Where's Neil When You Need Him?

Where's Neil When You Need Him?

by Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman


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As concept albums go, Where's Neil When You Need Him? is stranger than most. Neil Gaiman is not a musician; he's a comic-book author and screenwriter. Although this album is credited to him, he appears only as a commentator in the liner notes. The actual music is provided by 17 bands and solo artists, all of whom are fans of his work and each of whom were invited to write a song about one of his stories or characters. Thus references to Sandman, Coraline, wolves, goldfish, and mirrors abound, and the songs themselves vary across quite a wide spectrum of styles, from Tori Amos' voice-and-piano minimalism to Schandmaul's Teutonic folk-rock, and from Azam Ali's Middle Eastern exoticism to Thea Gilmore's sturdy roots rock. As you might expect, it's something of a mixed bag, quality wise: Rasputina impresses with their industrial/orchestral "Coraline," and Gilmore's "Even Gods Do" is another powerful contribution. Less impressive are the icky "Come Sweet Death" by Voltaire (note to Voltaire: you need to ignore people who tell you that death is either cool or romantic), and Amos' contribution, which is overwrought and self-involved even by her own considerable standards. But overall, the album offers a fascinating array of musical interpretations of the work of one of America's more interesting graphic artists.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2006
Label: Dancing Ferret Discs
UPC: 0687132073623
catalogNumber: 20736
Rank: 99418

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Gaiman   Primary Artist
Dean Garcia   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Gregor MacKintosh   Keyboards
Carmen Rizzo   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Stephin Merritt   Vocals
Azam Ali   Vocals,Hammered Dulcimer
Claudia Gonson   Vocals
Thea Gilmore   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Nigel Stonier   Track Performer
Guy Erez   Bass
Loga Ramin Torkian   Electric Guitar
Lunascape   Track Performer
Tommy Dark   Guitar
Schandmaul   Track Performer
Glenn Sorino   Drums

Technical Credits

Tori Amos   Composer,Producer
Melora Creager   Composer
Christopher Ewen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Dean Garcia   Composer,Programming,Producer
Gregor MacKintosh   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Loop
Carmen Rizzo   Programming
Joachim Witt   Composer
Eric Fisher   Composer,Producer,Engineer
George Grant   Engineer
Mark Hawley   Engineer
Stephin Merritt   Composer
Dave McKean   Illustrations
Romell Regulacion   Composer,Producer
Azam Ali   Composer,Producer
Alexander Veljanov   Composer
Charles Newman   Engineer
Thea Gilmore   Composer
Heather Thompson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mike Cave   Producer,Engineer
Nigel Stonier   Producer
Thomas Lindner   Composer
Patrick Rodgers   Producer,Liner Notes
Gerard Way   Author
Donna Lynch   Composer
Kyoko Baertsoen   Composer
Neil Gaiman   Liner Notes
Matthias Richter   Arranger

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