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Electric Wonderland [Digipak] *
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Album: Electric Wonderland [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Pandora's Box More Info... 0:04
2)    Almost September More Info... 0:04
3)    All That Glitters More Info... 0:05
4)    Oliver's Twist More Info... 0:03
5)    Wishful Thinking More Info... 0:04
6)    Heart of the Matter More Info... 0:04
7)    Escapade More Info... 0:03
8)    Merry Go Round More Info... 0:04
9)    Castle in the Sky More Info... 0:05
10)    Nightingale's Bridge More Info... 0:05
 

Album: Electric Wonderland [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Pandora's Box More Info... 0:04
2)    Almost September More Info... 0:04
3)    All That Glitters More Info... 0:05
4)    Oliver's Twist More Info... 0:03
5)    Wishful Thinking More Info... 0:04
6)    Heart of the Matter More Info... 0:04
7)    Escapade More Info... 0:03
8)    Merry Go Round More Info... 0:04
9)    Castle in the Sky More Info... 0:05
10)    Nightingale's Bridge More Info... 0:05
 
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  • Audio Mixer: Chris Standring.
  • Liner Note Author: Chris Standring.
  • Recording information: Barry Paul Recording, North Hollywood, CA; Rhodes Ave, Studio City, CA.
  • Photographer: Tim Sabatino.
  • Arranger: Chris Standring.
  • Buoyed by the success of his first guitar/strings-themed album, Blue Bolero, British jazz-soul multi-instrumentalist Chris Standring adopts a similarly adventurous method for its follow-up, Electric Wonderland, by abandoning his usual plucked acoustic style for a fingerpicking Fender Stratocaster approach. It's a move that results in arguably his most expressive and playful record to date, its ten original instrumentals drifting from seductive bossa nova ("Oliver's Twist") to infectious brass-led soul ("Almost September") to dreamy lounge-funk ("Castle in the Sky") with the effortlessness and grace that fans of his smooth contemporary sound have become accustomed to. The funky grooves, wah-wah riffs, and vocodered vocal loops of "Pandora's Box" and the languid acid jazz of "Wishful Thinking" are affectionate nods to his Solar System background, while the mellow blues of "Nightingale's Bridge" and the stripped-back shuffle of "Heart of the Matter" are tender romantic numbers likely to have many listeners hearts aflutter. But it's when Standring fully utilizes his newfound love of the string quartet that the album flourishes, whether it's the suitably amusement park-style waltz of "Merry Go Round," the skittering drum'n'bass of "Escapade," or the percussive new age of "All That Glitters." A convincing foray into new territory, Electric Wonderland more than lives up to its name. ~ Jon O'Brien
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