― Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 11 May 2005 15:40 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 11 May 2005 15:42 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 11 May 2005 15:50 (8 years ago) Permalink
I don't think there will ever be a time when I do not love Tanita Tikaram even though I only remember her every few years
― J0hn D., Friday, 29 June 2007 00:39 (5 years ago) Permalink
"Twist In My Sobriety" came up on my shuffle a minute ago. Other ones I liked long ago were "Elephant" and "It All Came Back Today". Did this 2005 album come out?
At her best, Thea Gilmore has picked up her mantle a bit.
― Eazy, Thursday, 20 September 2007 04:37 (5 years ago) Permalink
Yeah - the album "Sentimental" came out. I didn't get it; what I heard of it sounded like a Nick Lowe-produced Sweet Keeper. I like Nick Lowe fine, but don't want sonic imprints I recognize on my Tanita records. Still, fans who didn't like the Cappucino Songs (I'm not one of them) thought Sentimental was a return to form.
― J0hn D., Thursday, 20 September 2007 04:50 (5 years ago) Permalink
GUYS THERE IS AN AMAZING EDIT OF "TWIST IN MY SOBRIETY" COMING UP SOON.
just trust, it has been blowing my mind all day.
― The Portrait of a Lady of BJs (the table is the table), Saturday, 27 February 2010 07:47 (3 years ago) Permalink
― Johnny Fever, Saturday, 27 February 2010 08:08 (3 years ago) Permalink
I await a post.
― Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 27 February 2010 09:17 (3 years ago) Permalink
the one on discobelle?
― Kaiser Size, Sunday, 28 February 2010 22:30 (3 years ago) Permalink
wonder what she's up to
― licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 14 March 2011 09:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
Tikaram is preparing what will be her eighth studio album, and in July 2010, she flew to Los Angeles, California, United States to commence recording.
― Mark G, Monday, 14 March 2011 09:46 (2 years ago) Permalink
she is playing live in London at Union Chapel on 4 October. First show in 10 years. I would really really like to be there, it's not going to happen but man oh man
― pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 22 July 2011 15:42 (1 year ago) Permalink
Eighth album, just chugging along still. I like that, a lot.
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 July 2011 16:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
man I'm listening to Ancient Heart - Tanita what do I gotta do to make you tour down this way - your music has meant a fuck of a lot to me over the years - if you're reading this thread & you know about underrated aerosmith bootlegs that have your crew call my crew you know what I mean - you are the best
― pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 25 August 2011 01:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
If you can make that happen, uabiho, I'll give you a smooch.
― Johnny Fever, Thursday, 25 August 2011 01:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
I could actually ask some people to make some calls or something 'cause her music has seriously been there for me in some dark hours
― pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 25 August 2011 01:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
I listened to Ancient Heart yesterday after this revive - such a weird mix of genres, not sure how I would describe it to someone else - "Twist in my Sobriety" is still a badass jam, did she ever release anything similar?
― licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
"Twist" remains a wonderful anomaly in her catalogue, actually.
― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
yeah I know - that's what drew me to Ancient Heart all these years ago and I was bit puzzled to hear country tunes when I was expecting gothy gravitas.
― licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
Each of her albums has a different hue, but it's mostly the same jazz/folk hybrid with occasional leans toward a more pop sound (often with horns). I like them all, but I listen to them so infrequently now that I couldn't tell you which songs I like are on which albums (except "I Love the Heaven's Solo" from Everybody's Angel, a great great song).
― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
Cool, I'd never seen this
― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
I mostly remember Tanita Tikaram because she was such a straw man for the uk press. Like, the worst thing a band or singer could do was be compared to her. The hate seemed disproportionate.
― ¯\(°_o)/¯ (Nicole), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
I know the UK press loved her initially, or else "Twist" never would've even made it the US. I guess they turned on her rapidly?
― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
seems like an odd straw (wo)man - was she - god forbid - considered too tasteful?
― licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
it's that she made a big splash with her first London gigs at the Mean Fiddler - I think the hype on her was just high enough in the wake of those to generate lots of haters
you know what Ancient Heart kinda feels like is a Nick Drake Only Born Later kinda record, to me. Nick Drake's a great lyricist obv while Tanita's lyrics are kinda "if you love her, you end up loving her lyrics" deal but the vibe & the impulses seem similar
― pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 16:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
New one out August 27th!
― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 1 June 2012 13:11 (11 months ago) Permalink
xpost (long time)
there's a bunch of girls with guitars that are influenced by Nick Drake, but the guy was a great lyricist, guitar player and singer. And had an excellent understanding of music apart from that.
TT wrote great lyrics, but blimey her performance was scary: her eyes would go up to the top of her skull like she was abs petrified!
Presumably, she doesn't do that now..
― Mark G, Friday, 1 June 2012 13:17 (11 months ago) Permalink
her new single is FANTASTIC.
― decrepit but free (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 03:12 (11 months ago) Permalink
Can't wait to check that out!
― โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka New Romantic Marxists (Mount Cleaners), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 03:41 (11 months ago) Permalink
Here is the video for said single:
― Johnny Fever, Friday, 22 June 2012 06:12 (11 months ago) Permalink
Love this version
― Odd Spice (Eazy), Saturday, 7 July 2012 19:54 (10 months ago) Permalink
the opening track on the new one is 1) pretty dated in a weird '01 style way and 2) FUCKING RAD.
― steven fucking tyler (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:06 (8 months ago) Permalink
you know just because I know everybody demanded it I'm gonna break down the Tanita Tikaram discography for yall so you know where this new one stands in the catalog
Ancient Heart - the debut; huge worldwide success, two hits in the US ("Twist in My Sobriety" and "From the Cathedral") plus I think a couple more in England (Didn't "Good Tradition" chart?). VH1 could not get enough of its introspective midtempo style and neither could I; like a heavily medicated Tori Amos
The Sweet Keeper - A masterpiece, but also my gateway to TT, and an album that played such an essential role in a certain period of my life that I can't really get too clear a view of it. Largely the same band & sound as Ancient Heart but the tempos vary more widely and the songs are more ambitious - more grown-up in a good way. Even more inward-looking and increasingly cryptic - are these lyrics sometimes quite bad or are they just in a weird personal language that can only allow you halfway in? Very emotional record that seems to be about staving off loss a lot of the time, but loss of what? Youth? Innocence? Never clear.
Abruptly, the wheels come off. She'll never have a bad lead-off track but there's not much left besides the atmosphere after that. Lyrics get pretty confusing ("I Love the Heaven's Solo," "Hot Pork Sandwiches"). How does such a great album get followed by such a directionless mess?
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
A little better, but still pretty lost. "You Make the Whole World Cry" - again, the lead-off - is real good, and "Out on the Town" is an unexpected return to playful-but-sad form, but the feeling here is that the well is fairly dry.
Lovers in the City
Shockingly good; probably her best album. Established-personality-trying-to-cope-with-changes-in-pop-style stuff is in effect here but everything works, there's only one song on it I don't like. That song is called "The Yodelling Song." Vocally she's found a great balance between the lightness that made the best songs on The Sweet Keeper so special and the muted desperation of something like "Out on the Town." Just a wonderful album from somebody who was a little famous for a minute and is now nearly invisible - the process is audible; this is somebody who spent a year or two on big stages, but who's she singing to now?
The Cappuccino Songs
Three years passed and I no longer lived where there was a record store and I couldn't find this online for less than twenty dollars and in 1998 I did not have twenty dollars to spare, and I was in a pretty different place, and I never got it. Never heard it! I listened to samples on Amazon and it sounded really good and someday I will get it and go completely nuts about it I bet.
Seven years passed, and I did get this one, because I ran across it somewhere, and it was kind of a mess. I had high hopes but it was just unmemorable.
Can't Go Back
The new one; the first three songs are so good that a longstanding TTFC member starts to get pretty heated up, but then the fourth song is called "Rock and Roll," usually a bad sign. In the second half of the album there's a number of songs in duet; I don't get it. But the lead single is great, and "All Things to You" and "Make the Day" are also present the surprised-you-with-sadness calling card that makes her special, and she's always known how to close an album and "If the World Should Want for Love" doesn't disappoint there, so even if there's a dropoff after those opening three, four great songs in a field of ten where the other six are pleasant enough from an artist nearly forgotten by the world: well, I'll take it, anyway, and I'll be pretty damn grateful about it too
― steven fucking tyler (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:45 (8 months ago) Permalink
I can't thank you enough for this!
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:49 (8 months ago) Permalink