||At The Close Of Every Day CD |
Arid songs As applied to music, the word "arid" means lifeless. One assumes that the Belgian rock quartet who adopted Arid as its name intended the more popular climatic definition, meaning lacking in moisture. (Probably they are unaware that Arid is also a brand of deodorant.) Or maybe they just meant to be ironic, since Arid's music is neither dull nor dry. On the contrary, it is dynamic and works up quite a sweat. The group develops compelling repeated musical figures on which the basic rock instrumentation is often augmented by a string quartet or other instruments, and then lead singer Jasper Steverlinck emotes over them, his rich tenor, which occasionally suggests U2's Bono or Van Morrison. It can be stirring stuff, though as you listen more closely to what Steverlinck is singing (or follow along on the lyric sheet that takes up nearly all of the CD booklet), you may begin to wonder what he's so upset about. Love comes up frequently, but the singer's English as a second language lyrics can be impenetrable even when they aren' t awkwardly constructed. "She'll soon fled the town," he tells us in "World Weary Eyes," and in "Me and My Melody" asks, "Do you fail to understand what is heartily now?" Well, now that you mention it ... ~ William Ruhlmann
Recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels, Belgium.
Personnel: Jasper Steverlinck (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); David Duprey (guitar, dobro); David Du Pré (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro); David Dewaele (slide guitar, lap steel guitar); Leo Payne, Sue Dench (violin); Liz Partridge (viola); Audrey Riley (cello); Steve Sidwell (trumpet); Dave Anderson (piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Steven Van Havere (drums); Martin Ditchum (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Clif Norrell; Dave Anderson.
Recording information: Icp Studios, Brussels, Belgium; Lansdowne Studios, London, England.
Photographer: Maarten Vanden Abeele.
Arrangers: Steven Van Havere; Jasper Steverlinck; Arid.
Arid: Jasper Steverlinck (vocals, electric guitar); David Du Pre (acoustic & electric guitars, dobro); Filip Ros (bass); Steven Van Havere (drums).
Additional personnel: David Dewaele (slide & lap steel guitars); Leo Payne, Susan Dench (violin); Liz Partridge (viola); Audrey Riley (cello); Steve Sidwell (trumpet); Dave Anderson (piano, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); Martin Ditchum (percussion).