A Ship Called Love

A Ship Called Love

by Eric Bibb


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Eric Bibb has been generally categorized as an acoustic blues player, but like Keb' Mo', the contemporary artist he most resembles, Bibb actually only uses blues forms on occasion, and it no doubt helps to get the listener in the door, but what is really on display here is a smooth-as-velvet singer/songwriter. It's curious that he dedicates A Ship Called Love to the great Curtis Mayfield, because Bibb is really much closer to Mayfield in tone and approach than he is to a Blind Lemon Jefferson, say, and the title cut here, which leads off the album, owes more than a little to Mayfield's faux gospel classic "People Get Ready." It also gets things underway nicely here, but as love song after gentle love song rolls by, all meticulously arranged, recorded, and sung with perfectly nuanced emotional presence, A Ship Called Love begins to drift from shore in its own studied smoothness. Not that there aren't high points, like the autobiographical "Troubadour," a fine duet with Ruthie Foster that arrives at about midpoint in the set, and the engaging, gentle reggae lilt of "Turning World," but by the time Bibb gets around to actually playing a blues, the micro-analytic "More o' That," it seems downright radical after so much gentle elegance. The closer, "Praise 'n' Thanksgiving," flirts with folk-gospel, and is so grateful and reverent that it is impossible to resist, even as one wishes that a little of that reverence had been replaced with pure, wild joy. That, in the end, is what this album needs to make it more than a pleasant rumination on the sea of love. It needs a touch of wildness to temper the calm surface of these songs, because love, more so than all the other emotions, benefits from occasional changes in wind direction.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2005
Label: Abc Music Oz
UPC: 0602517786097
catalogNumber: 1778609
Rank: 209092

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Bibb   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Train Whistle,Guitar (Tremolo)
Dixie Hummingbirds   Vocals
Chuck Anthony   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Nevada Cato   Background Vocals,Finger Snapping
B.J. Cole   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Gary Compton   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Desmond Foster   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ira Tucker   Vocals
Rev. Brady Blade   Drums,Tambourine,Hand Clapping
Paul Waller   Dobro
Larry Crockett   Conga,Drums
Brian Shiels   Upright Bass
Andre de Lange   Track Performer
Glen Scott   Percussion,Piano,Celeste,Conga,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Melodica,Bells,Various,Snare Drums,Vibes,Track Performer,Shaker,Wurlitzer
Jonas Sjöblom   Flute,Tabla,Bells,Wind Chimes
Kim Yarbrough   Bass
Corrina Hewat   Electric Harp
Gordon Cyrus   Bass
Danny Flowers   Guitar
Amar Sundy   Electric Guitar
Ruthie Foster   Vocals,Background Vocals,scat,Humming
Figge Boström   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Janne Petersson   fender rhodes
Levi B. Saunders   Banjo
Paris Gilbert   Track Performer
Jim Pugh   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Desmond Foster   Programming
R. Foster   Composer
C.J. Anthony   Composer
Eric Bibb   Composer,Producer
Rev. Brady Blade   Producer,Engineer
Anne Hamersky   Cover Photo
Glen Scott   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Audio Production,Bass Samples
Johan Carlberg   Engineer
Gordon Cyrus   Producer,Engineer,Percussion Programming
Figge Boström   Programming,Engineer
Levi B. Saunders   Producer,Engineer

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