American/English

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American/English
Studio album by Acoustic Alchemy
Released March 29, 2005 (USA)
April 11, 2005 (UK)
Recorded 2005 at:
Higher Ground Studios, London, UK
Hansa Haus Studios, Bonn, Germany
Genre Smooth Jazz
Length 48:45
Label Higher Octave Music
72435-79755-2-0
Producer Richard Bull
Greg Carmichael
Miles Gilderdale
Acoustic Alchemy chronology
14th
Radio Contact
(2003)
15th
American/English
(2005)
16th
This Way
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

American/English is Acoustic Alchemy's fourth album release on the Higher Octave Music label, and contains eleven tracks, making it also their shortest album with the label to date.

The album was preceded by single "Say Yeah" for smooth jazz radio in the USA, an offering in a hip-hop style, remarked by some to be similar in style to British urban singer-songwriter Craig David. Experimental attributes include digital processing on Carmichael's guitar, which 'cut off' the ends of each note, and scat style vocals from Gilderdale toward the end of the track.

Other highlights include "The Detroit Shuffle", reminiscent of 1989's "Catalina Kiss" from the "Blue Chip" album. The track fused a vibrant melody with the shuffle rhythm which helped seal the band's popularity in the genre towards the end of the 1980s.

This is the first of Acoustic Alchemy's albums to include EMI's Copy Control technique, designed to prevent illegal reproduction and audio ripping of the disc. Such controls only exist on the commercial release of the album; the "promo only" copies do not contain any copy protection, but carry an FBI Anti-Piracy warning.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writers Duration
1 "The Crossing" Carmichael/Gilderdale 4:42
2 "Say Yeah" Carmichael/Gilderdale 3:39
3 "So Kylie" Carmichael/Gilderdale 4:22
4 "Trinity" Carmichael/Gilderdale 4:41
5 "The Detroit Shuffle" Carmichael/Gilderdale 4:29
6 "Cherry Hill" Carmichael/Gilderdale 3:27
7 "She Speaks American/English" Carmichael/Gilderdale 4:44
8 "Lilac Lane" Carmichael/Gilderdale/Norton 4:49
9 "The 14 Carrot Café" Carmichael/Gilderdale/Norton 4:09
10 "Get Up (Levantar y Bailar)" Carmichael/Gilderdale 3:57
11 "The Moon and the Sun" Carmichael/Gilderdale/White 5:39

Singles[edit]

  1. "Say Yeah"
  2. "Trinity"

References[edit]