Wednesday, 16 February 2011

57: Booth and the Bad Angel, “I Believe” (no. 25, 1996)

Not so much for Booth (as he would have additional hits with the band James) as for the Bad Angel part of the equation: Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti, providing his usual lush orchestrations on his only credited UK chart success. (Although, arguably, you could say he was as responsible as anybody else for the appeal of this particular one-hit wonder.) An unexpected collaboration - further bolstered by the recruitment of Suede’s Bernard Butler to add a little extra class on guitar - it never lacks for high musical ambition; as the lyrics have it, “Why be a song/When you can be a symphony?”

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