Never Said Goodbye

Never Said Goodbye

by Cerys Matthews


The former singer with Catatonia, Cerys Matthews released her second solo album Never Said Goodbye on the Rough Trade label in 2006 with a backing band featuring Ben Elkins on keyboards, Jeremy Lutito on drums, and Kevin Teel and Jeff Irwin on guitars. Cerys Matthews had one of those voices that had been described as innocent and childlike, and even during her Catatonia days, there had always been the problem that people did not take her seriously. On this album the tracks moved slowly along, pleasant folky numbers with that distinctive voice, but by the end of track three, "Oxygen," she wanted to make sure nobody was falling asleep and begins to scream as if the element was in short supply during the recording. Sometimes however, the songs were just too slow, for example "Blue Light Alarm," which was a pleasant little trippy number and woke up almost near the end when the rest of the band joined her on a chanted chorus. "Morning Sunshine" had elements of the '60s Mamas & the Papas era and although the album was recorded in her new home of Nashville, she never forgot her Cardiff roots as the album ended with the ballad "Elen" sung in Welsh.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
Label: Rough Trade
UPC: 5050159822720
catalogNumber: 227

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cerys Matthews   Primary Artist,Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Lloyd Barry   Trumpet
Everett Drake   Vocals
Byron House   Bass
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Vinnie Ciesielski   Trumpet
Sam Ashworth   Vocals
Gruff Rhys   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Roy Agee   Trombone
Matt Martin   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion
Janice Corder   Vocals
Jeff Irwin   Bass,Euphonium,Horn
James "Hags" Haggerty   Bass
Kevin Teel   Guitar
Jay Phillips   Trombone
William Tyler   Acoustic Guitar
Jeremy Lutito   Drums
Mason Neely   Drums

Technical Credits

Chad Brown   Producer
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction
Gruff Rhys   Composer
Jonny Male   Composer
Stuart Sikes   Producer,Engineer
Cerys Matthews   Arranger,Producer
Peter Gray   Contributor
Kevin Teel   Composer
Jeremy Ferguson   Engineer
Pete Smith   Composer

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