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Music City Soul

Beverley Knight

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Recorded in just five days in the deep south of Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Soul sees one of Britain's most accomplished urban talents, Beverley Knight, return to her roots following the underperformance of 2004's highly commercial Affirmation. Despite its recording location, the Wolverhampton diva's fifth studio album hasn't gone all country, but instead focuses on the Southern soul sounds of the '60s that influenced her early career. Whether it's a knee-jerk response to the disappointing sales of her "all-bases-covered" predecessor, or a genuine affectionate homage to the likes of Al Green, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin, its 15 tracks are undeniably and authentically old-school, thanks to Mark Nevers' organic production, Knight's full-throttled soulful vocals, and an inspired choice of collaborators and song choices. The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood lends his guitar skills to three tracks, including the bluesy feel-good opener "Every Time You See My Smile," and an impassioned gospel take on his own band's 1964 hit "Time on My Side," Robbie Williams' former songwriting partner Guy Chambers offers his trademark melodic sensibilities to both "Black Butta," a rip-roaring slice of rock & roll which owes more than a nod to Ike & Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits", and the Aerosmith-goes-funk of "Saviour," while the achingly gorgeous "No Man's Land," a languid but luscious ballad which showcases a rarely seen fragile side to Knight's usual blistering vocal presence, is the album's stand-out track, co-written with Adele and Joss Stone cohort Eg White. But suffering the same fate as many of her releases, Music City Soul can't sustain the same standard throughout, as she fails to make her mark on pedestrian cover versions of Homer Banks' "Ain't That a Lot of Love" and Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady," while the likes of "Tell Me I'm Wrong" and "Trade It Up" seem more concerned with replicating the period's vintage sound than providing any memorable hooks or melodies. Music City Soul may be one of the more credible Southern soul pastiches, but by looking to the past instead of focusing on the future, Knight is now in danger of surrendering her Queen of U.K. soul crown. ~ Jon O'Brien

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1
Every Time You See Me Smile 00:04:07

Martin Brammer, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Ben Barson, Composer - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Ain't That a Lot of Love 00:02:41

Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Willa Dean Parker, Composer - Beverley Knight, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - Homer Banks, Composer - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
After You 00:04:07

M. Leeson, Composer - Pete Vale, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Musicians - Beverley Knight, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Musicians, Recording - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
No Man's Land 00:03:28

Jimmy Hogarth, Guitar - Hogarth, Composer - White, Composer - Eg White, Producer, Mixer, Performed by - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - Eg , Producer, Mixer, All Instruments, Performed by

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
The Queen of Starting Over 00:03:47

Pete Vale, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Musicians - Beverley Knight, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Musicians, Recording - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Black Butta 00:03:40

Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Chambers, Composer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Saviour 00:02:57

Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Chambers, Composer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Time Is on My Side 00:03:32

Norman Meade, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Why Me Why You Why Now 00:03:56

Martin Brammer, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Ben Barson, Composer - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Tell Me I'm Wrong 00:03:48

Martin Brammer, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Ben Barson, Composer - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Trade It Up 00:03:36

Martin Brammer, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Ben Barson, Composer - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Rock Steady 00:03:26

Aretha Franklin, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Luke Smith, Organ - Bryan Chambers, Vocals - Beverley Knight, Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Pelanconi, Producer, Engineer - Alex Garnett, Saxophone - Paul Reid, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - Carlos Hercules, Drums - Paul Bruce, Bass - Billy Godfrey, Vocals - Louise Marsden, Vocals - Daniel Marsden, Trumpet - Nichol Thomson, Trombone - Stewart Trotman, Piano, Fender Rhodes Keyboards

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Uptight 00:03:13

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Mixer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Back to You 00:03:47

Craig Wiseman, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Producer, Arranger, Engineer - Matt Rovey, Editor - Bobby Woods, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Agee, Arranger, Assistant - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger, Arrangement Horn - DERRICK LEE, Keyboards, Piano - Brian Kotzur, Drums - Amanda Hasell, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Jamal Carter, Vocals - Janice Corder, Vocals - Ann McCrary, Vocals - Tony Crow, Arranger, Strings - Paul Burch, Guitar, Percussion - Duane Denison, Guitar - James Long, Guitar - Matthew Allen, Recording, Assistant - Pete Cummings, Bass

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

15
After You (Radio Mix) 00:03:58

M. Leeson, Composer - Peter Vale, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Synthesizer - Pete Vale, Composer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Nevers, Arranger - Roy Agee, Arranger - Beverley Knight, Vocals, MainArtist - LLOYD BARRY, Arranger - Tony Crow, Arranger - Alex Maxwell, Engineer

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

16
All My Living (Demo Version) 00:03:08

Martin Brammer, Composer, Producer, Programmer - Beverley Knight, Composer, MainArtist - Ben Barson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards

2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Descrizione dell'album

Recorded in just five days in the deep south of Nashville, Tennessee, Music City Soul sees one of Britain's most accomplished urban talents, Beverley Knight, return to her roots following the underperformance of 2004's highly commercial Affirmation. Despite its recording location, the Wolverhampton diva's fifth studio album hasn't gone all country, but instead focuses on the Southern soul sounds of the '60s that influenced her early career. Whether it's a knee-jerk response to the disappointing sales of her "all-bases-covered" predecessor, or a genuine affectionate homage to the likes of Al Green, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin, its 15 tracks are undeniably and authentically old-school, thanks to Mark Nevers' organic production, Knight's full-throttled soulful vocals, and an inspired choice of collaborators and song choices. The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood lends his guitar skills to three tracks, including the bluesy feel-good opener "Every Time You See My Smile," and an impassioned gospel take on his own band's 1964 hit "Time on My Side," Robbie Williams' former songwriting partner Guy Chambers offers his trademark melodic sensibilities to both "Black Butta," a rip-roaring slice of rock & roll which owes more than a nod to Ike & Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits", and the Aerosmith-goes-funk of "Saviour," while the achingly gorgeous "No Man's Land," a languid but luscious ballad which showcases a rarely seen fragile side to Knight's usual blistering vocal presence, is the album's stand-out track, co-written with Adele and Joss Stone cohort Eg White. But suffering the same fate as many of her releases, Music City Soul can't sustain the same standard throughout, as she fails to make her mark on pedestrian cover versions of Homer Banks' "Ain't That a Lot of Love" and Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady," while the likes of "Tell Me I'm Wrong" and "Trade It Up" seem more concerned with replicating the period's vintage sound than providing any memorable hooks or melodies. Music City Soul may be one of the more credible Southern soul pastiches, but by looking to the past instead of focusing on the future, Knight is now in danger of surrendering her Queen of U.K. soul crown. ~ Jon O'Brien

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