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Baxter Dury|It's a Pleasure

It's a Pleasure

Baxter Dury

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His father's son through and through, Baxter Dury not only sounds a bit like his old man Ian, he is attracted to a similarly chintzy production that pushes attention away from the arrangements and to his words. This is especially true on 2014's It's a Pleasure, his fourth record in a decade and evidence that he's no longer concerned about whether audiences draw comparisons between him and his father anymore. Indeed, "Palm Trees" glides by on a bit of cod Euro-disco that can't help but recall Do It Yourself and much of It's a Pleasure follows suit, favoring tightly sequenced drum machines warmed by cooing female backing vocals. The neo-new wave vibe here is often appealing -- it hits an apex on the vaguely paranoid "Whispered," a minor-key, slyly propulsive gem -- and if Dury could stand to enunciate with precision, his marble-mouth mumble nevertheless works as texture, turning this record into a peculiar, distinctive oddity that seems as if it's all about words when it's really all about feel.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Pleasure
00:02:22

Craig Silvey, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer, Producer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

2
Palm Trees
00:04:20

Dan Carey, Producer - Craig Silvey, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer - Baxter Dury, Composer, MainArtist - Fabienne Débarre, Composer

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

3
Other Men's Girls
00:03:45

Craig Silvey, Producer, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer, Producer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Fabienne Débarre, Composer

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

4
Police
00:03:05

Craig Silvey, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer, Producer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Fabienne Débarre, Composer

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

5
Lips
00:03:05

Craig Silvey, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer, Producer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

6
Whispered
00:04:17

Craig Silvey, Producer, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer, Producer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Ben Gallagher, Composer

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

7
Petals
00:02:26

Craig Silvey, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer, Producer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Ben Gallagher, Composer

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

8
White Men
00:03:55

Craig Silvey, MixingEngineer - Cameron Craig, Producer - Mike More, Composer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Fabienne Débarre, Composer

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

9
Wintery Kisses
00:02:25

Craig Silvey, Producer, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer, Producer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Fabienne Débarre, Composer

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

10
Babies
00:03:51

Craig Silvey, Producer, MixingEngineer - Mike More, Composer, Producer - Baxter Dury, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

2014 [PIAS] Le Label 2014 [PIAS] Le Label

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His father's son through and through, Baxter Dury not only sounds a bit like his old man Ian, he is attracted to a similarly chintzy production that pushes attention away from the arrangements and to his words. This is especially true on 2014's It's a Pleasure, his fourth record in a decade and evidence that he's no longer concerned about whether audiences draw comparisons between him and his father anymore. Indeed, "Palm Trees" glides by on a bit of cod Euro-disco that can't help but recall Do It Yourself and much of It's a Pleasure follows suit, favoring tightly sequenced drum machines warmed by cooing female backing vocals. The neo-new wave vibe here is often appealing -- it hits an apex on the vaguely paranoid "Whispered," a minor-key, slyly propulsive gem -- and if Dury could stand to enunciate with precision, his marble-mouth mumble nevertheless works as texture, turning this record into a peculiar, distinctive oddity that seems as if it's all about words when it's really all about feel.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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