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Come From Heaven

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While Massive Attack wisely didn't have a complete clone of theirs be the first act on their Melankolic label, Alpha still clearly follows in the footsteps of the Bristol masters. The same sense of smoky late-night blues and vibes, subtle tension and weird beauty abound, but while Massive cranks up the ominous paranoia, Alpha favors a softer, driftier approach, a touch more user-friendly but as a result a bit less distinct. For what it is, though, Heaven is quite fine, a gently queasy blend of sounds and styles that manages to be tasteful and downright romantic without being airbrushed soul. Opening track "My Things" sets the tone cleverly, blending an orchestral sample from a Percy Faith take on Bacharach and David's "The April Fools" into a layered wash of keyboards and soft pulses that is at once easy listening and slightly off. Bacharach/David interpretations are actually a touchstone throughout the album, being sampled on at least four different tracks. The Shara Nelson equivalent for the album is Wendy Stubbs, who has a fine contralto that purrs around about half the album's songs, including "Rain" and the wittily entitled "Nyquil." At points the production gives her a distinct Beth Gibbons flavor as well, "Slim" being especially noticeable on this front. On the Horace Andy side of things, Martin Barnard has a soft, higher vocal range than most; it is at once soothing and quietly entrancing, a good choice for the songs he works on, including "Sometime Later" and "Back," the latter of which intriguingly mixes both another Bacharach/David sample and a snippet of Sylvia Plath reading her poetry into the music. When the duo fully stretches its collage/sampling muscles, as on the title track, it can be quite breathtaking, a careful balance between chaos and atmospherics. Heaven makes for a fine start to Alpha's career -- definitely a band to watch for. ~ Ned Raggett

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1
My Things 00:04:09

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

2
Rain 00:05:07

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Wendy Stubbs, Composer

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

3
Sometime Later 00:07:00

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, ComposerLyricist - Corin Dingley, ComposerLyricist - Martin Barnard, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

4
Delaney 00:04:55

Helen White, Composer - Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Martin Barnard, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

5
Hazeldub 00:05:46

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

6
Slim 00:05:51

Helen White, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

7
Come From Heaven 00:02:15

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

8
Back 00:05:01

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, ComposerLyricist - Corin Dingley, ComposerLyricist - Martin Barnard, ComposerLyricist - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

9
Nyquil 00:06:54

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Wendy Stubbs, Composer

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

10
Apple Orange 00:06:10

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

11
With 00:03:31

Helen White, Composer - Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

12
Firefly 00:04:46

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Martin Barnard, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

13
Somewhere Not Here 00:07:17

Andy Bradfield, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Hicks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Metcalfe, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Findlay, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Migliari, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alpha, Producer, MainArtist - Jacquie Turner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Scannell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Jenks, Composer - Corin Dingley, Composer - Emma Jones, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Griffith, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Wendy Stubbs, Composer

(C) 1997 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic

Descriptif de l'album

While Massive Attack wisely didn't have a complete clone of theirs be the first act on their Melankolic label, Alpha still clearly follows in the footsteps of the Bristol masters. The same sense of smoky late-night blues and vibes, subtle tension and weird beauty abound, but while Massive cranks up the ominous paranoia, Alpha favors a softer, driftier approach, a touch more user-friendly but as a result a bit less distinct. For what it is, though, Heaven is quite fine, a gently queasy blend of sounds and styles that manages to be tasteful and downright romantic without being airbrushed soul. Opening track "My Things" sets the tone cleverly, blending an orchestral sample from a Percy Faith take on Bacharach and David's "The April Fools" into a layered wash of keyboards and soft pulses that is at once easy listening and slightly off. Bacharach/David interpretations are actually a touchstone throughout the album, being sampled on at least four different tracks. The Shara Nelson equivalent for the album is Wendy Stubbs, who has a fine contralto that purrs around about half the album's songs, including "Rain" and the wittily entitled "Nyquil." At points the production gives her a distinct Beth Gibbons flavor as well, "Slim" being especially noticeable on this front. On the Horace Andy side of things, Martin Barnard has a soft, higher vocal range than most; it is at once soothing and quietly entrancing, a good choice for the songs he works on, including "Sometime Later" and "Back," the latter of which intriguingly mixes both another Bacharach/David sample and a snippet of Sylvia Plath reading her poetry into the music. When the duo fully stretches its collage/sampling muscles, as on the title track, it can be quite breathtaking, a careful balance between chaos and atmospherics. Heaven makes for a fine start to Alpha's career -- definitely a band to watch for. ~ Ned Raggett

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