Music City Soul

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Music City Soul
Studio album by Beverley Knight
Released 7 May 2007
Recorded October 2006
Genre Gospel, Soul
Length 53:43
Label Parlophone
Producer Mark Nevers
Eg White
Jimmy Hogarth
Paul Reid
Beverley Knight chronology
Voice - The Best of Beverley Knight
(2006)
Music City Soul
(2007)
The Collection
(2009)
Singles from Music City Soul
  1. "No Man's Land"
    Released: 30 April 2007
  2. "After You"
    Released: 2 July 2007
  3. "The Queen of Starting Over"
    Released: 15 October 2007 (download only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Sun 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Mirror 4/5 stars[2]
The Independent 4/5 stars[3]
London Lite 4/5 stars[4]
The Times 3/5 stars[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[7]
The Belfast Telegraph 4/5 stars[8]
Virgin Media 4/5 stars[9]
Mojo 4/5 stars[10]

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.

Album information[edit]

History[edit]

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 .[11]

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.[12]

The album was preceded by the single "No Man's Land" on 30 April 2007.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
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

Vinyl Edition Released 7 May 2007

Notes:

  • "*" indicates that the song features guitar played by Ronnie Wood.

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Track 4

  • Jimmy Hogarth – guitar
  • Eg White – all instruments on "No Man's Land", except guitar

Track 12

  • 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

Unreleased material[edit]

The following songs were recorded in the run up to the release of Music City Soul, but not included on the album:

  1. "Ain't It Better"
  2. "Bridge" (B. Knight, G. Chambers)
  3. "Firetown" (B. Knight, D. M. Frank)
  4. "Mellow" (B. Knight, J. Hogarth)
  5. "My Motto" (B. Knight, G. Chambers, Lin XI)
  6. "One Step Too Far" (B. Knight, J. Hogarth)
  7. "Time is Now" (B. Knight, G. Chambers)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Providers Peak
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Sun review
  2. ^ The Mirror review
  3. ^ The Independent review
  4. ^ Connolly, Paul. Album review. London Lite. 8 May 2007.
  5. ^ The Times review
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ Digital Spy review
  8. ^ The Belfast Telegraph review
  9. ^ Virgin Media review
  10. ^ Batey, Angus. Album review. MOJO. May 2007 issue, pp. 110.
  11. ^ Hodgkinson, Will. Interview. The Guardian. 25 October 2002.
  12. ^ Press release. Official website. Retrieved 29 January 2007.

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