Devine & Statton \ Cardiffians [LTMCD 2435]
The second duo album by vocalist Alison Statton (Young Marble Giants, Weekend) and guitarist Ian Devine (Ludus, Low Gods). Named after the first city of their native Wales, Cardiffians was recorded in Brussels early 1990. Most of the 12 tracks were written by Devine, except Silence (co-written with Statton) and their endearing cover of Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. The album features a fuller band sound than debut set The Prince of Wales, guest musicians including bassist Peter Hook (New Order), guitarist Marc Ribot (Costello, T-Bone Burnett) and members of The Jazz Passengers.
Cardiffians was previously released on Les Disques du Crépuscule in 1990, and has now been digitally remastered with 5 bonus tracks (two of them previously unreleased). The CD boasts original Hennebert artwork, archive photos and liner notes by writer/editor Everett True.
2. Lovers Get In the Way
4. A Fact of Life
5. Regina and Michael
7. Enough is Enough
8. In the Rain
9. Green and Pleasant Land
10. A Right to be Lazy
11. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
12. Last Days
14. Hideaway (version)
15. Take Me Or Leave Me
16. Giving In to Sin
17. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (12" Version)
Available on CD and download.
"Sounds absolutely amazing. Statton's voice is clear and sharp, cutting through the simple tunes and sending shivers down your spine. A fantastic album" (Whisperin' and Hollerin', 02/2006)
"A polished gem - songs about sunshine, rain, snapshots of the past, lovers and crests falling" (Melody Maker, 01/1991)
"Exotic woodwind, natty synth lines and Statton's frail voice dominate proceedings. Imagine Everything But The Girl performing the Fifth Dimension's Up, Up and Away and you're close to capturing the charm of their work" (NME, 02/1991)
"Alison's seductive voice is still intact, as is her fascination with French popular music of the 40s and 50s. Crestfallen and Hideaway sound like Weekend numbers updated by an older, more knowing chanteuse" (Select, 05/1991)
"The divine sound of South Wales - all gentle passion and bittersweet melodies" (South Wales Echo, 01/1991)
"Cardiffians features a more substantial band, and is another overlooked gem" (Exclaim!, 03/2006)