Worlds In Collision
Produced by Gil Norton.
Executive producer Stephen Hague.
Mercury Records 9846173
Director's Cut, April 16 2007 cd.
Stereo Review, February 1992
Record of The Year 1991, Editor's Choice Award.
Alan di Perna, Creem, December 1991
The hard, honed glint of well-polished steel... Pop with a difference.
Tom Moon, Spin, December 1991
The most atmospheric, carefully sculpted recording in the band's 13-album catalog... the kind of big-ideas pop songcraft that's painfully absent from 1991's more highly touted efforts.
Howard Hampton, Village Voice, 7/2/91
Takes lush pop melodies and underscores them with austere forbodings... The outward signs of normalization - sing-along choruses, steady rhythms - must pass through Thomas's mouth, where they are reshaped into pleas and laughter, entered into the Ubu Codex like psalms reconstituted from loopy heiroglyphics... fueled by elation pitched at the brink of disaster... The patent incongruities aren't so deeply ingrained in the music - they're casually floating on the surface, easy to miss... Thomas's musings have a generosity that doesn't have much to do with "art," but plenty to do with living. The singer is holding his breath. I suspect he's caught sight of a drowning man and is thinking: How did he get in so deep? Will this rope reach him? Why does he have my face?
Mark Deming, All Music Guide
Not unlike the Velvet Underground's Loaded, Worlds In Collision shows that they could make an album capable of appealing to a broader audience without losing touch with what made them a singular creative force in the first place.
Links and Background:
FAQ concerning Fontana and the re-issues • Lyrics • The singles
Director's Cut 2007:
Original album recorded June 18 to July 8 1990 at Suma, July 21 to August 18 1990 at Wessex Studios, London, and September 15 to 17 1990 and September 25 to 29 at Livingston Studios, London. Some London overdubs engineered by Felix Kendall. Tracking at Suma also engineered by Paul Hamann. Mastered by Tim Young at CBS Studios, London.
Around The Fire, Down By River, Like A Rolling Stone, and Invisible Man were recorded in 1989 at Suma and engineered by Paul Hamann. Mixed September 20-21 1990 by Steve Chase at Mayfair Studios, London. Mastered by Paul Hamann and David Thomas at Suma in January 2007.
Turpentine!, Goodnite Irene, Cry Cry Cry, Life of Riley, Over The Moon, Playback and Nobody Knows were mixed in October 1990 by Gil Norton at The Church, London. Mix engineered by Steve "Barney" Chase.
I Hear They Smoke The Barbecue, Worlds In Collision and Winter In The Firelands were mixed in November and December 1990 by Stephen Hague at RAK Studios and Mayfair Studios, London. Mix engineered by Mike "Spike" Drake.
Don't Look Back was mixed December 15, 1990 by Stephen Hague at RAK Studios, London. Engineered by Bob Kraushaar.
Oh Catherine was mixed December 7-8, 1990 by Dave Bascombe at Townhouse Studios, London.
Mirror Man was mixed November 29, 1990 by Mike "Spike" Drake at Mayfair Studios, London.
All songs written by Feldman - Jones - Krauss - Maimone - Thomas, except Cry Cry Cry, Don't Look Back, Winter In The Firelands, Around The Fire, Down By The River, Like A Rolling Stone, and Invisible Man which are written by Cutler - Feldman - Jones - Krauss - Maimone - Thomas. All songs ©1991 Ubu Projex, administered by Bug Music.
Design by John Thompson/idrome.
Liner notes by David Stubbs.
Original release as Fontana 848 564 in April 1991.
Thanks to Nick Hobbs.
Extras on Mercury Re-issue:
David Thomas - vocals
Jim Jones - guitar, backing vocals
Eric Drew Feldman - keyboards, computers & synthesizers
Tony Maimone - bass
Scott Krauss - drums
Allen Ravenstine plays EML synthesizers on Turpentine!, Life of Riley, Playback and Winter in the Firelands.
Andy Redhead adds percussion on Oh Catherine, Cry Cry Cry, Don't Look Back, Mirror Man, Goodnite Irene, I Hear They Smoke The Barbecue, Life of Riley, Nobody Knows, Over The Moon, Playback and Winter in the Firelands.
John Kirkpatrick plays melodeon on Cry Cry Cry, Over The Moon and Worlds in Collision.
Al Clay adds backing vocals on Don't Look Back, Goodnite Irene, Nobody Knows, Over The Moon and Worlds In Collision.
Susie Honeyman plays violin on Over The Moon.
Gil Norton adds backing vocals in various places.