Liquid (Recoil album)

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Liquid
Studio album by Recoil
Released March 21, 2000
Recorded July 1998 to June 1999, The Thin Line, Sussex
Genre Electronica
Length 60:04
Label Mute - STUMM 173
Producer Alan Wilder
Recoil chronology
Unsound Methods
(1997)
Liquid
(2000)
subHuman
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
CDNOW 3.5/5 stars[2]
Release Magazine 8/10 stars[3]

Liquid is the fourth Recoil studio album, released by Mute Records on March 21, 2000. It was recorded at Alan Wilder's home studio, The Thin Line, in Sussex, during sessions that lasted from July 1998 to June 1999. The album was produced by Alan Wilder, with production assistance and co-ordination by Hepzibah Sessa, and additional production and sound design by PK. Liquid is Recoil's fifth album release.

Liquid's music continues in much the same vein as his previous album, Unsound Methods, but it considered to be a concept album revolving around a near-death experience in 1994. Wilder and his partner, Hepzibah Sessa, were driving in Scotland and a Tornado Bomber hit a hillside in front of them, and two airmen were killed. The idea of the album, especially the bookending track "Black Box", centered on what was going through the pilot's last moments of life.

Recoil again picked a diverse set guest vocalists - internationally acclaimed (and fellow Mute artist) Diamanda Galás, 1940s gospel singers the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, New York spoken word performers Nicole Blackman and Samantha Coerbell, and Catalan narrator (and Recoil fan) Rosa Torras. Additional musicians utilized were Curve's Dean Garcia (bass) and Steve Monti (drums), Ian Dury and the Blockheads' Merlin Rhys-Jones (guitar), and Miranda Sex Garden's Hepzibah Sessa (violin).[4]

Of note is the track "Jezebel", which features the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet. There is some debate that it was inspired by the Moby album Play (released a year prior to Liquid) and its use of Alan Lomax field recordings. However, a similar track appears on Recoil's 1992 Bloodline album, "Electro Blues for Bukka White", dispelling this idea. Furthermore, Moby appeared on the Bloodline album, which has led some[who?] to believe Play was inspired by Bloodline.

Nine Inch Nails played the Liquid album before taking the stage during their Fragility tour in 2000.

Track listing[edit]

All music written by Alan Wilder

  1. "Black Box, Part 1" (Words: Buhle)
  2. "Want" (Words: Nicole Blackman)
  3. "Jezebel" (Words: Traditional/Orlandus Wilson)
  4. "Breath Control" (Words: Nicole Blackman)
  5. "Last Call for Liquid Courage" (Words: Samantha Coerbell)
  6. "Strange Hours" (Words: Diamanda Galás)
  7. "Vertigen" (Words: Torras)
  8. "Supreme" (Words: Coerbell)
  9. "Chrome" (Words: Nicole Blackman)
  10. "Black Box, Part 2" (Words: Buhle)

Singles[edit]

"Strange Hours"[edit]

CD: Mute / CD MUTE 232 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Strange Hours" (Radio Edit, by Wilder)
  2. "Jezebel" (Filthy Dog Mix, by Wilder)
  3. "New York Nights" (Non-album track; Music: Wilder, Words: Coerbell)
  4. "Don't Look Back" (Non-album track; Music: Wilder, Words: Sonya Madan)
  5. "Strange Hours" (Video)
  6. "Drifting" (Video, from the album Unsound Methods)
  7. "Stalker" (Video, from Unsound Methods)
  8. "Faith Healer" (Video, from the album Bloodline)

"Jezebel"[edit]

CD: Mute / CD MUTE 233 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Jezebel" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Jezebel" (The Slick Sixty vs. RJ remix)
  3. "Electro Blues for Bukka White" (2000 Version; Music: Wilder, Words: Bukka White)
  4. "Black Box" (Complete)
  5. "Jezebel" (Video)

Credits and personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ CDNOW review
  3. ^ Release Magazine review
  4. ^ From Recoil's official website: Shunt