15430 Mirror Mirror
Produced by 10cc, Graham Gouldman, Adrian Lee, Eric Stewart
Released on March 28, 1995
no chart information
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15430-2 cover
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M irror Mirror reflects how much time has passed since 10cc's irreverent exploits. Beginning with a pointless remake of “I’m Not In Love,” the album delivers downbeat pop that suggests Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton (c. Pilgrim) or Mike + The Mechanics minus the genius. It’s not even a 10cc album proper: Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart don’t appear to play together on the album. Graham sings and plays on his songs, Eric plays on his, and The Mechanics’ Adrian Lee plays the peacemaker. If you’re looking for a reunion, you’ll have to settle for Andrew Gold singing “Ready To Go Home” (inexplicably released as a second single when “Peace In Our Time” was the obvious choice). I admit, I was a little impatient with “Look Hear?,” which has finally found a flattering mirror (mirror) to stand beside. But both records suffer from being very normal pop records by a band admired most for its abnormal observations. There’s only one dreadlock intermission (“Take This Woman”) and the agitated ending (“Everything Is Not Enough”) to appease anyone in the left-field bleachers. Much of Mirror Mirror sounds like filler from a Paul McCartney record, perhaps not surprising when you consider that Stewart joined McCartney’s band. Had this disc been credited to Graham Gouldman and/or Eric Stewart, I wouldn’t feel so cheated, but by opening with “I’m Not In Love” and calling itself the new 10cc record, Mirror Mirror strains to effect the comparison. Gouldman and Stewart often played the musical straightmen to Godley and Creme, and listening to Mirror Mirror is like watching Bud Abbott in a film without Lou Costello. It’s not an embarrassing record and I don’t expect consummate songwriters like Stewart and Gouldman to suffer silence, but the old 10cc records were far more fertile.

15430-2 lyric sleeve 15430-2 back sleeve
15430-2 lyric sleeve 15430-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. I'M NOT IN LOVE (REWORK OF ART MIX)    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)
  2. PEACE IN OUR TIME    (Graham Gouldman/Steve Pigott)
  3. READY TO GO HOME    (Andrew Gold/Graham Gouldman)
  4. THE MONKEY AND THE ONION    (Graham Gouldman/Tim Rice)
  5. WHY DID I BREAK YOUR HEART    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)
  6. CODE OF SILENCE    (Eric Stewart)
  7. TAKE THIS WOMAN    (Eric Stewart/Graham Gouldman)
  8. GROW OLD WITH ME    (Graham Gouldman)
  9. AGE OF CONSENT    (Eric Stewart)
  10. EVERYTHING IS NOT ENOUGH    (Eric Stewart)

    JPN CD track listing
  11. I'M NOT IN LOVE (REWORK OF ART MIX)
  12. PEACE IN OUR TIME
  13. CODE OF SILENCE
  14. TAKE THIS WOMAN
  15. YVONNE'S THE ONE
  16. THE MONKEY AND THE ONION
  17. MARGO WANTS THE MUSTARD
  18. READY TO GO HOME
  19. EVERYTHING IS NOT ENOUGH
  20. BLUEBIRD
  21. AGE OF CONSENT
  22. GROW OLD WITH ME
  23. WHY DID I BREAK YOUR HEART
  24. NOW YOU'RE GONE
  25. I'M NOT IN LOVE (ACOUSTIC SESSION '95)

CREDITS

GRAHAM GOULDMAN -- lead vocal, guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals, harmony vocal, mandolin, percussion
ADRIAN LEE -- keyboard programming, percussion, backing vocals, string arrangement, arrangement, acoustic guitar, programming, whistling, accordion, brass section, mix engineer
ERIC STEWART -- lead vocal, lead guitar, electric piano, all instruments, percussion, engineer, mixing
Lise Aferiat -- violin
Gary Barnacle -- sax (5)
Nicola Burton -- violin
Lol Creme -- grand piano and backing vocals (1)
Rick Fenn -- lead guitar (2)
Rod Gammons -- additional production and remix (2)
Kevin Godley -- bass drum, musical box and backing vocals (1)
Andrew Gold -- guitar, lead vocal, backing vocals
Chris Goldscheider -- viola
Andrew Hines -- cello (4)
Patrick Jones -- cello
Paul McCartney -- strings, electric piano, frogs crickets and percussion (6)
Steve Pigott -- keyboard and drum programming (2)
Ian Thomas -- drums (3)
Peter Thoms -- trombone (7)
Gary Wallis -- drums and percussion (2)
Kevin Jacobs -- engineer
Graham Bonnett -- mix engineer
Rafe McKenna -- mix engineer
Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon -- cover design
Julien Mills -- artwork assistance
Colin Hawkins -- photography
Tony May -- band photography (what band?)
Jason Reddy/Tapestry -- computer

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US March 28, 1995 Apex/Critique CD/CS 15430 lyric sleeve
JPN 1995 Apex/Cutting Edge CDX CTCR-13033 w. extra tracks

 

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