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Afterhere - Addict

  by Dave Goodwin

published: 3 / 11 / 2018

Afterhere - Addict
Label: Addict London
Format: CD


Marvellous debut album from Afterhere, the new band of Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory and singer Berenice Scott

Afterhere is a collaboration of mind-blowing proportions. Glenn Gregory first came to prominence in the early 1980s as the lead singer in the seminal electronic band, Heaven 17. You probably remember their 1981 bestselling debut album 'Penthouse and Pavement'? Which side did you like best? He has worked continuously ever since, releasing a total of eight albums and touring extensively with the band, as well as being known as a musical collaborator with numerous other artist, from Tina Turner to John Lydon to La Roux. The second half of this glorious-sounding affair is Berenice Scott, a vocalist and amazing keyboard player who released an album of her own compositions, 'Polarity', in 2014. Over the last few years she has collaborated with Glenn on a variety of projects for film, television and stage, including their hugely popular 'Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' tour with original band members Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey. The two's first commission as a duo was actually for TV in the form of 'Liar', a six-part drama starring Joanne Froggat and Ioan Gruffud , and they played their first live date on 11th September of this year. They first met in Denmark four years ago when they were both performing at a festival. Heaven 17 were looking for a new keyboard player, abd Glenn asked Berenice to join the band. Now they have embarked on this, their first album together entitled 'Addict'. The whole album is perfectly polished as you would expect from a Gregory outing. The first and title track is a perfect way of introducing Berenice's marvellous vocals which lie somewhere between Karen Carpenter and Dido . 'Blackout' is more industrial sounding , while 'It's Ok' is a faster poppier track that is one of the highlights for me. 'A Place to Be' and another highlight 'After the Night are slower affairs'. Glenn's vocals do not appear until midway in when his unique and iconic vocals appear on 'Darkstar'. I don't get along with covers as a rule, but tehir version of Bob Dylan's 'All Along the Watchtower' is just brilliant. The whole outing culminates with 'Worship', a track of immense qualities which shows Berenice's vocals to full affect.

Track Listing:-
1 Addict
2 Blackout
3 It's OK
4 A Place to Be
5 Breaking Rules
6 Darkstar
7 After the Night
8 All Along the Watchtower
9 I Won't Cry
10 Unbroken
11 Worship

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