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Milk Roulette

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Milk Roulette
Milk Roulette


Milk Roulette is Charlie Dore's 8th album and despite its non-sequitous title, follows births, marriages and deaths as its theme. Her most personal album to date includes songs about IVF, Pheromones, her father's game of Milk Roulette, a protest song about downloading and a piano piece written by Charlie's mother, aged just 6 years old and discovered 80 years later. Recorded at home on two expensive mics, but otherwise as cheaply as decently possible with her co-producer-writer-schoolfriend Julian Littman, the album also features three members of Charlie's live band, The Hula Valley Orchestra; Dudley Phillips and Gareth Huw Davies on double bass and Jake Walker on viola and violin. As ever, this is a home-grown project with Julian on guitar, mandolin, Dobro, piano and percussion (suitcase and housekeys). Charlie plays Indian harmonium, piano, ukulele and autoharp. Other ambient sounds that may be heard on a closer listen include a snoring dog (Ash, Julian's late friend) and lapping water (a record-breakingly long drink of water from Woody, Charlie's Irish Terrier during an otherwise perfectly good take.) The album also includes a guest appearance by Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow on 'Three A Penny' an almost acappella protest about cheap downloading, narrated by the service providers. Charlie says, 'I'm a huge fan of O'Hooley &Tidow. I love their songs and the way their voices blend and I was knocked out that they were up for joining us'. Old friend Reg Meuross and new friend Jess Vincent were also hijacked on their way home from a gig and lent their voices to Best Man For The Job, while the man behind the album design, Tom Climpson was co-opted to make his first ever appearance on record, singing bass. Charlie says,'He's very shy of microphones, but he sings like Bing.'


  1. Name
  2. All These Things
  3. Looking Like My Mother, Acting Like My Dad
  4. Born Yesterday
  5. Firewater
  6. Milk Roulette
  7. Best Man For The Job
  8. Stare You Down
  9. Three A Penny
  10. Please Don't Let Me Be Promoted
  11. Cradle Song
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