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Shake The Spirit

Elle King

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Through sheer persistence, Elle King turned her 2015 debut Love Stuff into a smash hit, working its lead single, "Ex's & Oh's," for over a year until it cracked the Billboard Top 10 and earned two Grammy nominations. "Ex's & Oh's" raised the stakes for Shake the Spirit, the sophomore set King delivered three-and-a-half years after her debut. From the moment "Talk of the Town" kicks off Shake the Spirit in a flurry of fuzz, it's clear King feels bolder than she did the first time around, allowing herself to break from the retro stylings that defined Love Stuff without quite abandoning vintage sounds and form. As the tracks spill out, what's striking about Shake the Spirit is the extent to which King embraces flashy modern flair, a move that telegraphs her confidence in her own authenticity: she believes in the heart pulsing within these songs, so she's content to let the recording dazzle. There's a reason for this. Shake the Spirit was written in the upheaval of the success of Love Stuff, a period that included a quickie marriage, rock star excess, and an abundance of soul searching, so the songs are filled with yearning and uncertainty, emotions that could be reasonably called the blues. Much of the album is blues, but it's strength lies within King allowing herself not to be confined by notions of purity. Some of this comes from her selection of producers -- Greg Kurstin, the Grammy Award-winning producer of Adele, who has also worked with Beck and Paul McCartney, is the marquee name here, among several other noteworthy helmers -- but King is responsible for the splashy, sultry sound of Shake the Spirit, one that conjures the past while being firmly focused on the present. Its sonic audacity is so bracing, it's relatively easy to forgive the lyrical stumbles, which crystallize on the dirty puns of "It Girl," but that's nearly beside the point because, unlike Love Stuff, Shake the Spirit never seems indebted to Elle King's idols. Instead, it embodies her own bold, bawdy heart.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Talk Of The Town
00:03:36

Paul DeVincenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Background Vocal - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Keyboards, Other - Dave Rowland, Mixing Engineer - Cameron Neal, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Background Vocal - Dave Scalia, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocal - Kris Crawford, Assistant Engineer - Len Miln, Recording Engineer - Joseph McClellan, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Background Vocal

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

2
Baby Outlaw
00:03:19

Greg Kurstin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Bass - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixing Engineer - Michael Freeman, Assistant Engineer - Swang Lin, Violin, Concert Master - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Steel Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Matt Pence, Recording Engineer - alex pasco, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Ordabek Duissen, Violin - Buffi Jacobs, Cello, Performance Arranger - Steven Li, Violin - Arthur Busby, Violin - Florence Wang, Violin - Amy Faires Lin, Violin - Catherine Price Allain, Violin - Anne Bonnett, Violin - Shawna Hamilton, Cello - Paul Unger, Bass

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

3
Shame
00:02:39

Neal Avron, Mixing Engineer - Tim Pagnotta, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocal - Brian Phillips, Keyboards, Bass, Background Vocal, Misc. Prod. - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Guitar, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Skrzynski, Assistant Engineer - Len Miln, Recording Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

4
Man's Man
00:02:48

Michael H. Brauer, Mixing Engineer - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Keyboards - Matt Pence, Producer, Recording Engineer - Rebecca Lovell, Composer, Lyricist - Cameron Neal, Guitar - Steve Vealey, Assistant Engineer - Megan Lovell, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Dave Scalia, Drums, Percussion - Jesse Gibbon, Keyboards - Len Miln, Recording Engineer - Joseph McClellan, Guitar

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

5
Naturally Pretty Girls
00:03:13

Ben Gibbard, Composer, Lyricist - Paul DeVincenzo, Bass - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Keyboards, Other - Dave Rowland, Mixing Engineer - Cameron Neal, Guitar - Dave Scalia, Drums, Percussion - Jesse Gibbon, Keyboards - Kris Crawford, Assistant Engineer - Joseph McClellan, Guitar - Michael Harrish, Recording Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

6
Told You So
00:02:39

Tony Hoffer, Mixing Engineer - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Recording Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - David Sherman, Keyboards, Other - Steve Vealey, Assistant Engineer - Len Miln, Recording Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

7
Good Thing Gone
00:04:52

Michael H. Brauer, Mixing Engineer - Paul DeVincenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Swang Lin, Violin, Concert Master - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Other - Joey McClellan, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Pence, Producer, Recording Engineer - Steve Vealey, Assistant Engineer - Dave Scalia, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Percussion - Jesse Gibbon, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Ordabek Duissen, Violin - Buffi Jacobs, Cello, Strings - Len Miln, Recording Engineer - Steven Li, Violin - Arthur Busby, Violin - Florence Wang, Violin - Amy Faires Lin, Violin - Catherine Price Allain, Violin - Anne Bonnett, Violin - Shawna Hamilton, Cello - Paul Unger, Bass - Joseph McClellan, Guitar - David J. Pierce, Horn, Trombone - David Monsch, Saxophone - Mike Morisson, Baritone Saxophone - Cherish Robinson, Background Vocal

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

8
Runaway
00:04:26

Greg Kurstin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Timpani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Marimba, Other - Swang Lin, Violin, Concert Master - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Other - Matt Pence, Recording Engineer - alex pasco, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Julian Burg, Engineer - Ordabek Duissen, Violin - Buffi Jacobs, Cello, Strings - Steven Li, Violin - Arthur Busby, Violin - Florence Wang, Violin - Amy Faires Lin, Violin - Catherine Price Allain, Violin - Anne Bonnett, Violin - Shawna Hamilton, Cello - Paul Unger, Bass

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

9
It Girl
00:03:42

Michael H. Brauer, Mixing Engineer - Paul DeVincenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Bass, Background Vocal - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Other - Joey McClellan, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Pence, Producer, Recording Engineer - Cameron Neal, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Background Vocal - Steve Vealey, Assistant Engineer - Dave Scalia, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocal - Jesse Gibbon, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Background Vocal - Len Miln, Recording Engineer - Joseph McClellan, Guitar, Background Vocal - David J. Pierce, Horn, Trombone - David Monsch, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Mike Morisson, Baritone Saxophone - Jason Wyatt Frederick, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

10
Ram Jam
00:04:06

Tony Hoffer, Mixing Engineer - Paul DeVincenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Swang Lin, Violin, Concert Master - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Other - Joey McClellan, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Pence, Producer, Recording Engineer - Dave Scalia, Composer, Lyricist, Drums, Percussion - Jesse Gibbon, Keyboards - Ordabek Duissen, Violin - Buffi Jacobs, Cello, Strings - Len Miln, Recording Engineer - Steven Li, Violin - Arthur Busby, Violin - Florence Wang, Violin - Amy Faires Lin, Violin - Catherine Price Allain, Violin - Anne Bonnett, Violin - Shawna Hamilton, Cello - Paul Unger, Bass - Joseph McClellan, Guitar - David J. Pierce, Horn, Trombone - David Monsch, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Mike Morisson, Baritone Saxophone

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

11
Sober
00:04:25

Paul DeVincenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Joey McClellan, Composer, Lyricist - Elliot Jacobson, Composer, Lyricist, Drums - Matt Pence, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Rebecca Lovell, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar - Cameron Neal, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar - Megan Lovell, Composer, Lyricist, Other - Dave Scalia, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Jesse Gibbon, Composer, Lyricist, Piano - Len Miln, Recording Engineer

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

12
Chained
00:04:10

Paul DeVincenzo, Keyboards - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - David Sherman, Other - Matt Pence, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Cameron Neal, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Dave Scalia, Drums - Jesse Gibbon, Piano - Len Miln, Recording Engineer - Elle King feat. Cameron Neal, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph McClellan, Guitar - David J. Pierce, Horn, Trombone - David Monsch, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Mike Morisson, Baritone Saxophone

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

13
Little Bit Of Lovin'
00:06:33

Michael H. Brauer, Mixing Engineer - Paul DeVincenzo, Bass, Background Vocal - Elle King, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Sherman, Other - Matt Pence, Producer, Recording Engineer - Cameron Neal, Background Vocal - Steve Vealey, Assistant Engineer - Dave Scalia, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocal - Jesse Gibbon, Keyboards - Len Miln, Recording Engineer - Joseph McClellan, Guitar, Background Vocal - Cherish Robinson, Choir, Background Vocal - Denton Choir, Background Vocal

(P) 2018 RCA Records, a division on Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Through sheer persistence, Elle King turned her 2015 debut Love Stuff into a smash hit, working its lead single, "Ex's & Oh's," for over a year until it cracked the Billboard Top 10 and earned two Grammy nominations. "Ex's & Oh's" raised the stakes for Shake the Spirit, the sophomore set King delivered three-and-a-half years after her debut. From the moment "Talk of the Town" kicks off Shake the Spirit in a flurry of fuzz, it's clear King feels bolder than she did the first time around, allowing herself to break from the retro stylings that defined Love Stuff without quite abandoning vintage sounds and form. As the tracks spill out, what's striking about Shake the Spirit is the extent to which King embraces flashy modern flair, a move that telegraphs her confidence in her own authenticity: she believes in the heart pulsing within these songs, so she's content to let the recording dazzle. There's a reason for this. Shake the Spirit was written in the upheaval of the success of Love Stuff, a period that included a quickie marriage, rock star excess, and an abundance of soul searching, so the songs are filled with yearning and uncertainty, emotions that could be reasonably called the blues. Much of the album is blues, but it's strength lies within King allowing herself not to be confined by notions of purity. Some of this comes from her selection of producers -- Greg Kurstin, the Grammy Award-winning producer of Adele, who has also worked with Beck and Paul McCartney, is the marquee name here, among several other noteworthy helmers -- but King is responsible for the splashy, sultry sound of Shake the Spirit, one that conjures the past while being firmly focused on the present. Its sonic audacity is so bracing, it's relatively easy to forgive the lyrical stumbles, which crystallize on the dirty puns of "It Girl," but that's nearly beside the point because, unlike Love Stuff, Shake the Spirit never seems indebted to Elle King's idols. Instead, it embodies her own bold, bawdy heart.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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