Living in the Present Future

Living in the Present Future

by Eagle-Eye Cherry


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What Eagle-Eye Cherry lacks in vocal prowess, he more than makes up for with attitude and style. And he certainly knows how to craft a melodic hook, a chorus that sticks in your head, and lyrics built for the masses, as witnessed by his 1998 hit "Save Tonight" and a number of songs on Living in the Present Future. Funny that some of his best tunes are the ones that sit a little outside the tomb of accessibility. For instance, "One Good Reason" hinges on a blues riff brought to life by the steel sounds of a National guitar which lends an old-school, dirt road feel. Creative arrangements and production also lift "Been Here Once Before," "Promises Made," and "Together" out of the abyss of stale pop. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for "Are You Still Having Fun?," "Lonely Days (Miles Away)," and "Burning Up," which opens sounding a fair amount like "Save Tonight." They fall a little flat. Perhaps the centerpiece of the album is "Long Way Around," which jumps right out at you even on the first listen thanks to the sassy guest vocals of sister Neneh Cherry. Her welcome presence adds a lightness and fun that is lacking on some of the other tracks. With 12 songs, Living in the Present Future starts to feel somewhat long round about "She Didn't Believe." On top of that, "Wishing It Was" is an added bonus track on the U.K. disc and features Carlos Santana with Cherry in their duet from Supernatural. Although this offering is a bit uneven and stale in places, Cherry throws out enough bones to make it pretty tasty.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2001
Label: Polygram Int'l
UPC: 0731454374422
catalogNumber: 543744

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eagle-Eye Cherry   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Neneh Cherry   Track Performer
Rodney Holmes   Drums
Karl Perazzo   Timbales
Magnus Persson   Percussion,Drums
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Eric Schermerhorn   Guitar
Chester Thompson   Keyboards
Patrick Warren   chamberlain
Preacher Boy   Guitar,national steel guitar
Mats Asplen   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Per "Texas" Johansson   Saxophone
Jaya Deva   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mattias Thorell   Acoustic Guitar
Sarah Edin   Violin
Klas Åhlund   Guitar
Raul Aekow   Percussion,Conga
Dominic Keyes   Percussion,Background Vocals
Sharon Dyall   Background Vocals
Goran Kajfeš   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mason   Engineer
Steve Fontano   Engineer
Anton Pukshansky   Engineer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Dave Shiffman   Engineer
David Frazer   Engineer
Dust Brothers   Producer
Robert Wellerfors   Engineer
Adam Kviman   Producer,Engineer
Eagle-Eye Cherry   Composer,Programming,Producer
John Sorenson   Engineer
Dave Fisher   Engineer
Klas Åhlund   Producer
Juan Garcia   Engineer

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Living in the Present Future 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a great cd...all his songs and smooth and nicely written