Frestonia [Bonus Tracks]

Frestonia [Bonus Tracks]

by Aztec Camera

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Roddy Frame's last album for the Warner/Reprise stable after 12 years with the company finds him continuing in the low-key vein of 1993's Dreamland. In many ways, Frestonia is akin to contemporaneous albums by Paddy McAloon; like Frame, McAloon had long since given up any idea that his band, Prefab Sprout, was anything but a vehicle for his ideas, and after a third-album stumble (1988's From Langley Park to Memphis, not quite as dire as Aztec Camera's wretched 1987 album, Love), both singer/songwriters had contented themselves with making small records seemingly intended only to please themselves. Frestonia -- with its soft pop exteriors, occasional jazzy flourishes, and mellow acoustic vibe -- is probably the prettiest album of Frame's career. If anything, though, its only virtue is its prettiness, the way that Frame's unfailingly melodic songs slide peacefully out of the speakers, unhampered by any rough edges in the simple, low-key arrangements. The problem is that other than the two bookend tracks, "Sun" and "Sunset," there's little memorable here either lyrically or musically. For an artist whose early work was so substantial, Frestonia is something of a disappointment, albeit an unfailingly nice one.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Edsel Records Uk
UPC: 0740155501334
catalogNumber: 5550133
Rank: 101350

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aztec Camera   Primary Artist
Susan Dench   Strings
Claudia Fontaine   Background Vocals
Roddy Frame   Guitar,Vocals
Leo Payne   Strings
Audrey Riley   Strings
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Yolanda Charles   Bass,Background Vocals
Christopher Tombling   Strings
Mark Edwards   Keyboards
Louis Jardin   Percussion

Technical Credits

Clive Langer   Producer
Roddy Frame   Composer
Billy McGee   String Arrangements
Alan Winstanley   Producer,Engineer
Terry Staunton   Liner Notes,Annotation
Lee Phillips   Engineer
Tony Hodsoll   CD Package Design

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