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Though the Hope Blister is technically a continuation of 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell's project This Mortal Coil, its small, steady lineup of musicians and focus on covers sets it apart from his previous project. ...smile's ok, the Hope Blister's 1998 debut, takes this seemingly restrictive concept and integrates it into the larger 4AD vision, thanks to the return of former This Mortal Coil vocalist Louise Rutkowski and the album's versions of labelmates' songs. Heidi Berry's "Only Human" and "Dagger" by Neil Halstead (of Slowdive and the label's own Mojave 3) receive new readings, while "Is Jesus Your Pal," by Iceland's Slow Blow, was also covered by the label's Gus Gus. "Sweet Unknown," written by the similarly ethereal Cranes, is also remade on ...smile's ok. The album's sparse instrumentation, which includes Laurence O'Keefe's subtle bass and Audrey Riley's cello playing and string arrangements, conveys great emotion with little clutter. For Watts-Russell and crew, as well as 4AD, the Hope Blister is a natural progression, and a welcome one.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
Dagger
00:05:53

Leo Payne, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Riley, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Halstead, ComposerLyricist - Richard Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Astrid Williamson, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tombling, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence O'Keefe, AssociatedPerformer - The Hope Blister, MainArtist - Louise Rutkowski, AssociatedPerformer - Susan Patricia Dench, AssociatedPerformer - Dmitri Williams, AssociatedPerformer

1998 4AD Ltd 1998 4AD Ltd

2
Only Human
00:03:59

Leo Payne, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Riley, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Astrid Williamson, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tombling, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence O'Keefe, AssociatedPerformer - Heidi Berry, ComposerLyricist - The Hope Blister, MainArtist - Louise Rutkowski, AssociatedPerformer - Susan Patricia Dench, AssociatedPerformer - Dmitri Williams, AssociatedPerformer

1998 4AD Ltd 1998 4AD Ltd

3
The Outer Skin
00:05:43

Leo Payne, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Riley, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Astrid Williamson, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tombling, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence O'Keefe, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Knox, ComposerLyricist - The Hope Blister, MainArtist - Louise Rutkowski, AssociatedPerformer - Susan Patricia Dench, AssociatedPerformer - Dmitri Williams, AssociatedPerformer

1998 4AD Ltd 1998 4AD Ltd

4
Sweet Unknown
00:04:17

Jim Shaw, ComposerLyricist - Leo Payne, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Riley, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Shaw, ComposerLyricist - Richard Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Astrid Williamson, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tombling, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence O'Keefe, AssociatedPerformer - The Hope Blister, MainArtist - Louise Rutkowski, AssociatedPerformer - Susan Patricia Dench, AssociatedPerformer - Dmitri Williams, AssociatedPerformer

1998 4AD Ltd 1998 4AD Ltd

5
Let The Happiness In
00:06:07

David Sylvian, ComposerLyricist - Leo Payne, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Riley, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Astrid Williamson, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tombling, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence O'Keefe, AssociatedPerformer - The Hope Blister, MainArtist - Louise Rutkowski, AssociatedPerformer - Susan Patricia Dench, AssociatedPerformer - Dmitri Williams, AssociatedPerformer

1998 4AD Ltd 1998 4AD Ltd

6
Is Jesus Your Pal
00:06:24

Leo Payne, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Riley, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Astrid Williamson, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tombling, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence O'Keefe, AssociatedPerformer - Slowblow, ComposerLyricist - The Hope Blister, MainArtist - Louise Rutkowski, AssociatedPerformer - Susan Patricia Dench, AssociatedPerformer - Dmitri Williams, AssociatedPerformer

1998 4AD Ltd 1998 4AD Ltd

7
Spider And I
00:05:03

Brian Eno, ComposerLyricist - Leo Payne, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Riley, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Astrid Williamson, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tombling, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence O'Keefe, AssociatedPerformer - The Hope Blister, MainArtist - Louise Rutkowski, AssociatedPerformer - Susan Patricia Dench, AssociatedPerformer - Dmitri Williams, AssociatedPerformer

1998 4AD Ltd 1998 4AD Ltd

8
Hanky Panky Nohow
00:04:41

John Cale, ComposerLyricist - Leo Payne, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Riley, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Thomas, AssociatedPerformer - Astrid Williamson, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Tombling, AssociatedPerformer - Laurence O'Keefe, AssociatedPerformer - The Hope Blister, MainArtist - Louise Rutkowski, AssociatedPerformer - Susan Patricia Dench, AssociatedPerformer - Dmitri Williams, AssociatedPerformer

1998 4AD Ltd 1998 4AD Ltd

Album Description

Though the Hope Blister is technically a continuation of 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell's project This Mortal Coil, its small, steady lineup of musicians and focus on covers sets it apart from his previous project. ...smile's ok, the Hope Blister's 1998 debut, takes this seemingly restrictive concept and integrates it into the larger 4AD vision, thanks to the return of former This Mortal Coil vocalist Louise Rutkowski and the album's versions of labelmates' songs. Heidi Berry's "Only Human" and "Dagger" by Neil Halstead (of Slowdive and the label's own Mojave 3) receive new readings, while "Is Jesus Your Pal," by Iceland's Slow Blow, was also covered by the label's Gus Gus. "Sweet Unknown," written by the similarly ethereal Cranes, is also remade on ...smile's ok. The album's sparse instrumentation, which includes Laurence O'Keefe's subtle bass and Audrey Riley's cello playing and string arrangements, conveys great emotion with little clutter. For Watts-Russell and crew, as well as 4AD, the Hope Blister is a natural progression, and a welcome one.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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