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Charles Stuart - The Man Who Likes Watching
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Charles Stuart

The Man Who Likes Watching

Slowfoot Records

Released: 28th January 2008 | 11 track blue-eyed soul album

The Man Who Likes Watching is the idiosyncratic debut album from the immensely talented London born singer-songwriter and musician Charles Stuart. Drawing on his British/Dominican heritage and love of old soul, reggae and funk Stuart has created a snapshot of London life as seen through sly eyes and expressed with a subversive wit - track by track The Man Who Likes Watching plays like a surreal cocktail of Marvin Gaye and Badly Drawn Boy. From the playfulness of the opening track 'Sunflower' to the dark humour of 'Accidents Involving Pedestrians', along to the inverted hiphop operetta of 'Bliss In Here' (a story of a slacker plainclothes policeman) to 'Silence on Trains' (a tale of a quickie tubetrain romance), to the title track (where Stuart dreams his father morphs into hardman Gene Hackman!), The Man Who Likes Watchingis an album of sheer inventiveness, originality and effortless sounding musicality. From the playfulness of the opening track 'Sunflower' to the dark humour of 'Accidents Involving Pedestrians', along to the inverted hiphop operetta of 'Bliss In Here' (a story of a slacker plainclothes policeman) to 'Silence on Trains' (a tale of a quickie tubetrain romance), to the title track (where Stuart dreams his father morphs into hardman Gene Hackman!), THE MAN WHO LIKES WATCHING is an album of sheer inventiveness, originality and effortless sounding musicality. Ensuring his album's production remained true to his ideas Stuart worked closely with trusted producer Frank Byng to achieve a distinctive mix of rich and quirky sounds. Charles Stuart can also be seen working with the afro-kraut, jazz-dub outfit Snorkel (Slowfoot) adding drum machines, analog synths and vocals and is currently MD for Grace Jones' live band.

... Marvin Gaye-meets-Brian Eno... some holy bionic spawn of a sensible Lee Perry and a stoned Goldie... the lyrics suggest... all manner of urban shadowplay, with their sly wit and crepuscular observations... A provocative collection by a wonderfully warped artist. [The Guardian]

The album is sheer invention from start to finish with its rich, quirky sounds and idiosyncratic invention. Folks, he's the very soul of esoteric eclectica. [The Guardian]

Flawlessly executed, I couldn't care less who Stuart likes watching as long as he keeps churning out the music [Gazeta]

"... Marvin Gaye-meets-Brian Eno... some holy bionic spawn of a sensible Lee Perry and a stoned Goldie... the lyrics suggest all manner of urban shadowplay, with their sly wit and crepuscular observations... A provocative collection by a wonderfully warped artist."
Paul Lester, The Guardian
"A mixed bag of soul tunes drenched in dub, and dub tunes drenched in pop mentality, flawlessly executed, I couldn't care less who Stuart likes watching as long as he keeps churning out the music."
Gazeta
"The album is sheer invention from start to finish with its rich, quirky sounds and idiosyncratic invention. Folks, he's the very soul of esoteric eclectica."
The Guardian