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Gabrielle: Gabrielle

Album Reviews:

Vibe (11/96, p.138) - "...Following the well-trodden path of fellow Brits Seal and Des'ree, Gabrielle's highly personal songs lean toward motivational sonic epics dedicated to the vagaries of love..."

Melody Maker (6/29/96, p.50) - "...Her voice is a living, walking, talking breathing miracle; a tender whisper which seems to bypasss speakers and stereo and emanate from somewhere between your cerebral cortex and that squishy lump that holds childhood memories or phone numbers or your sense of smell..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Gabrielle (vocals); Ben Barson (acoustic & electric guitars, piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, bass); Matt Coldrick (guitar); The London Session Orchestra (strings); Tim Sanders, Annie Whitehead, Roddy Lorimer, Simon Clarke, John Barclay, Steve Sidwell, Pete Beechil, Phil Todd, Jamie Talbot (horns); Paul Taylor (keyboards, bass); Thomas McElroy, Denzil Foster (keyboards, programming); Garry Hughes (keyboards, programming); Geoff Dugmore (drums); Louis Jardim (percussion); Tracey Ackerman, Andy Caine, Lisabell, Keith Brown, Eric Buruya Burnett, Stacy Hogg, Von Deshotel (background vocals).

Producers include: The Boilerhouse Boys, Ashley Beedle, Marc Woolford, Denzil Foster.

Engineers include: Chris Potter, Steve Counter, Ken Kessie.

Gabrielle's eponymous second album isn't all that dissimiliar from her debut Find Your Way. It's still the same mix of appealingly lightweight pop, urban soul and Eurotrash disco that made the debut a success, and it still has the same ratio of winners to clunkers. So, there's not much different at all, but that's not bad, because the singles, including "Give Me a Little More Time," are fine pop concotions that make Gabrielle a frothy, guilty pleasure. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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