Review: Alkinoos Ioannidis - Local Stranger
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Local Stranger
 Artist: Alkinoos Ioannidis
 Album: Local Stranger
 Date of Release: 2012/03/26
 Label: Wrasse Records / Universal Music
 Cat. No.: WRASS299
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 Country of Release: UK
 Genre/s: World


 Sub-Genre/s: Singer-Songwriter
 Type: Studio
   Time: 52:47
   Date of Review: 2012/10/02
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   Web Site: http://www.alkinoos.gr/
   

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Local Stranger

Released on Wrasse Records / Universal Music on 26th March, Alkinoos Ioannidis' Local Stranger is a 'best of' compilation.

I am no great fan of compilations at the best of times, unless they are of some sort of special interest, for example of historical interest. But 'best of' compilations are generally really my least liked kind. Now, if they really present top quality material, OK...

Ioannidis is apparently Greece's most popular singer. An excellent singer he certainly is, credit where it's due. However, I cannot but consider the music of Local Stranger anything other than MOR pop, albeit strongly Greek, rock and more flavoured. Hard as it tries (too hard!), Local Stranger is sadly generally just bland and somewhat schmaltzy. I am sad to say, over all it is the kind of music that could make me lose the will to live. Listening to this album three times before writing a single word, and listening to it as I write, has stretched the limits of even my endurance beyond the reasonable. There just is nothing for me to redeem this album.

Your mileage may vary, of course. You may think this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Congratulations, you probably love the bland and dull and saccharine AKA MOR.
 

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Track List:

 1. The Pilgrim - 3:30
 2. Afternoon at the Tree - 3:40
 3. It Was Just a Dream - 3:24
 4. With So Many Lies - 2:59
 5. Mirror - 3:53
 6. Plea - 2:19
 7. I Said I'd Live - 4:11
 8. I'll Be There - 2:58
 9. The Passage - 3:47
10. All Love Dreams Of - 3:13
11. Shallow Depths - 3:28
12. Homeland - 3:26
13. You Are Your Own Way - 5:49
14. The Changing World - 3:30
15. Silence - 2:29

All tracks & arr. Alkinoos Ioannidis


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Credits:

Alkinoos Ioannidis - lead vocals (all); acoustic guitar (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15); lute (2); electric guitar (2, 5, 8); electric bass (2, 15); drums (2); 12-string guitar (3, 7, 15); marimba (7); backing vocals (7); programming (7, 12); glockenspiel (12); keyboards (12)

Miltiades Papastamou - violin, viola (1, 14); violin (3); solo violin (12)
Yiorgos Kaloudis - cello (1, 14); electric 5-string cello, pizz. (13)
Stavros Lantsias - Hammond, Rhodes (1); piano, keyboards, melodica (3); piano (4, 10, 11); kb, drums (5); piano, keyboards (8, 15); keyboards (14)
Yiotis Kiourtsoglou - acoustic bass (1); electric bass (4, 5, 14); fretless electric bass (8)
Mike Kapilidis - drums (1, 4, 8, 13, 14)
Matthaios Tsahouridis - lyra (2)
Nikos Sidirokastritis - drums (3, 6)
Vangelis Kontopoulos - electric double bass (3, 6)
Vangelis Karipis - percussion (3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12)
Vangelis Lappas - electric guitar (3, 4, 14); acoustic guitar (13)
David Lynch - sop. & ten. sax (4)
Eleni Kapilidou - child vocals (5)
Harris Lambrakis - recorders (sop, alto, ten) (6)
Manos Achalinotopoulos - clarinet (7)
Angelos Polychronou - percussion (7)
Michalis Siganidis - electric double bass (7)
Vivi Geka - Mandolin, Mandola (9)
Michalis Diakoyiorgis - marimba (9)
John Papattriantafyllou - double bass (9)
Nikos Antipas - drums (10)
Iraklis Vavatsikas - accordion (10)
Spyros Goumas - bouzouki (10)
Nikos Politis - double bass (10)
Yiannis Spathas - acoustic guitar (10)
Sotiris Lemonidis - piano, Hammond organ (13)
Dimitris Hountis - flute, piccolo (14)
Yiannis Papyiannis - oboe, English horn (14)
Nikos Ginos - clarinet (14)
Spyros Kazianis - bassoon (14)
Dimitris Barbagalas - electric guitar (14)

"Fons Musicalis" Vocal Ens., Dir. Kostis Konstantaras (2)
"En Fonais" Vocal Ens. (Fem.), Dir. Alexandras Stoupakis (7)
"En Fonais" Vocal Ens. (Male), Dir. Alexandras Stoupakis (9)
"Ichogenesi Conservatory" Child Choir, Dir. Stella Lessi (9)
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cond. Naiden Todorov (12, 13)
"En Fonais" Vocal Ens., Dir. Alexandras Stoupakis, Agapi Papamitsou - solo soprano (13)


 

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Local Stranger can be purchased from:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

HMV

iTunes

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