Book of Lightning

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Book of Lightning
Book of Lightning Waterboys Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 April 2007
StudioMike Scott's home studio
London, Vancouver
GenreRock
LabelPuck
ProducerMike Scott, Philip Tennant
The Waterboys chronology
Karma to Burn
(2005)
Book of Lightning
(2007)
An Appointment with Mr Yeats
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
BBCFavourable[2]
contactmusic.com9/10 stars[3]
The Guardian5/5 stars[4]
Insight MagazineFavourable[5]
inthenews.co.uk9/10 stars[6]
Manchester Evening News4/5 stars[7]
musicOMH.com3/5 stars[8]
Q2/5 stars[9]
Uncut4/5 stars[10]

Book of Lightning is the ninth studio album by The Waterboys, released on 2 April 2007 through W14/Universal Records. The album contains ten tracks, produced by Mike Scott and Philip Tennant, with musical contributions from Steve Wickham (fiddle), Richard Naiff (keyboards), Brady Blade (drums), Mark Smith (bass), Leo Abrahams (lead guitar), Jeremy Stacey (drums) plus long-time Waterboys alumni Roddy Lorimer (trumpet), Chris Bruce (lead guitar) and Thighpaulsandra (keyboards). Book of Lightning was recorded in London with the exceptions of one song recorded in Vancouver with members of Canadian art-pop band Great Aunt Ida, and another in Scott's home studio.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Mike Scott except where noted.

  1. "The Crash of Angel Wings" – 4:02
  2. "Love Will Shoot You Down" – 4:34
  3. "Nobody's Baby Anymore" – 4:43
  4. "Strange Arrangement" – 3:33
  5. "She Tried to Hold Me" – 7:18
  6. "It's Gonna Rain" – 3:03
  7. "Sustain" (Nilsen, Scott) – 3:21
  8. "You in the Sky" – 4:38
  9. "Everybody Takes a Tumble" (Scott, Thistlethwaite) – 7:05
  10. "The Man With the Wind at His Heels" (Scott, Thistlethwaite) – 3:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Leo Abrahams – Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
  • Johnny Andrews – Vocals, Falsetto
  • Dick Beetham – Mastering
  • Brady Blade – Drums
  • Chris Bruce – Guitar (Electric)
  • Clive Deamer – Tabla, Introduction
  • Steve Evans – Engineer, Mixing
  • Steve Gullick – Photography
  • Roddy Lorimer – Trumpet
  • Tim Martin – Engineer, Mixing
  • Pete Min – Engineer
  • Barry Mirochnick – Drums
  • Richard Naiff – Organ, Piano
  • Ida Nilsen – Piano
  • Daniel Presley – Vocals (background), Harmony
  • Mike Rowe – Organ, Piano (Electric)
  • Mike Scott – Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Arranger, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Sound Effects, Tambourine, Vocals, Bells, Producer, Engineer, Loops, Bellzouki, Sleigh Bells, Mixing, Effects
  • Helge Skodvin – Photography
  • Phil Smee – Cover Design, Booklet Design
  • Mark Coates Smith – Resonator
  • Jeremy Stacey – Drums
  • Colin Stewart – Engineer
  • Ren Swan – Mixing
  • Phil Tennant – Producer, Management
  • Steve Wickham – Fiddle, Viola
  • Annie Wilkinson – Resonator

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ McCluskey, Brian. "BBC – Music – Review of The Waterboys – Book Of Lightning". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  3. ^ "The Waterboys – Book Of Lightning Album Review". contactmusic.com. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  4. ^ Simpson, Dave (29 March 2007). "The Waterboys, Book of Lightning". Retrieved 9 July 2017 – via The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Inspire – Inspire Magazine". www.inspiremagazine.org.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  6. ^ "link". inthenews.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  7. ^ News, Manchester Evening (2 April 2007). "The Waterboys – Book Of Lightning (Universal)". manchestereveningnews.co.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  8. ^ April 2 2007, MusicOMH Archived 2007-04-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ John Aizlewood Q, April 2007, Issue 249.
  10. ^ Alastair McKay Uncut, May 2007, Issue 120

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