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Book Of Lightning

Album: Book Of Lightning
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Crash Of Angel Wings Album Version More Info... 4:02
2)    Love Will Shoot You Down Album Version More Info... 4:34
3)    Nobody's Baby Anymore Album Version More Info... 4:43
4)    Strange Arrangement Album Version More Info... 3:33
5)    She Tried To Hold Me Album Version More Info... 7:18
6)    It's Gonna Rain Album Version More Info... 3:03
7)    Sustain Album Version More Info... 3:21
8)    You In The Sky Album Version More Info... 4:38
9)    Everybody Takes A Tumble Album Version More Info... 7:05
10)    The Man With The Wind At His Heels Album Version More Info... 3:04
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Mike Scott (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, tambourine, percussion, bells, sleigh bell, loops, sound effects); Johnny Andres, Johnny Andrews (vocals); Leo Abrahams (guitar, electric guitar); Chris Bruce (electric guitar); Steve Wickham (fiddle, viola); Roddy Lorimer (trumpet); Richard Naiff (piano, organ); Ida Nilsen (piano); Mike Rowe (electric piano, organ); Jeremy Stacey, Rev. Brady Blade, Barry Mirochnick (drums); Clive Deamer (tabla); Daniel Presley (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Mike Scott ; Ren Swan; Steve Evans ; Tim Martin.
  • Recording information: Eden And Quest; Intimate; Music Room, Findhorn; Sarm West, Basing Street, Longon; The Greenhouse, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Introduction by: Clive Deamer.
  • Photographers: Helge Skodvin; Steve Gullick .
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Mike Rowe; Leo Abrahams.
  • Arranger: Mike Scott .
  • Mike Scott recorded his ninth Waterboys record live in the studio, bringing along some old friends and re-igniting a fire that had been burning awfully low since 2003's deeply introspective and inconsistent Universal Hall. Opening with Book of Lightning's finest four minutes, the gorgeous "Crash of Angel's Wings," fueled by the instantly recognizable laser sweep of longtime Julian Cope collaborator Thighpaulsandra, Scott doesn't just breath life back into the band, he makes it sound like a band again. This is the amiable and slightly mischievous Waterboys of old, as evidenced by the tight, Beatles-inspired "Nobody's Baby Anymore," which takes a winking look at age, success, and longing for the day where "Peacocks danced around my eyes" and "I kissed riches/Strode tall in my britches," but that's not to say that the weighty themes of life, loss, faith, and hope aren't still the bedrock on which Scott builds his sonic temples. "Strange Arrangement" echoes the more soulful, R&B-influenced ballads from Room to Roam, the aching "Sustain" relies heavily on Vancouver backing band Great Aunt Ida's dynamic, tide-like construction and longtime trumpet collaborator Roddy Lorimer's steeple-high runs, and Scott revisits the "Big Music" of the Pagan Place era on "It's Gonna Rain," a rousing, vaguely apocalyptic romp that echoes "The Whole of the Moon." This time around, the soul-searching feels like part of the process rather than the mission itself, and even the somewhat manipulative "Everybody Takes a Tumble," which is nearly a carbon copy of "Fisherman's Blues," feels like a campfire full of good-natured charlatans on a stormy night, just waiting to talk the ear off of some lucky (or unlucky) traveler. [Book of Lightning is also available with a bonus DVD called The Travels of the Waterboys.] ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.51) - "[They combine] the Celtic soul of Van Morrison with Bob Dylan's wordplay and Jimi Hendrix's rock'n'roll heart. On BOOK OF LIGHTNING, all of these elements come together successfully..."
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