Who Can You Trust? (album)

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Who Can You Trust?
Morcheeba - Who Can You Trust.jpg
Studio album by Morcheeba
Released 24 September 1996
Genre Trip hop
Length 56:07
Label Indochina, Discovery, Sire
Producer Morcheeba
Morcheeba chronology
Who Can You Trust?
(1996)
Big Calm
(1998)Big Calm1998

Who Can You Trust? is the debut studio album by English electronic music group Morcheeba. It was released in 1996 on China Records in the United Kingdom and Discovery and Sire Records in the United States. Stylistically, the album is by far the band's most trip hop oriented release, consisting of languid, looping grooves, using mostly Rhodes piano, electric guitar and scratching. At the end of 1998 the album was re-issued as 2-CDs with the 8 track disc Beats & B-Sides collection.[1]

By 1998, Who Can You Trust? had sold around 500,000 copies worldwide,[2] and by 2003 it had passed the one million mark in worldwide sales.[3] By 2000, combined sales of Who Can You Trust? and the group's second album Big Calm stood at 315,000 copies in the United States.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly B+[7]
Pitchfork 8.3/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
The Village Voice A−[10]

Melody Maker recommended Who Can You Trust? and remarked that Morcheeba "take up where trip hop leaves off, picking up at its outer reaches and taking it way, way off into the Indian Ocean... A strange and bitter brew indeed."[11] Musician wrote that the band is "saved from Portishead comparisons mainly by their fondness for guitars" and that their "laid-back beats and gentle, smoky tunes are enhanced by Ry Cooder-ish slide, funky wah-wah, and other simple guitar flourishes, as well as a reappearing Hammond organ and some occasional strings."[12] Entertainment Weekly compared vocalist Skye Edwards to "Sade filtered through Portishead" and felt that she has "enough hypnotic charms and charisma to counter the dangers of techno-riff overkill."[7] Robert Christgau, in The Village Voice, praised the band as "always thoughtful, often sad, rarely neurotic, never scary."[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Moog Island" – 5:21
  2. "Trigger Hippie" – 5:31
  3. "Post Houmous" (Instrumental) – 1:48
  4. "Tape Loop" – 4:24
  5. "Never an Easy Way" – 6:41
  6. "Howling" – 3:40
  7. "Small Town" – 5:09
  8. "Enjoy the Wait" (Instrumental) – 1:07
  9. "Col" – 4:07
  10. "Who Can You Trust?" – 8:56
  11. "Almost Done" – 6:38
  12. "End Theme" (Instrumental) – 2:27
Japanese bonus tracks
  1. "The Music That We Hear (Moog Island)" – 3:50
  2. "Trigger Hippie" (Newcheeba Mix) – 4:01
  3. "Tape Loop" (Shortcheeba Mix) – 3:49

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Discogs entry for the re-issue
  2. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/pop-big-calm-following-the-storm-1151569.html
  3. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2003/aug/16/features.jobsmoney1
  4. ^ https://books.google.hr/books?id=aREEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA100&dq=morcheeba+billboard&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwithrGW7NfXAhVF46QKHTtTDWo4HhDoAQguMAI#v=onepage&q=morcheeba%20billboard&f=false
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Who Can You Trust? – Morcheeba". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Klein, Josh (29 November 1996). "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Entertainment Weekly: 68. 8 November 1996. 
  8. ^ Wisdom, James P. "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 4 June 2003. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Q (152): 132. May 1999. 
  10. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (15 April 1997). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Melody Maker. 6 April 1996. 
  12. ^ "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Musician. February 1997. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Who Can You Trust in the search field and then press Enter.