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The Lilac TimeReturn To Us

Label:BMG – 538530162
Format:
CD, Album
Country:UK & Europe
Released:
Genre:Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Folk, Folk Rock, Country Rock

Tracklist

1(I'm) A Believer
AccordionNick Duffy
Backing Vocals, KeyboardsClaire Duffy
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, KeyboardsStephen Duffy
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Peeler
4:16
2March To The Docks
AccordionNick Duffy
Backing Vocals, KeyboardsClaire Duffy
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, KeyboardsStephen Duffy
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Peeler
4:03
3The Hills Of Cinnamon
Backing Vocals, GuitarClaire Duffy
BanjoNick Duffy
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Mandolin, FluteStephen Duffy
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Peeler
ViolinLeah Zeger
6:01
4The Needles
Backing Vocals, KeyboardsClaire Duffy
BanjoNick Duffy
KeyboardsJohn Paterno
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Zither, KeyboardsStephen Duffy
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Peeler
5:37
5Return To Us
Backing Vocals, KeyboardsClaire Duffy
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, KeyboardsStephen Duffy
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Peeler
UkuleleNick Duffy
4:01
6The Bridge & Down
Backing Vocals, KeyboardsClaire Duffy
BouzoukiNick Duffy
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, KeyboardsStephen Duffy
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Peeler
4:39
7The River Runs Both Ways
AccordionNick Duffy
Backing Vocals, KeyboardsClaire Duffy
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Autoharp, KeyboardsStephen Duffy
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Peeler
ViolinLeah Zeger
3:38
8The Simple Things
AccordionNick Duffy
Backing Vocals, KeyboardsClaire Duffy
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, KeyboardsStephen Duffy
Pedal Steel GuitarBen Peeler
4:16
9King Kopetsky
Bass Guitar, Sintir, PercussionNick Duffy
CelloAlison Stott
ViolinMark Stott
Vocals, Drums, KeyboardsStephen Duffy
Vocals, KeyboardsClaire Duffy
3:32
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Notes

Gatefold card sleeve including 12-page booklet
℗ & © 2019 Stephen Duffy
Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4050538530162
  • Label Code: LC 19813
  • Matrix / Runout: A0103188439-0101 18 A00
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L558
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 947R

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Return To Us (LP, Album, Purple)BMG538530171UK & Europe2019

Reviews

  • streetmouse's avatar
    streetmouse
    I suppose that once upon a time, a very long time ago when I wore an angst coat and had bedhead hair, I might have enjoyed songs by the Lilac Time, but the band’s gone through numerous changes since then, making them primarily a Stephen Duffy project at this juncture, with a revolving door of other like minded musicians backing him up.

    The spirit of a proper band is not to be found on Return To Us, it’s simply more of the same, Duffy’s creaking graveled vocals and instrumentations that are so laid back they’ve nearly fallen over, sounding as if all this depression has been delivered from a prone position on the floor, or perhaps from between the sheets. Of course, others are going to tell you it’s a brilliant Sunday morning album, though to that I have to ask, “Why are Sunday morning albums always filled with so much despair?” Yet still, true fans will eagerly inform you that this is all a thinking man’s (woman’s) music, that a career that’s spanned four decades proves that that the Lilacs are certainly speaking to someone somewhere. Though to that I wonder if they’re speaking to the same cultish depressive individuals, or if over those years a whole new group of precognitive depressives have found their way to this music.

    Everything, except for one number is mid-temp or slower, and why the Britts are still rehashing the horrors of World War II is beyond me. One reviewer said, “The album’s filled with strummed acoustic guitars, accordion like voices, mallet percussions and and array of sing songs choruses, greeting listeners with a metaphorical hand on the shoulder and an invitation to curl up in a comfortable seat.” To which I simply have to ask, “What hat did that sentence get pulled from?” I’ve no idea what a metaphorical hand is, nor did this record inspire me to curl up and listen; though if I did, I’m sure a box of tissues would have been essential.

    *** The Fun Facts: Lilac Time have come full circle with this record, the artwork featured here was used one their first release back in 1987.

    Review by Jenell Kesler

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