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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]

Who Can You Trust?
Morcheeba - Who Can You Trust.jpg
Studio album by
Released24 September 1996
GenreTrip hop
Length56:07
LabelIndochina, Discovery, Sire
ProducerMorcheeba
Morcheeba chronology
Who Can You Trust?
(1996)
Big Calm
(1998)

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Chicago Tribune    [3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
Pitchfork8.3/10[5]
Q     [6]
The Village VoiceA−[7]

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."[8] 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."[9] 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."[4] Robert Christgau, in The Village Voice, praised the band as "always thoughtful, often sad, rarely neurotic, never scary."[7]

Commercial PerformanceEdit

By 1998, Who Can You Trust? had sold around 500,000 copies worldwide,[10] and by 2003 it had passed the one million mark in worldwide sales.[11] 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.[12]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by P.Godfrey, R.Godfrey, S. Edwards.

No.TitleLength
1."Moog Island"5:21
2."Trigger Hippie"5:31
3."Post Houmous"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"1:07
9."Col"4:07
10."Who Can You Trust?"8:56
11."Almost Done"6:38
12."End Theme"2:27
Total length:55:56

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[13] Platinum 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Discogs entry for the re-issue
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Who Can You Trust? – Morcheeba". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  3. ^ Klein, Josh (29 November 1996). "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Entertainment Weekly: 68. 8 November 1996.
  5. ^ Wisdom, James P. "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 4 June 2003. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Q (152): 132. May 1999.
  7. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (15 April 1997). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Melody Maker. 6 April 1996.
  9. ^ "Morcheeba: Who Can You Trust?". Musician. February 1997.
  10. ^ Perry, Tim (21 March 1998). "Pop: Big Calm Following the Storm". Independent. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  11. ^ O’Clee, Daisy (16 August 2003). "Money? It's just part of the process..." The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  12. ^ Newman, Melinda (9 September 2000). "Four For The Road". Billboard. p. 100. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  13. ^ Dezzani, Mark (28 November 1998). "Mtv Italy Seen Making Strides In Its 1st Year". Billboard. p. 40. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 June 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Who Can You Trust in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.