Believe You Me

Believe You Me

by BlancmangeBlancmange

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Overview

Having suffered somewhat of a sophomore jinx with Mange Tout, Blancmange wisely adjusted their approach for their third release. Believe You Me is leaner, subtler, and more organic, without straying too far from their established sound. The Eastern instrumentation is de-emphasized in favor of more string and woodwind sounds. Neil Arthur's vocals are stronger, and his and Stephen Luscombe's songwriting is more focused. The result might best be described as "mature techno-pop," and perhaps predictably, it failed to find an audience, especially in the U.S. Blancmange disbanded not long after. With this in mind, it's not hard to find a vein of regret running throughout Believe You Me: Song titles include "Lose Your Love," "No Wonder They Never Made It Back!" and "Why Don't They Leave Things Alone?," the loveliest, saddest ballad Blancmange ever recorded. Even the poppier tracks, like "22339" and "Believe," are driven by an undercurrent of apprehension. Believe You Me wraps up with a couple of bittersweet instrumentals, bringing Blancmange's recording career to a close on a peaceful note.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0740155720339
catalogNumber: 5572033
Rank: 48041

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blancmange   Primary Artist
Ronnie Ross   Baritone Saxophone
Neil Arthur   Group Member
Dick Cuthell   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
Justin Hildreth   Drums
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Stevie Lange   Background Vocals
London Community Gospel Choir   Background Vocals
Stephen Luscombe   Group Member
David Rhodes   Guitar
Nigel Warren-Green   Cello
Paul Webb   Bass
Francis Foster   Conga,Tambourine
Tony Pleeth   Cello
Anthea Cox   Flute
Stephen Maw   Bassoon
Dick Morgan   Oboe
Pandit Dinesh   Tabla,Madal
Gavin Wright   Violin
Simon Elliston   Flute

Technical Credits

John Hartford   Composer
Neil Arthur   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Phil Bodger   Engineer
Dick Cuthell   Brass Arrangment
Stewart Levine   Producer
Stephen Luscombe   Composer,Producer
Lynton Naiff   String Arrangements
Greg Walsh   Arranger,Producer
John Williams   Producer
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Brian Evans   Engineer
Annie Symons   Construction

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