The Last Temptation of Chris

The Last Temptation of Chris

by Chris Difford

CD

Overview

Wry as ever, Chris Difford dubbed his second solo album The Last Temptation of Chris -- a sly play on words that is certainly characteristic of this master lyricist, who only gets subtler and sharper as the years go by. Subtle is surely the name of the game on The Last Temptation, as the entire record -- co-written with former Bible frontman Boo Hewerdine -- is a warm, low-key affair, one that feels well-worn and lived in. It's relaxed music, never calling attention to itself and always focusing attention on Difford's remarkably precise short stories and vignettes, capturing the feel of forgotten memories and places remembered, as well as middle-aged travails like reversing a vasectomy on the aptly titled "Reverso." While The Last Temptation isn't quite immediate -- it's only upon repeated listens that it's possible to appreciate the level of craft, particularly in Difford's words but also in Hewerdine's sympathetic music -- it's also welcoming, easing a listener into its small, precisely created world, one where the stories get better the more that they are heard.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2008
Label: Airline Records
UPC: 0893168002111
catalogNumber: 211

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Difford   Primary Artist,Guitar
Boo Hewerdine   Guitar,Background Vocals
Neill MacColl   Guitar
Mark Taylor   Organ,Piano
Enrico Tomasso   Trumpet,Brass
Jim Watson   Piano
Pete Long   Clarinet,Brass
John Parricelli   Guitar
Tim Weller   Drums
Melvin Duffy   Banjo,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Weissenborn
Simon Little   Bass

Technical Credits

John Wood   Producer,Engineer
Chris Difford   Composer,Producer
Boo Hewerdine   Composer,Producer
Rob O'Connor   Cover Photo
Ian Davenport   Engineer
Geoff Martyn   Composer

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