Reckoning (R.E.M. album)
Reckoning is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band R. E. M. Released on April 9, 1984 by I. R. S. Records. Produced by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, the album was recorded at Reflection Sound Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, over 16 days in December 1983 and January 1984. Dixon and Easter intended to capture the sound of R. E. M.'s live performances, used binaural recording on several tracks. Singer Michael Stipe dealt with darker subject matter in his lyrics, water imagery is a recurring theme on the record. Released to critical acclaim, Reckoning reached number 27 in the United States—where it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1991—and peaked at number 91 in the United Kingdom. After their debut album Murmur received critical acclaim, R. E. M. Began working on their second album, they wrote new material prodigiously. Because of the many new songs the band had, Buck unsuccessfully tried convincing everyone to make the next album a double album.
In November 1983, the band recorded 22 songs during a session with Neil Young producer Elliot Mazer in San Francisco. While Mazer was considered as a candidate to produce the band's next album, R. E. M. Decided to team up again with Murmur producers Mitch Don Dixon instead. R. E. M. Started recording Reckoning at Reflection Sound in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 8, 1983; the group recorded over two eight-day stretches around Christmas that year, separated by two weeks of canceled studio time that allowed the band to perform in Greensboro, North Carolina, go see a movie, shoot a video in the studio. While the studio diary listed 16 days for recording, the album sleeve claimed the album was recorded in 14 days, while in interviews, Buck sometimes stated that the album was recorded in 11 days; the producers both disputed. It was twenty days, still short, but it's not eleven."During recording, there was pressure from I. R. S. Records to try making the album more commercial; the label sent messages to Dixon and Easter, which the producers told the band that they would ignore.
While the producers respected I. R. S. president Jay Boberg, they expressed dismay at the comments he made when he visited during the last day of sessions. Dixon called Boberg "record company clueless", while Easter said "I got along with Jay Boberg OK but now and again he would express an opinion that would make me think,'holy shit', because it would strike me as teenage." Buck said he was grateful that Easter acted as a buffer between the band and its label. He said that "it got to the point where as much as respected the guys at I. R. S. Basically tried to record the records so they wouldn't know were recording them!", explained that part of the reason why R. E. M. recorded the album so was that the group wanted to finish before representatives from I. R. S. showed up to listen to it. The recording sessions were difficult for lead singer Michael Stipe, among the band, was worn out by the band's 1983 tour schedule. Getting usable vocal tracks from Stipe was difficult. While recording the song "7 Chinese Brothers", Stipe sang so that Dixon could not hear him on the tape.
Frustrated, the producer climbed a ladder to a spot above the recording booth Stipe was in and found a gospel record titled The Joy of Knowing Jesus by the Revelaires, which he handed to the singer in an attempt to inspire him. Stipe began reciting the liner notes from the album audibly, which enabled Dixon to move on to recording the vocal track to "7 Chinese Brothers" properly. With Reckoning, Dixon and the band wanted to capture the energy of R. E. M.'s live sound. Dixon had not seen the band perform live before working on Murmur. Dixon wanted the guitars to sound more like they did in concert, but they met resistance from both the band and the label. E. M. started recording, Dixon said the group "wanted to rock out a bit more". Dixon was enamored of the binaural recording technique, used it extensively on the album. Easter recalled that Dixon "made this sort of fake binaural head out of a cardboard box and stuck two microphones in it" to record the group. In Easter's opinion the method made drummer Bill Berry's parts "fresher sounding".
Binaural recording allowed bassist Mike Mills' backing vocals to be loud without obscuring Stipe's lead vocals. Dixon explained, "Mike Mills was singing 12 to 15 feet away from the microphones that were recording his part, but because it was in a studio binaural field, we would tend to hear him as behind."Biographer David Buckley wrote, "While the music moved away from Murmur's airless feel, the subject matter was a little darker." Buck noted in a 1988 interview. Buckley interpreted that imagery as representing the change presented by the band's increasing success, as well as the changing music scene of the group's Athens, Georgia hometown; the song "Camera" addressed the de
Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper song)
"Time After Time" is the second single by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper from her debut studio album, She's So Unusual, with Rob Hyman contributing backing vocals. The track was produced by Rick Chertoff and released as a single on January 27, 1984; the song became Lauper's first number 1 hit in the U. S; the song was written in the album's final stages, after "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "She Bop" and "All Through the Night" had been written. The writing began with the title, which Lauper had seen in TV Guide magazine, referring to the science fiction film Time After Time."Time After Time" is composed of simple keyboard-synth chords, jangly guitars, clock-ticking percussion, elastic bassline. Lyrically, it is a love song of devotion. Music critics gave the song positive reviews, with many commending the song for being a solid and memorable love song; the song has been selected as one of the Best Love Songs of All Time by many media outlets, including Rolling Stone, Nerve, MTV and many others.
"Time After Time" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 1985 edition. The song was a success on the charts, becoming her first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984, remaining there for two weeks; the song reached number three on number six on the ARIA Singles Chart. The song is known for its numerous covers by a wide range of artists, including Miles Davis, who recorded an instrumental version for his 1985 album You're Under Arrest, Eva Cassidy, whose cover of the song appears on her posthumous album of the same name. R&B singer Lil Mo covered the song for her 2001 debut album Based on a True Story. An acoustic version was sung by Lauper with Sarah McLachlan on her 2005 album The Body Acoustic. Lauper has performed the song live with Patti LaBelle twice in 1985 and 2004 and with Sarah McLachlan at the American Music Awards of 2005, as well as with rapper Lil' Kim in 2009. While writing for her debut studio album, in the spring of 1983, Cyndi Lauper was introduced to American musician Rob Hyman, recommended by Rick Chertoff, the album's producer.
Lauper had recorded the majority of the album, including the songs "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "She Bop" and "All Through the Night", but Chertoff insisted that she and Hyman needed to record just "one more song". Therefore and Hyman sat at a piano and started working on "Time After Time"; the inspiration for the song came after both songwriters were going through similar situations in their respective relationships. One of the first lines Rob wrote was "suitcase of memories", which according to Lauper, "struck her", claiming it was a "wonderful line", while other lines came from Lauper's life; the song's title was inspired after Lauper started writing for the song and needed a fake title as a placeholder for the time being. Thus, Lauper was looking in the TV Guide and saw a lot of movie titles, with the 1979 science fiction movie Time After Time being chosen. Although trying to remove the title Lauper claimed she couldn't take it out without the song falling apart. Epic Records wanted "Time After Time" as the album's lead single.
However, Lauper felt that releasing a ballad first defines an artist in a certain way, noting that she could have been known as a balladeer and that it could have killed her career. Her manager Dave Wolff was convinced that "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" could be an anthem, her label agreed and released it as the lead single. "Time After Time" became the album's second single, being released on January 27, 1984. Written by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman and produced by Rick Chertoff, "Time After Time" is built over simple keyboard-synth chords, jangly guitars, clock ticking percussion, elastic bassline. Lyrically, the track is a love song of devotion. Pam Avoledo of Blogcritics speculates that, "In'Time After Time,' Lauper believes she is a difficult person, unworthy of love, she shuts people out. However, her devoted boyfriend who loves her unconditionally is willing to help her through anything; the relationship is given depth. The couple’s intimacy and history is apparent. They've been together for a long time.
They love and have seen each other through every tough part of their life.""Time After Time" is written in the key of C major with a tempo of 130 beats per minute in common time. Lauper's vocals span from G3 to C5 in the song; the song received critical acclaim: Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine praised the track, calling it "the album's finest moment, if not Lauper's greatest moment period." Susan Glen of PopMatters called it a standout track, naming it "gorgeous". Bryan Lee Madden of Sputnikmusic called it "a masterpiece" and "the best and most significant song she wrote or recorded." Brenon Veevers of Renowned for Sound labeled it "sentimental" and "gorgeous". Pam Avoledo of Blogcritics described the song as "a sure-fire classic". Scott Floman, music critic for Goldmine magazine, described the song as "gorgeously heartfelt" and "one of the decade’s finest ballads". Chris Gerard of Metro Weekly summarized the song as a "beautiful and bittersweet ballad." "Time After Time" has entered many lists of "Best Love Songs of All Time", "Best Ballads from the 80's" and others.
Steve Peake of About.com listed the song at number 6 on her "Top Songs of the'80s", writing that the song "stands tall among the music of the entire rock era as one of its all-time great timeless ballads," noting that "it still functions impeccably as a properly wrenching slow-dance favorite." Bill Lamb from About.com, placed the
Time After Time (1979 film)
Time After Time is a 1979 American Metrocolor science fiction film directed by screenwriter Nicholas Meyer and starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen. Filmed in Panavision, it was the directing debut of Meyer, whose screenplay is based on the premise from Karl Alexander's novel Time After Time and a story by Alexander and Steve Hayes; the film presents a story in which British author H. G. Wells uses his time machine to pursue Jack the Ripper into the 20th century. In 1893 London, popular writer Herbert George Wells displays a time machine to his skeptical dinner guests. After he explains how it works, police constables arrive at the house searching for Jack the Ripper. A bag with blood-stained gloves belonging to one of Herbert's friends, a surgeon named John Leslie Stevenson, leads them to conclude that Stevenson might be the infamous killer. Wells races to his laboratory. Stevenson has escaped to the future, but because he does not have the "non-return" key, the machine automatically returns to 1893.
Herbert uses it to pursue Stevenson to November 5, 1979, where the machine has ended up on display at a museum in San Francisco. He is shocked by the future, having expected it to be an enlightened socialist utopia, only to find chaos in the form of airplanes, automobiles and a worldwide history of war and bloodshed. Reasoning that Stevenson would need to exchange his British money, Herbert asks about him at various banks. At the Chartered Bank of London, he meets liberated employee Amy Robbins, who says she had directed Stevenson to the Hyatt Regency hotel. Confronted by his one-time friend Herbert, Stevenson confesses that he finds modern society to be pleasingly violent, stating: "Ninety years ago, I was a freak. Now... I'm an amateur." Herbert demands he return to 1893 to face justice, but Stevenson instead attempts to wrestle the time machine's key from him. Their struggle is interrupted by a maid and Stevenson flees, getting hit by a car during the frantic chase. Herbert follows him to the San Francisco General Hospital emergency room and mistakenly gets the impression that Stevenson has died from his injuries.
Herbert meets up with Amy Robbins again and she initiates a romance. Stevenson returns to the bank to exchange more money. Suspecting that it was Amy who had led Herbert to him, he finds out. Herbert, hoping to convince her of the truth, takes a skeptical Amy three days into the future. Once there, she is aghast to see a newspaper headline revealing her own murder as the Ripper's fifth victim. Herbert persuades her that they must go back – it is their duty to attempt to prevent the fourth victim's murder prevent Amy's. However, they can do no more than phone the police. Stevenson kills again, Herbert is arrested because of his knowledge of the killing. Amy is left alone defenseless, at the mercy of the "San Francisco Ripper". While Herbert unsuccessfully tries to convince the police of Amy's peril, she attempts to hide from Stevenson; when the police do investigate her apartment, they find the dismembered body of a woman. Now aware of Herbert's innocence, the police release a now-heartbroken Wells.
However, he is contacted by Stevenson, who has killed Amy's coworker and taken Amy hostage in order to extort the time machine key from Wells. Stevenson flees with the key – and Amy as insurance – to attempt a permanent escape in the time machine. Using Amy's car, Herbert follows them back to the museum. While Herbert bargains for Amy's life, she is able to escape; as Stevenson starts up the time machine, Herbert removes the "vaporizing equalizer" from it, causing Stevenson to vanish while the machine does not. As Herbert had explained earlier, this causes the machine to remain in place while its passenger is sent traveling endlessly through time with no way to stop. Herbert proclaims that the time has come to return to his own time, in order to destroy a machine that he now knows is too dangerous for primitive mankind. Amy pleads with him to take her along; as they depart to the past, she jokes that she is changing her name to Susan B. Anthony; the film ends with the caption- "H. G. Wells married Amy Catherine Robbins, who died in 1927.
As a writer, he anticipated Socialism, global war, space travel, Women's Liberation. He died in 1946." Malcolm McDowell as Herbert George Wells David Warner as John Leslie Stevenson/Jack the Ripper Mary Steenburgen as Amy Robbins Charles Cioffi as Police Lt. Mitchell Kent Williams as assistant Patti D'Arbanville as Shirley Joseph Maher as Adams According to Meyer from the commentary track for the DVD and Blu-ray release of the film, the author of the novel presented Meyer with 55 pages of his unpublished novel and asked Meyer to critique his work. Meyer liked the premise and optioned the story so he could write a screenplay based on the material and develop the story his own way. McDowell was attracted to the material because he was looking for something different than the sex and violence in Caligula, in which he played the title character. While preparing to portray Wells, Malcolm McDowell obtained a copy of a 78 rpm recording of Wells speaking. McDowell was "absolutely horrified" to hear that Wells spoke in a high-pitched, squeaky voice with a pronounced Southeast London accent, which McDowell felt would have resulted in unintentional humor if he tried to mimic it for the film.
McDowell abandoned any attempt to recreate Wells's authentic speaking style and preferred a more dignified
True Romance (Estelle album)
True Romance is the fourth studio album by English R&B recording artist Estelle. The album was released on February 2015, by Established 1980 Records; the album was supported by the singles "Make Her Say" and "Conqueror". The album's sleeve was designed by Rebecca Sugar, creator of the animated series Steven Universe in which Estelle provides the voice of the character Garnet; the album's first single, "Make Her Say", was released on September 9, 2014. On April 15, 2014, the music video was released for "Make Her Say"; the album's second single "Conqueror" was released on September 9, 2014. On July 21, 2014, the music video was released for "Conqueror". True Romance received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 64, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 9 reviews. Andy Kellman of AllMusic said, "Patched together and out-of-character as it is, the singer's fourth album does have more going for it than her third one did."
Pat Levy of Consequence of Sound said, "With her fourth album, British singer/rapper Estelle postures as a Beyoncé-type figure and fails to achieve comparable results. Clunky songwriting and mediocre lyrics sink an album full of strong production choices and prove that Estelle is unlikely to claim anything more than a spot as the JV Bey. True Romance isn’t going to help Estelle’s quest to remove herself from the one-hit wonder category. In all likelihood, it will further separate her from the pop stardom she’s seeking." Sam C. Mac of Slant Magazine said, "Singing big string-laden power ballads, flexing her often-underutilized rap cadence over patient house grooves, unapologetically indulging her distinctive genre tastes, True Romance proves that Estelle's talents were being too encumbered by the demands of record execs and producer John Legend, delivering a fleet 45 minutes of music that sounds more true to her West London upbringing." Notes^ signifies an additional producer "Silly Girls" contains a sample of "I Don't Want to Play Around" by Ace Spectrum, written by Ed Zant and Aubrey Johnson
Time After Time (Angel song)
"Time After Time" is a song by British singer-songwriter and producer Angel. It was first released in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2012 as the third single from his debut studio album About Time; the song has peaked to number 4 on the UK R&B Chart. A music video to accompany the release of "Time After Time" was first released onto YouTube on 17 October 2012 at a total length of three minutes and forty-four seconds
Time After Time (Hana Mau Machi de)
Time After Time is a song by Japanese singer songwriter Mai Kuraki, taken from her fourth studio album If I Believe. It was released on March 2003 by Giza Studio; the song was written by Aika Ohno, while the production was done by Cybersound. It was served as the theme song to the 2003 Japanese animation movie, Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital; the writer of "Time After Time", Aika Ohno covered the song on her cover third studio album Silent Passage