White Bread, Black Beer

Infobox Album |
Name = White Bread, Black Beer
Type = Album
Artist = Scritti Politti


Released = May 29 2006
Recorded = 2005-2006
Genre = Pop/Post-punk/New Wave
Length = 51:11
Label = Rough Trade
Producer = Green Gartside, Andy Houston
Reviews = *"Blender Magazine Rating|3.5|5 [http://www.blender.com/guide/reviews.aspx?id=4052 link]
*Pitchfork Media (8.1/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/37134-white-bread-black-beer link]
Last album = "Anomie & Bonhomie"
(1999)
This album = "White Bread, Black Beer"
(2006)
Next album =

"White Bread, Black Beer" is the fifth studio album from vocalist and guitarist Green Gartside's genre-eclectic Scritti Politti. It features the single "The Boom Boom Bap". For this album Gartside returned to Rough Trade Records, with whom he had recorded his first album back in 1982 (during his then band's 'post-punk' period). Since then Scritti Politti had been signed to Virgin and the previous three albums have been known for their highly-produced sound. White Bread, however, marks a return to a more minimalist style, recorded and mixed at Gartside's home in East London. Alongside works by Thom Yorke, Lou Rhodes, Muse, Arctic Monkeys and Hot Chip, the album was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Award. Though the award went to Arctic Monkeys, the album has still been critically regarded as one of 2006's finest, and led Gartside to perform his first worldwide gigs in almost 25 years.

So far, "The Boom Boom Bap" has been the sole single released from the album, reaching #10 in the UK Indie charts.

Track listing

# "The Boom Boom Bap"
# "No Fine Lines"
# "Snow in the Sun"
# "Cooking"
# "Throw"
# "Dr. Abernathy"
# "After Six"
# "Petrococadollar"
# "E Eleventh Nuts"
# "Window Wide Open"
# "Road To No Regret"
# "Locked"
# "Mrs. Hughes"
# "Robin Hood"

Trivia

* The sleeve design is based on an actual stitch pattern created by Green's wife Alys.
* The sleeve notes give thanks to David Gamson and Fred Maher, who were the other two main players within the band's line-up for both the "Cupid & Psyche 85" and "Provision" albums.
* There has been speculation over whether "After Six" is named for its position in the tracklisting (i.e. it being song seven) or not, as there is no mention of its title within the lyrics.


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