Book of Lightning

Book of Lightning

by The Waterboys

CD(Canadian Import)

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0602517213050
catalogNumber: 1721305
Rank: 64460

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waterboys   Primary Artist
Chris Bruce   Electric Guitar
Clive Deamer   Tabla
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Daniel Presley   Background Vocals,Harmony
Mike Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Bells,Loops,bellzouki,sleigh bells
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Steve Wickham   Fiddle,Viola
Rev. Brady Blade   Drums
Mike Rowe   Organ,Electric Piano
Johnny Andrews   Vocals,Falsetto
Leo Abrahams   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Annie Wilkinson   Resonator
Richard Naiff   Organ,Piano
Barry Mirochnick   Drums
Ida Nilsen   Piano
Mark Coates Smith   Resonator
Johnny Andres   Vocals,Falsetto

Technical Credits

Clive Deamer   Introduction
Tim Martin   Engineer
Mike Scott   Arranger,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer
Colin Stewart   Engineer
Phil Tennant   Producer,Management
Anthony Thistlethwaite   Composer
Steve Wickham   Composer
Mike Rowe   Contributor
Phil Smee   Cover Design,Booklet Design
Pete Min   Engineer
Steve Evans   Engineer
Leo Abrahams   Contributor
Ida Nilsen   Composer

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