Everybody's Angel

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Everybody's Angel
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Studio album by Tanita Tikaram
Released 4 February, 1991
Recorded Jume-September 1990
Genre Rock, Pop, Folk
Length 48:09
Label East West Records 9031-73341-1
Producer Tanita Tikaram, Peter van Hooke, Rod Argent
Tanita Tikaram chronology
The Sweet Keeper
(1990)
Everybody's Angel
(1991)
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
(1992)
Singles from Everybody's Angel
  1. "Only the Ones We Love"
    Released: 21 January, 1991
  2. "I Love the Heaven's Solo"
    Released: 23 April, 1991[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Everybody's Angel is the third studio album by Tanita Tikaram, released in 1991.

Background[edit]

Tikaram wrote the majority of the songs that form the album between December 1989-January 1990, just before the release of her second album The Sweet Keeper, with "Hot Pork Sandwiches" dating far back to 1988.

The basic recording of the album took place in June 1990 at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York. The same team of musicians that had worked on her previous two albums were brought to play for this one, including Mark Isham, Helen O'Hara and Mark Creswell. Further recordings took place at Abbey Road Studios back in England. As with her previous two albums, Rod Argent and Peter van Hooke produced the record, but for the first time Tikaram co-produced the songs as well, a move she said she had not felt confident enough to do on the previous two records. This would be the last time Tikaram collaborated with Argent and van Hooke on production.

Jennifer Warnes, of whom Tikaram had always declared being a fan of, and whom Tikaram had met when Warnes attended one of her concerts at The Roxy in 1989, added harmony vocals on two songs on the album, the single "Only the Ones We Love" and "Mud in Any Water".

Two songs on the album, "Hot Pork Sandwiches" and "I Love the Heaven's Solo" had previously been released in 1990 in acoustic versions as b-sides to the single "Little Sister Leaving Town".

Release and reception[edit]

The album sold moderately well in Europe, but there was an evident decline in sales in comparison with Tikaram's previous albums, and in most territories this was the singer's last album to achieve a chart placing, including the USA. Everybody's Angel debuted and peaked at #19 in the UK, and achieved similar top 20 placings around Europe, but fell off the charts pretty quickly. In the USA, it peaked at a low #142.

Reviews were mixed, but generally found the record more inspired than her second album The Sweet Keeper. Most of the reviews also noted a strong Van Morrison influence on the sound of the album.

Two singles were released off the album. The lead single "Only the Ones We Love", with backup vocals by Jennifer Warnes, did not become a substantial hit and only peaked at #69 in the UK. The second single, a re-recorded "I Love the Heaven's Solo" with a gospel choir, did not chart at all. The album track "Deliver Me" was touted as a possible third single (or US-only single) as it was getting a good response, but no release ever came to be.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Tanita Tikaram

  1. "Only the Ones We Love"
  2. "Deliver Me"
  3. "This Story in Me"
  4. "To Wish This"
  5. "Mud in Any Water"
  6. "Sunface"
  7. "Never Known"
  8. "This Stranger"
  9. "Swear By Me"
  10. "Hot Pork Sandwiches"
  11. "Me in Mind"
  12. "Sometime with Me"
  13. "I Love the Heaven's Solo"
  14. "I'm Going Home"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 19
Dutch Albums Chart 20
German Albums Chart 17
Swedish Albums Chart 16
Swiss Albums Chart 12
UK Albums Chart 19
US Billboard 200 142

Personnel[edit]

  • Tanita Tikaram – guitar, vocals
  • David Hayes – bass
  • Mark Isham – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jennifer Warnes – harmony vocals
  • Rod Argent – piano, Hammond organ, harmony vocals, string arrangements & conductor
  • James Archer – violin
  • Mark Berrow – violin
  • Mike Brittain – double bass
  • Richie Buckley – alto & tenor saxophone
  • David Emanuel – viola
  • Lyn Fletcher – violin
  • Wilfred Gibson – violin
  • Roy Gillard – violin
  • Jack Glickman – viola
  • Paul Kegg – cello
  • Ben Kennard – cello
  • Carol Kenyon – harmony vocals
  • Katie Kissoon – harmony vocals
  • Andrew McGee – viola
  • Jim McLeod – violin
  • Helen O'Hara – violin
  • Peter Oxer – violin
  • Anthony Pleeth – cello
  • Paul Silverthorne – viola
  • Barry Wilde – violin
  • Mark Creswell – guitar
  • Martin Robinson – cello

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