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“I Got the Wherewithal,” the first single from a little known band called theaudience, debuted to public consumption in the fall of 1997. At the climax of the Britpop movement, this talented sextet got lost in the shuffle. Their stellar eponymous LP, released to the following summer, went onto to attain cult status. Not long after theaudience was commercially scuttled, the group quietly disbanded in tandem with Britpop's descent from the cultural zeitgeist. The frontwoman for theaudience, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, began to coolly plot her next musical move. She was unaware that she was about to set in motion a recording career that ended up stretching 20 years.
That Ellis-Bextor has decided to assemble a retrospective to house her many stylistically expansive charters isn't surprising. Instead of a general curation of radio edits for “Murder on the Dancefloor,” “Mixed Up World,” “Catch You,” “Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer),” “Young Blood” and more, Ellis-Bextor has chosen to recreate them in a rich, inventive orchestral mode. She's even reaching back to her unsung roots with theaudience, looking toward their three singles for tracklist consideration.
In all, it's a decision that has gotten the singer's fanbase buzzing. Initially operating under the working title of Orchestral Greatest Hits, Ellis-Bextor's typical panache shined through to properly name her singles set The Song Diaries. The curious and the devout can track the progress of the project through Ellis-Bextor's PledgeMusic page which offers The Song Diaries, due this spring, in a variety of formats with other accompanying goodies. Until Ellis-Bextor's next studio offering of new material, The Song Diaries promises to be a gorgeous and gratifying stopgap.
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