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The Gentle Waves: Swansong for You *

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (3/2/01, p.70) - "...From the retro cover art...to the groovy use of Ahmmond organ, harp and glockenspeil, it's a near-fetishistic tribute - impressively executed..." - Rating: B

Q (12/00, pp.120-2) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A charming curio from an unusual and talented musician."

Melody Maker (11/28/00, p.50) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Isobel Campbell reveals her Juliana Hatfield voice, and it's all, yes, pleasantly twee."

NME (Magazine) (11/18/00, p.42) - 7 out of 10 - "...Like a cabaret band at a doll's tea party....There is something beneath the cardigan, and what's more, it sounds good..."

Album Notes

The Gentle Waves includes: Isobel Campbell.

Additional personnel includes: David Scott (acoustic & electric guitars); Mick Cooke (guitar, trumpet, glockenspiel); Stevie Jackson, Neil Humphrey (guitar); Malcolm McMaster (steel guitar); Margaret Smith (flute); Jenny Diver (saxophone); Chris Geddes (piano, organ); Ed McFarlane, Ryan Smith (acoustic bass); Stuart Murdoch (bass); Richard Colburn, Ross McFarlane, Johnny Quinn (drums, percussion).

Under the cover of the Gentle Waves, Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell released her second solo effort, SWANSONG FOR YOU, in 2000. And once again, it sounds like a more stripped down, intimate version of her main band. Much like its predecessor, SWANSONG features Campbell's breathy vocals over sparse arrangements; soft piano or picked acoustic guitars are balanced with gorgeous string arrangements. In her charming Scottish accent, Campbell has a knack for sounding like she's singing for the listener alone. SWANSONG's successes make it arguably her finest achievement as a solo performer, even if the last under the Gentle Waves moniker.


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