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Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam

Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam is the debut album of British singer and electronic producer Ghostpoet. It was released worldwide on 4 February 2011 on Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings.[5] The album was shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize,[6] but lost to Let England Shake by PJ Harvey.[7]

Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
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Studio album by
Released4 February 2011
Recorded2010, Redbull Music Academy studios and The Brownswood Basement
GenreAlternative hip hop, electronica, trip hop
Length41:11
LabelBrownswood Recordings BWOOD057CD
ProducerGhostpoet
Ghostpoet chronology
Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
(2011)
Some Say I So I Say Light
(2013)
Singles from Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
  1. "Cash and Carry Me Home"
    Released: January 23, 2011[1]
  2. "Survive It"
    Released: May 6, 2011[2]
  3. "Liiines"
    Released: September 2, 2011[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Lesson Six4/5 stars[4]

An instrumental version of "Finished I Ain't" was used on the advert for 2011 Channel 4 drama Top Boy, which following residents of a housing estate in London and their turn to drug dealing and gang culture.

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Upon its release, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam received generally good reviews from music critics. The website Metacritic[8] gives the album an aggregated score of 78/100 while, and as of July 2011, Amazon ranks it at 18 in their list of the top 50 most acclaimed albums of the year so far.[9] Most reviews, both positive and negative, emphasized the engaging nature of the music; Zachary Houle of Pop Matters praised the sound for being "compelling in its own audacity."[10] Adam Kennedy of the BBC stated that "rarely does a British debut album forge such a fully formed, genuinely unique direction", adding, that the album "throws its headgear into the ring as an early contender for 2011's finest out-of-leftfield long-players".[11] Some reviews were more mixed, however; American magazine CMJ noted the challenging nature of the music, saying that the songs "barely step out of the realm of down-tempo trip hop genre pioneered by his countrymen Massive Attack," but added that, "Ghostpoet shows that he is close to mastering it."[12]

Track listingEdit

All songs written and produced by Ghostpoet.

No.TitleLength
1."Onetwos"0:40
2."Run Run Run"3:19
3."Us Against Whatever Ever"4:28
4."Finished I Ain't"4:19
5."Longing for the Night"3:34
6."Yeah Pause"0:17
7."I Just Don't Know"3:36
8."Survive It" (featuring Fabiana Palladino)4:21
9."Gaaasp"5:27
10."Cash and Carry Me Home"3:35
11."Garden Path"2:49
12."Liiines"4:51
  • Note: Some editions of the album combine "Onetwos" with "Run Run Run", and "Longing for the Night" with "Yeah Pause" respectively.

PersonnelEdit

According to the album's liner notes:

  • Ghostpoet - Vocals, writing and production
  • Florian Sauvaire - Drums on "Finished I Ain't", "I Just Don't Know" and "Liiines", additional production
  • Chris Lockington - Guitar on "Finished I Ain't", "I Just Don't Know" and "Liiines", additional production
  • Fabiana Palladino - Vocals on "Survive It"
  • Ian "Ean" Carter - Mixing, guitar on "Finished I Ain't" and "Liiines", bass on "Liiines", additional production, recording
  • Brendon "Octave" Harding - Recording, additional production
  • Stuart Hawkes - Mastering
  • Nigel R Glasgow - Additional production
  • Mischa Ritcher - Photography
  • Teddy George-Poku - Styling
  • Ana Pryor - Graphics

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  4. ^ Sam Morris. "Review: Ghostpoet's Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam". Lessonsix.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  5. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Mercury Prize - Albums of the Year: News - Albums of the Year". Mercuryprize.com. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  7. ^ Alexandra Topping. "PJ Harvey wins Mercury music prize for the second time". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Ghostpoet". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Amazon.co.uk: Best Albums of 2011". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Ghostpoet". PopMatters. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  11. ^ "BBC - Music - Review of Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Ghostpoet". CMJ. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2015.