Otherness

Otherness

by Kindness

CD

Overview

After the release of his first album under the name Kindness, Adam Bainbridge took the advice of that record's title and had a change of mind. Or at least a big change in the way he operated. After a few years writing downer disco jams and working with legendary French producer Philip Zdar, Bainbridge took a slight left turn into downer R&B ballads and a more collaborative style with his second album Otherness. Right away with "World Restart," the horn-filled, stutter-step ballad, he brings in Kelela and Ade to sing lead vocals, and instead of channeling the gliding, disco-fed melancholy of Arthur Russell, Bainbridge tries to conjure up something grittier, sadder, and looser. The rest of the album continues along this track with guests like Devonte Hynes, rapper M.anifest, Kelela again, and Robyn (on the very oddly mixed "Who Do You Love?") helping Kindness sound much less like a one-man project and more like a bummed-out collective. Also, more like all the other singers and bands mining the same seam of downtempo alternative R&B, which is kind of a problem. One, because, apart from a couple tracks ("With You" and the Robyn song) that show a little bit of inventive spirit, others do it much better. Two, because Kindness already had a sound that was working just fine. Sure, the debut wasn't all sunshine and lollipops, but Bainbridge made sure to throw in enough uptempo jams to counteract all the inward-looking, melancholy moods the bulk of the album sought to create. Here there's only one track with any forward motion, and it's the overly slick and one-dimensional "I'll Be Back." Otherwise, Otherness is mostly murky and overcooked ballads, without hooks or much emotional impact. Zdar's presence is surely missed, but even he couldn't have sprinkled enough glitter over the album to make it anything less than a snooze. It's always a bummer when an obviously talented artist makes such a glaring misstep; the only hope is that they can right the ship by the time the sessions for the next album come along. So, unless second-rate alternative R&B without much personality is what's required, better to wait until next time with Kindness.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
Label: Mom & Pop Music
UPC: 0858275020427
catalogNumber: 182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kindness   Primary Artist
Robyn   Vocals
Finn Peters   Flute,Saxophone
Sam Beste   Piano,Vocoder
Devonté Hynes   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ade Omotayo   Vocals
M.anifest   Vocals
Jason Arce   Saxophone
Brandee Younger   Harp
Jodi Milliner   Bass
Tawiah   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Malarkey   Bass,Piano
Lemar Carter   Percussion,Drums
Chris Bear   Percussion,Drums
Daniel Aged   Bass
Kelela Mizanekristos   Vocals,Background Vocals
Blue May   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Adam Bainbridge   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,CS-80
Dimanche Mardi   Bass
David Ginyard   Bass
Valentina Pappalardo   Background Vocals
Markus Jägerstedt   Organ,Synthesizer
Joey Ross   Background Vocals
Rebecca Freckleton   Background Vocals
Pauli "The Psm" Stanley-Mackenzie   Percussion

Technical Credits

Foday Musa Suso   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Anne Dudley   Composer
Bob Blank   Composer
Trevor Horn   Composer
J.J. Jeczalik   Composer
Gary Langan   Composer
Paul Morley   Composer
Robyn   Composer
Lola Blank   Composer
Sam Beste   Composer
Devonté Hynes   Composer,Producer
Jodi Milliner   drum programming
Tawiah   Composer
Kelela Mizanekristos   Composer
Syd tha Kyd   Vocal Engineer
Robin Carlsson   Composer
Blue May   Engineer
Adam Bainbridge   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Sleeve Design
Kwame "Manifest" Tsikata   Composer
MixedByBlue   Engineer
Alban Schelbert   Sleeve Design
Simon Renggli   Sleeve Design

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