Love War CD (2009)

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Label Phantom Sound & Vision
SKU 211407299
UPC 886974731924
UPC 14 00886974731924
Format CD
Release Date 6/24/2009
Author Daniel Merriweather
Compilation Appearance Prime
Compilation Appearance Leanin On Slick(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Ronson, Mark
Associated Artist/Work Wale
Technical Info
Engineer Matt Lawrence; Noah Goldstein; Andrew Wyatt; Eg White; Gabriel Roth; Ian Shea; Derek Pacuk; Tim Conklin
Producer Andrew Wyatt; Eg White; Mark Ronson
CatalogID 7473192
Lable Name Sony BMG
Released 2009
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 54s
UPC 00886974731924
Musical Guests
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Daniel Merriweather (drums); Binky Griptite (guitar, electric sitar); Harper Simon, Sean Lennon, Thomas Brenneck (guitar); Eg White (electric guitar, nylon-string guitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer, string synthesizer, drums, percussion, background vocals); Alyssa Park, John Wittenberg, Alan Grunfeld, Gerardo Hilera, Jacqueline Brand , Sara Parkins, Armen Garabedian, Josefina Vergara (violin); Matthew Funes, Andrew Duckles (viola); Larry Corbett, Steve Richards (cello); Neal Sugarman (tenor saxophone); Victor Axelrod (piano, keyboards); Andrew Wyatt (piano, string synthesizer); Adam Stone, James Poyser (piano); Raymond Angry (organ); Toby Pazner (vibraphone); Homer Steinweiss (drums); Sam Koppelman, Fernando Velez (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Tom Elmhirst; Eg White; Jeremy Wheatley.
Recording information: Allido Studios, NYC; Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Chung King, New York, NY; Daptone Studios, NYC; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; metropolis Studios, London, England.
Photographer: Malcolm Beckford.
If you wanted to insult Daniel Merriweather's debut album, you could call it Back to Black without all the personality. Like Winehouse's game-changing album, Merriweather's is also drenched in Mark Ronson's nostalgic production with all its Sam Cooke spirit and '60s R&B sophistication. The big difference here is that the Australian, twenty-something Merriweather comes with no punkish attitude, and once you take away the appearance from rapper Wale, plus the slacker heartbreak number "Getting Out" ("And now I can't get my ass off the couch because of you") you're left with a retro-soul effort that won't disrupt mom and dad's date night. This more traditional throwback is more rewarding than it may seem, as Ronson's borrowing from the past is respectfully crafted here with warm strings and easy, swaying beats perfectly complementing this singer's full-bodied voice. The key track, "Impossible," is somewhere between a Bond theme and a deep cut from Terence Trent D'Arby, while the infectious "Change" gives the album just enough flash and punch with its easy hip-hop flavor. Big ballad "Red" sounds like the best number found on any given Hugh Grant rom-com soundtrack while "Not Giving Up" is a well-executed, uptempo fingersnapper that should make Jamiroquai jealous. If you're looking for a non-confessional alternative to Back to Black that won't take over the room, Love & War will serve that soulful purpose. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.82) - "[T]he producer surrounds Merriweather's passionate vocals with tasty retro-soul trimmings..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Merriweather's voice, ardent and elastic, is made for the genre." -- Grade: B
Billboard - "Merriweather delivers just fine in his own right, with a soulful voice of the Otis Redding/Al Green/Marvin Gaye variety and lushly arranged songs that channel an array of influences..."
Disc 1
1 For Your Money
2 Impossible
3 Change - (featuring Wale)
4 Chainsaw
5 Cigarettes
6 Red
7 Could You
8 Not Giving Up
9 Getting Out
10 Water and a Flame
11 Live By Night
12 Giving Away Everything for Free

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