Only If You Look Up CD (2002)

Artist: Portable

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Product Overview


Label Tee Vee Tunes
SKU 60548485
UPC 016581335028
UPC 14 00016581335028
Format CD
Release Date 4/9/2002
Author Portable
Technical Info
Engineer John Hiler; Brad Wood
Producer Chance; Brad Wood
CatalogID 3350
Lable Name TVT (Dist.)
Released 04/09/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00016581335028
Album Notes and Credits
Contains a hidden track following "Last Song".
Portabel includes: Chance (vocals, guitar, piano); Gus Ciceri (guitar); Sebastian Ciceri (bass); Brian Levy (drums).
Additional personnel includes: David "DT" Tobacman (strings); Stewart Whitmore (sequencing).
Recorded at Media Vortex, Burbank, California and Brad's Pit, Studio City, California.
Personnel: Gus Ciceri (guitar); Brian Levy (drums).
Audio Mixer: Tim Palmer.
Recording information: Brad's Pit, Studio City, CA; Media Vortex, Burbank, CA.
Photographers: Amy Kurtz; Martha Cooper.
One of the interesting things about David Bowie is his ability to combine accessible melodies with lyrics that aren't always so accessible. Bowie's lyrics can be complex and abstract, but his melodies -- glam rock, hard rock, funk, dance-pop, or otherwise -- often have a way of grabbing the listener immediately. His lyrics may not offer immediacy, but his melodies and hooks do. And like a lot of Bowie's work, Only If You Look Up has a way of combining easy to absorb melodies with lyrics that aren't always easy to absorb. Portable has an attractive post-grunge sound -- one that owes something to Smashing Pumpkins, Collective Soul, and Radiohead as well as Pearl Jam and Nirvana -- and on this 2002 release, the band has plenty of attractive melodies and solid songwriting to go with that sound. "Never Small," "Suffocate," and "Better Get the Daisies Out" aren't the sort of songs that need to grow on the listener; melodically, these tunes win the listener over at once. But that doesn't mean that the lyrics, all of which were written by lead singer Chance, are simplistic. Quite the contrary -- Chance's lyrics tend to be emotionally complex, and they don't go out of their way to be accessible. His lyrics are as contemplative as they are personal -- so personal, in fact, that they may require some hard thinking on the part of the listener. And because the lyrics of Chance (who produced Only If You Look Up with Brad Wood) aren't always straightforward, in some cases three different listeners might get three different things out of a song's lyrics. But one won't have to do a lot of hard thinking to hear how much emotion and feeling Chance is pouring into his words, or to realize just how musically appealing this album is. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 Never Small
2 Man Destroys, A
3 Better Get The Daisies Out
4 Roll Over And Play Dead
5 Given
6 Suffocate
7 Left
8 Clear
9 Second Hand Time
10 Come In From The Cold
11 Bright
12 Last Song
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