At Night, Alone.

At Night, Alone.

by Mike Posner

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Overview

Five years without a follow-up to his flippant hit "Cooler Than Me" and pop-rapper Mike Posner might have just as well said "f*ck it" and thrown himself on the pop culture scrap pile, which he sort of did. With his simple and sparse 2016 single "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," he at least offered himself up to the scrap pile with lyrics like "You don't ever wanna step off that roller coaster and be all alone," or better still, "'Cause my name's a reminder of a pop song people forgot," but the wry fella also kicks this hummable ditty off his with his pill-popping reasons, "To show Avicii I was cool." Once "But f*ck it, it was something to do" rolls around, he's cooler than me, cooler than you, cooler than Kanye, and cooler than whomever, at least for the moment. Oddly enough, the man who looked to be the next Mac Miller or Asher Roth looks to be the next Rufus Wainwright by the time the anthemic "Buried in Detroit" appears, and in the middle of this LP there's clever power pop ("Jade"), empowering anthems somewhere between Sia and Alicia Keyes ("In the Arms of a Stranger"), and show-stopping R&B that's Legend and Timberlake twisted into one fellow named Posner ("Silence"). All this genre jumping is done with its heart in the right place, and the songwriting is as sincere as can be, but the self-referential stuff and time-off since his last hit comes up once too often, and the intro and outro of the album come right from Posner's laptop microphone, which is precious to a fault. Still, this wide-reaching, sweet-hearted, and surprisingly hip talent is either a Bieber to believe in, or Eminem and Ellen Degeneres' kid who graduated from that school in Fame. This might not yet be the ultimate showcase for his talents, but At Night, Alone is both a welcome return and a significant step forward.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2016
Label: Island
UPC: 0602547816856
catalogNumber: 002470402
Rank: 96346

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Posner   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Axt   Bass
David Katz   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Jeff Driskill   Woodwind
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Michael Markman   Violin
Steve Pemberton   Drums
Brian Scanlon   Woodwind
Amy Wilkins   Harp
Glen Scott   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Espen Berg   Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Sean Anderson   Vocals
Martin Terefe   Bass,Background Vocals
James Valentine   Guitar
Alex Toff   Drums
Nick Maybury   Guitar
Kristoffer Sonne   Percussion,Drums
Nikolaj Torp   Piano,Wurlitzer
Geoff Lea   Drums
Oscar Winberg   Percussion
Adam Friedman   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Simon Huber   Bass
MDL   Percussion,Drums
Bana Haffar   Bass
Simen Eriksrud   Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Brian O'Connor   French Horn
Ro Rowan   Cello
Eugene Huang   Guitar
Jackson Foote   Bass
Kyle Tree   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Katz   Remixing
Mike Posner   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Vocal Engineer,Cover Illustration
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Sean Anderson   Composer
Martin Terefe   Producer,Additional Production
Kyledidthis   Art Direction
Brian Kierulf   Remixing
Gregg Rominiecki   Engineer
Ely Rise   Composer
Nikolaj Torp   Whistle
Adam Olmstead   Engineer
Forrest Gray   String Arrangements
Oscar Winberg   Engineer
Adam Friedman   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mason Levy   Engineer
Sam Keyte   Engineer
Jordan Orvosh   Remixing
MDL   Programming,Producer
Josh Connolly   Vocal Engineer
Maximilian Jaeger   Engineer
SeeB   Remixing
Jordan XL   Remixing
Kyle Tree   Remixing

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