The Bliss Album...?

The Bliss Album...?

by P.M. Dawn



After the breakout pop success of their debut album, P.M. Dawn played up the lush, soothing urban-soul qualities of their sound on the follow-up, The Bliss Album...? For all of hardcore rap's hysteria over the duo's gentle demeanor and pop influences, Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross had been a predominantly rap-oriented album. That changes on The Bliss Album...?, which downplays Prince Be's rapping (only on about a third of the tracks) in favor of dreamy melodies throughout the songs, not just on the choruses. It's a logical move, since P.M. Dawn's most unique moments were often also their most reflective, and they had an obvious knack for crafting original hooks. The Bliss Album...?'s approach also provides more opportunities for the ethereal, layered vocal overdubs that had become one of the duo's signatures. While the results don't quite re-envision hip-hop the way the debut did, they're still tremendously inventive, playing to P.M. Dawn's strengths. The musical landscapes are even more lushly arranged, and the pop numbers positively shimmer thanks to the duo's increasing sense of craft. A couple of the more aggressive rap tracks break up the mood a little, as with "Plastic," a sly rebuttal of the charges leveled by the group's macho detractors. It seems unnecessary, though, since P.M. Dawn's cosmic mysticism and vastly different influences clearly aren't competing on the same turf. Luckily, The Bliss Album...? refuses to acknowledge any artificially imposed purist boundaries, continuing to chart new sonic territory and expanding the possibilities in P.M. Dawn's music.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1997
Label: V2 North America
UPC: 0638813251021
catalogNumber: 32510

Album Credits

Performance Credits

P.M. Dawn   Primary Artist,Strings
Boy George   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cathy Dennis   Background Vocals
Abe Appleman   Violin
Alfred Brown   Viola
Cheryl Cordes   Background Vocals
Max Ellen   Strings,Violin
Joseph Gianono   Strings
Regis Iandiorio   Violin
Tony Love   Acoustic Guitar
Robert Musso   Guitar
Gene Orloff   Violin
Sandra Park   Violin
Susan Poliacik   Cello
Marti Sweet   Violin
Mitsue Takayama   Viola
Tyrrell   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Prince Be   Keyboards
Cash Money   scratching
James ?   Piano
Marge Suti   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Herbie Tribino   Guitar
James from Lunarci   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Elliot Rosoff   Violin

Technical Credits

DJ Cash Money   Contributor
Max Ellen   Arranger,String Arrangements
Joseph Gianono   Arranger,String Arrangements
P.M. Dawn   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Tyrrell   Programming,Engineer,Contributor
Prince Be   Feedback
David Calderley   Artwork,Art Direction
Ziggi Golding   Art Direction
Minutemix   Contributor,Cut
Michael Fossenkemper   Engineer

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