Music City Soul
|Music City Soul|
|Studio album by Beverley Knight|
|Released||7 May 2007|
|Beverley Knight chronology|
|The Belfast Telegraph|||
Music City Soul is the fifth studio album recorded by British singer-songwriter Beverley Knight, and was released on Parlophone Records on 7 May 2007 (see 2007 in music). The album contains the singles "No Man's Land", "After You" and "The Queen of Starting Over", and features Ronnie Wood on a number of tracks. The album became Knight's second highest charting album in the UK, peaking at number eight.
The majority of Music City Soul was recorded and Produced by Mark Nevers at The Beech House studio in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States in just five days in late October 2006. All the songs on the album were written beforehand the previous summer and then recorded back to back in the studio with an array of different musicians. The intention was to create an organic sound reminiscent of classic 1960s soul albums that epitomised releases by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and Al Green, who had influenced Knight as a child .
The album was titled Music City Soul to reflect the fact that Knight has returned to her soul and gospel roots. It was also intended to pay homage to Nashville, the city it was recorded in, which is often referred to as 'The Music City' due to its rich musical heritage.
The album was preceded by the single "No Man's Land" on 30 April 2007.
|1.||"Every Time You See Me Smile*"||Beverley Knight, M. Brammer, B. Barson||Mark Nevers||4:08|
|2.||"Ain't That A Lot of Love*"||W. D. Parker, H. Banks||Mark Nevers||2:43|
|3.||"After You"||Peter Vale, M. Leeson||Mark Nevers||4:08|
|4.||"No Man's Land"||Beverley Knight, Eg White, Jimmy Hogarth||Eg White||3:30|
|5.||"The Queen of Starting Over"||Peter Vale||Mark Nevers||3:47|
|6.||"Black Butta*"||Beverley Knight, Guy Chambers||Mark Nevers||3:40|
|7.||"Saviour"||Beverley Knight, Guy Chambers||Mark Nevers||2:58|
|8.||"Time Is on My Side"||Jerry Ragovoy, Meade||Mark Nevers||3:33|
|9.||"Why Me, Why You, Why Now"||Beverley Knight, M. Brammer, B. Barson||Mark Nevers||3:55|
|10.||"Tell Me I'm Wrong"||Beverley Knight, M. Brammer, B. Barson||Mark Nevers||3:49|
|11.||"Trade It Up"||Beverley Knight, M. Brammer, B. Barson||Mark Nevers||3:37|
|12.||"Rock Steady"||Aretha Franklin||Paul Reid||3:57|
|13.||"Uptight"||Beverley Knight, Jimmy Hogarth||Mark Nevers||3:15|
|14.||"Back To You"||Beverley Knight, Craig Wiseman||Mark Nevers||4:15|
|15.||"After You (Radio Edit)"||Peter Vale, M. Leeson||Peter Vale||3:59|
Vinyl Edition Released 7 May 2007
- "*" indicates that the song features guitar played by Ronnie Wood.
- All tracks engineered and produced by Mark Nevers – mastered by Bunt Stafford Clark
All tracks (except track 4 and 12)
- Jamal Carter – backing vocals
- Janice Coeder – backing vocals
- Ann McCrary – backing vocals
- Brain Kotnar – drums
- Duana Denison – electric guitar
- Paul Burch – percussion and acoustic guitar
- Pete Cammings – electric guitar
- James Long – electric guitar
- Derrick Lee – piano and keyboards
- Bobby Woods – piano and keyboards
- Jimmy Hogarth – guitar
- Eg White – all instruments on "No Man's Land", except guitar
- Paul Reide – guitar
- Carlos Hercules – drums
- Paul Bruce – bass
- Stewart Trotman – fender rhoades
- Luke Smith – Hammond B3
- Alex Garnett – saxophone
- Daniel Marsden – trumpet
- Nichol Thomsom – trombone
- Billy Godfrey – backing vocals
- Bryan Chambers – backing vocals
- Louise Marsden – backing vocals
The following songs were recorded in the run up to the release of Music City Soul, but not included on the album:
- "Ain't It Better"
- "Bridge" (B. Knight, G. Chambers)
- "Firetown" (B. Knight, D. M. Frank)
- "Mellow" (B. Knight, J. Hogarth)
- "My Motto" (B. Knight, G. Chambers, Lin XI)
- "One Step Too Far" (B. Knight, J. Hogarth)
- "Time is Now" (B. Knight, G. Chambers)
|The Official UK Album Chart||BPI / The Official UK Charts Company||8|
|The Official UK Urban Album Chart||BPI / The Official UK Charts Company||3|
|European Top 100 Album Chart||IFPI||37|
|Switzerland Album Charts||86|
- The Sun review
- The Mirror review
- The Independent review
- Connolly, Paul. Album review. London Lite. 8 May 2007.
- The Times review
- The Guardian review
- Digital Spy review
- The Belfast Telegraph review
- Virgin Media review
- Batey, Angus. Album review. MOJO. May 2007 issue, pp. 110.
- Hodgkinson, Will. Interview. The Guardian. 25 October 2002.
- Press release. Official website. Retrieved 29 January 2007.