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Gilbert O'Sullivan

Gilbert O'sullivan

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Gilbert O'Sullivan never departed from the whimsical template he minted with his 1971 debut, Himself: he merely spent the following decades finding variations on his playful post-McCartney pop. After his hits dried up -- in the U.S., that happened after 1973, but he was a mainstay on the U.K. charts until 1975, popping up for a final time in 1980 with "Down, Down, Down" -- his albums were largely modest affairs, which is why 2018's Gilbert O'Sullivan is so striking. Working with a name producer for the first time in eons -- it's Ethan Johns, who has previously worked with Robyn Hitchcock, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Tom Jones, and Paul McCartney himself -- Gilbert doesn't try anything new on this self-titled album, but his execution is the best it's been since his popular peak. It's not simply that Johns' production is tasteful and warm, it's that the producer steers O'Sullivan toward sanding away many of his cutesy tendencies, the kind of thing that kept Himself and Back to Front a shade mischievous. Without that impishness, Gilbert O'Sullivan sounds age-appropriate -- as tuneful as ever, still sporting that cheerful wink, but comfortable in his skin. For anybody who's harbored affection for O'Sullivan, this ease makes the album hard to resist.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
At the End of the Day
00:03:11

Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

2
The Same the Whole World Over
00:03:15

Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

3
Love How You Leave Me
00:02:51

Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

4
What Is It About My Girl
00:03:40

Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Andy Fairweather Low, Backing Vocals - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

5
I'll Never Love Again
00:03:35

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Nick Ingham, Conductor, Orchestral Arranger - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Laurence Davies, French Horn - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Tamas Andras, Violin - Ian Maclay, Director - Laurence Anslow, AssistantEngineer - Matt Cooke, AssistantEngineer - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

6
Where Did You Go To?
00:03:34

Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Chris Turpin, Backing Vocals - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Backing Vocals, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer - Emma Topolski, Backing Vocals - Tasmin Topolski, Backing Vocals

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

7
Dansette Dreams and 45's
00:05:51

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer, Guitar - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Laurence Davies, French Horn - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Tamas Andras, Violin - Ian Maclay, Director - Laurence Anslow, AssistantEngineer - Matt Cooke, AssistantEngineer - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

8
No Head for Figures but Yours
00:02:45

Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Andy Fairweather Low, Backing Vocals - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

9
Penny Drops
00:02:43

Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Chris Turpin, Backing Vocals - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Backing Vocals, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer - Emma Topolski, Backing Vocals - Tasmin Topolski, Backing Vocals

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

10
This Riff
00:02:48

Geraint Watkins, Piano - Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Chas Hodges, Piano - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

11
The Mind Boggles
00:03:39

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer, Backing Vocals - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Laurence Davies, French Horn - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Tamas Andras, Violin - Ian Maclay, Director - Laurence Anslow, AssistantEngineer - Chris Turpin, Backing Vocals - Matt Cooke, AssistantEngineer - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Backing Vocals, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer - Emma Topolski, Backing Vocals - Tasmin Topolski, Backing Vocals - Helen-Marie O'Sullivan McGoff, Backing Vocals

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

12
For the Record
00:02:39

Paul Stacey, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ethan Johns, Producer - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Gilbert O'sullivan, Composer, MainArtist - Dom Monks, Engineer & Mixer - Nick Pini, Bass Guitar - Stephanie Jean, Harpsichord, Organ, Fender Rhodes Piano, Mellotron - Wilson Nash, AssistantEngineer

© 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Grand Upright Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company

Album Description

Gilbert O'Sullivan never departed from the whimsical template he minted with his 1971 debut, Himself: he merely spent the following decades finding variations on his playful post-McCartney pop. After his hits dried up -- in the U.S., that happened after 1973, but he was a mainstay on the U.K. charts until 1975, popping up for a final time in 1980 with "Down, Down, Down" -- his albums were largely modest affairs, which is why 2018's Gilbert O'Sullivan is so striking. Working with a name producer for the first time in eons -- it's Ethan Johns, who has previously worked with Robyn Hitchcock, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Tom Jones, and Paul McCartney himself -- Gilbert doesn't try anything new on this self-titled album, but his execution is the best it's been since his popular peak. It's not simply that Johns' production is tasteful and warm, it's that the producer steers O'Sullivan toward sanding away many of his cutesy tendencies, the kind of thing that kept Himself and Back to Front a shade mischievous. Without that impishness, Gilbert O'Sullivan sounds age-appropriate -- as tuneful as ever, still sporting that cheerful wink, but comfortable in his skin. For anybody who's harbored affection for O'Sullivan, this ease makes the album hard to resist.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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