Book of Lightning

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Book of Lightning
Book of Lightning Waterboys Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by The Waterboys
Released 2 April 2007
Recorded London, Vancouver, Mike Scott's home studio
Genre Rock
Label Puck
Producer Mike Scott, Philip Tennant
The Waterboys chronology
Karma to Burn
(2005)
Book of Lightning
(2007)
An Appointment with Mr Yeats
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
BBC Favourable link
contactmusic.com 9/10 stars link
The Guardian 5/5 stars link
Insight Magazine Favourable link
inthenews.co.uk 9/10 stars link
Manchester Evening News 4/5 starslink
musicOMH.com 3/5 stars April 2 2007
Q 2/5 stars[1]
Twisted Ear 3/5 stars link
Uncut 4/5 stars[2]

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 were 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. ^ John Aizlewood Q, April 2007, Issue 249.
  2. ^ Alastair McKay Uncut, May 2007, Issue 120

External links[edit]