Sleepwalking

KingmakerMay 17, 1993
Pop℗ 1993 Chrysalis Records Limited
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With an unchanged lineup and for part of the time the same producer, Pat Collier, Kingmaker took things to a more impressive level on Sleepwalking, the brash and well-intentioned Eat Yourself Whole days giving way, just a little, to a more impressive, edgier effort. It's a matter of degrees, admittedly -- Hardy is still addicted to some fairly abysmal rhymes at points, while his voice remains unchanged outside of a rougher bark here and there, which doesn't always serve him well. However, the music as a whole gels a bit better this time and, while Hardy found his thunder completely stolen soon after by Oasis, whose Jam/Smiths worship was transformed into something truly spectacular, on balance Sleepwalking is a much more enjoyable listen in the end than Kingmaker's debut. The Howell/Andrew rhythm team comes a little more into its own, Andrew in particular building on the occasional flash and flair he demonstrated in earlier recordings, while Hardy's guitar work is much more direct and slashing, even at the band's jauntier moments. Meanwhile, some of the guest performers do their best to make Sleepwalking a downright lush experience at points -- James Taylor (the English keyboardist, not the American easy listening guy) adds keyboards on a number of songs, while Anne Dudley adds a low-key string arrangement to "Tomorrow's World." Even the obvious genre exercises -- the ska-tinged "Queen Jane," the overt Spector drama of "Help Yourself," the glammed-up strut "Ten Years Asleep" -- are good fun. Still, though, somebody needed to tell Hardy to drop the obvious pop culture references used as metaphor -- "With his macho pressgang crowd/Belsen would be his EuroDisney" is pure pain, and merely one poor example of many.

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Songs
1
Playground Brutality2:46
2
Armchair Anarchist3:12
3
Queen Jane3:54
4
Sad to See You Go3:29
5
Help Yourself3:22
6
Tomorrow's World6:16
7
Ten Years Asleep3:04
8
Honesty Kills4:51
9
Sequinned Thug4:55
10
Sleep Walking in the Five O'clock Shadow3:49
11
Stay Free3:12
12
Pyromaniacs Anonymous3:12
13
Kissing Under Anaesthetic4:48
14
Broadmoor Hotel3:09
15
I'm in Love4:14
16
Genuine Liar3:56
17
Lady Madonna2:07
18
Shiver3:27
19
Sick and Angry Children4:33
20
Flesh Phobia3:27
21
Your Place3:38
22
Electric Sue3:54
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Genres
Total length
1:23:15
Tracks
22
Released
May 17, 1993
Label
℗ 1993 Chrysalis Records Limited
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
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