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When Thirst For Romance (Simon Aldred’s debut album as Cherry Ghost) arrived in July
2007, it sounded out of step with so much of its musical surroundings – a world of X Factor winners and Favourite Worst Nightmares; Umbrellas and In Rainbows.
Simon’s album came from a different place to everything else – it was a soul record, in so much as it was from the soul, and about the human soul. And it was a proudly Northern record – a fact celebrated in the sound of Simon’s voice and the people and places that populated his songs. While the music might have evoked glorious vistas and wide open spaces, the view here was very much the post-industrial North. Fifteen years after its release, Thirst For Romance musically sounds out of time, while Simon’s lyrics resonate more deeply now more than ever.
Thirst For Romance was co-produced by Simon Aldred and Dan Austin. The album’s glorious breakout track People Help The People – a prescient call for hope and empathy – gained a second life when covered by the artist Birdy. Doves frontman Jimi Goodwin plays drums on Mathematics and People Help The People.
Jeff Barrett on Cherry Ghost: “I saw Simon playing live and I loved it. I really loved it. It pushed all my Southern Soul buttons but it was coming via Bolton. He was singing blue collar love songs really in a similar way to how someone like Dan Penn sang them about the south. He was just singing about the north of England and painting these great pictures of Northern working class life and delivering them with this brilliant voice. After the show I hogged him, I didn’t want to let him out of my sight.”
Simon Aldred on Thirst For Romance: When I was writing the songs that became Thirst For Romance, I was very introspective, and finding Manchester claustrophobic. The light, the slate grey skies… it felt like there was a lid on it. And on me. The scope of the music I was writing made it easier for me to breathe. It allowed me to stretch my imagination and reach for something more.
1. Thirst For Romance
3. Mountain Bird
1. People Help The People
3. Dead Man’s Suit
1. Alfred The Great
2. Here Come The Romans
3. False Alarm
1. Mary On The Mend