The Antidote (Morcheeba album)

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The Antidote
Morcheeba - The Antidote.jpg
Studio album by Morcheeba
Released May 31, 2005
Genre Electronica
Label Echo Records
Morcheeba chronology
Parts of the Process (The Very Best of Morcheeba)
(2003)
The Antidote
(2005)
Dive Deep
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (2.7/10)[3]
Popmatters (5/10)[4]
MusicOHM favourable[5]

The Antidote is the fifth album by Morcheeba, released in 2005. It featured Daisy Martey on vocals, who replaced Skye Edwards. It was the band's first album with Echo Records.[6] The album reached 17 in the UK album charts.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wonders Never Cease" – 4:13
  2. "Ten Men" – 4:15
  3. "Everybody Loves a Loser" – 4:34
  4. "Like a Military Coup" – 3:17
  5. "Living Hell" – 5:52
  6. "People Carrier" – 4:21
  7. "Lighten Up" – 4:15
  8. "Daylight Robbery" – 2:48
  9. "Antidote" – 6:20
  10. "God Bless and Goodbye" – 4:24
  • Japanese bonus tracks
  1. "Wonders Never Cease" (Chicken Lips special 12" version) – 6:39
  2. "Lighten Up" (Super Discount club mix) – 6:58

Singles[edit]

The album was supported by three singles; "Lighten Up", "Everybody Loves a Loser" and "Wonders Never Cease".[8][9][10] The latter was co-written by Jody Sternberg who would later join the band on tour.[11]

Critical Reception[edit]

Pitchfork gave the album a 2.7 out of ten, remarking that Daisy Martey replacing singer Skye Edwards was like "an Angela Lansbury replacing a Marilyn Monroe."[3]

Most reviews were more favourable, if somewhat tepid. Prefix Magazine gave it a six out of ten, noting the new direction of the band was "definitely welcome."[12] PopMatters called it a solid album, but argued that Martey's style played against the Godfrey brothers' strengths, referring to the majority of the album as a "disappointment".[4] BBC Music, on the other hand, delivered a strong recommendation, noting its eclectic style, and ending its positive review with "For the malaise brought on by much of today's dance-by-numbers, it's an antidote, indeed."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for The Antidote". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b "Morcheeba". Pitchfork. 
  4. ^ a b "Morcheeba". PopMatters. 
  5. ^ "Morcheeba – The Antidote". musicOMH. 
  6. ^ Listing for The Antidote album on Discogs.com (accessed 23 March, 2015).
  7. ^ Chart listing for The Antidote (accessed 23 March 2015).
  8. ^ Listing for the Lighten Up single on Discogs.com, (accessed 23 March 2015).
  9. ^ Listing for the Everybody Loves a Loser single on Discogs.com, (23 March 2015).
  10. ^ Listing for the Wonders Never Cease single on Discogs.com, (accessed 23 March 2015).
  11. ^ Pauline Pechin. "Live - Morcheeba At Nokia Theatre, New York City". The Fader. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Album Review: Morcheeba - The Antidote". Prefixmag. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  13. ^ Morgan, Simon. "BBC - Music - Review of Morcheeba - The Antidote". Retrieved 2015-06-06.