Khalid Hanifi | Pamplemousse Presse

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Pamplemousse Presse

by Khalid Hanifi

Naturally bittersweet and precisely etched songs, infused with a delicate venom, relying more on strong melody than studio heroics.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Mr Wonderful
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2. When You Wake Up
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3. I'm Gonna Dedicate This One To You
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4. Hard To Believe
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5. Only Human
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6. Truck
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7. Don't Hurry Me
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8. Blues In Diane
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9. July
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10. Idiot Box
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11. Bitter Greens
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12. I Wouldn't Bet The Farm
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13. I Want You To Do Things That I Say
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14. Ruthless
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Pamplemousse Presse" is the first proper solo album by Khalid Hanifi. Khalid has been the driving force for such underrated bands as Map Of The World, Kiss Me Screaming, and Maypops. A masterful popsmith in the vein of Frank Black, Matthew Sweet and Fountains of Wayne, Khalid has been putting words to music for over two decades in the Ann Arbor, MI area.

The album was recorded at Big Sky Recording (Ann Arbor, MI), and produced with lush economy by Khalid and Geoff Michael . Khalid’s songs are tight and concise, relying more on strong melody than studio heroics. This is definitely the logical step to follow Maypops stunning “Spirits Of Agnew”, with Khalid expanding on his considerable classic, yet distinctive, songwriting sensibility. Lyrically, Khalid infuses his ofttimes seemingly light-hearted meditations with triple-thick sarcasm, heart-pounding honesty, and a dollop of wit. Stylistically, songs range from Dixieland shuffle, to surf-twang, to r & b churns, to blues undulation, all the while led by Khalid’s vexatious crooning. Songs like “Don’t Hurry Me” unfold with Black Francis’ progressive grace, while “July” and “Idiot Box” play out like Fountains Of Wayne deep cuts. “Hard To Believe,” “I’m Gonna Dedicate This One To You,” and “I Wouldn’t Bet The Farm” show Khalid teaming up with former Map of the World bandmate (and sibling) Sophia Hanifi, thus proving the Beach Boys formula that family=perfect harmony.

Pamplemousse’s exquisite compositions are expertly rendered by the same rhythm section that anchored Spirits Of Agnew: Vinnie Dombrowski (Sponge, Crud) and his precision kinetic kit work, and Oni Werth, (Map of the World, Kiss Me Screaming, Maypops, Fubar) whose inventive, rock solid foundation has been pulsing under Khalid’s compositions since the days of Map of the World. Jim Carey (Dick Siegel and the Brandos, Fubar) also provides a solid, tasteful back beat on three tracks. Perhaps the most revelatory contribution to the mix is the ultra fine guitar work of George Bedard (George Bedard and the Kingpins), whose playing here ranges from the delicate early jazz melodicism featured on Blues In Diane, to the gut-bucket, menacing slide work that drives Only Human, and many points in between. Chris Benjey, who cut his teeth as a session player at Muscle Shoals under the legendary Barry Beckett, rounds out the lineup with his masterful grand and Wurlitzer electric piano work.

An immersive songwriter’s album from start to finish, "Pamplemousse Presse" is another solid step down a well hewn path by Khalid Hanifi.

Grab your grapefruit juice and have a listen.


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KURTIS R BROWNE

Pamplemousse Presse
Khalid is probably the best pop song writer in the world. This CD is fantastic. These songs belong on everyone's radio!

John Puzzuoli

Great album!
I've been a fan of Khalid Hanifi ever since the days of watching Map Of The World play in the Univ of Michigan Student Union. This lastest release is just as good as all his previous incarnations (Kiss Me Screaming, Maypops). The album is well-produced and is sonically impressive as well. Standout tracks for me are: Idiot Box (in an alternate universe, this would be a Top Ten Single), Wouldn't Bet The Farm, and Only Human, which has one of the catchiest choruses you will likely hear this year.

This is a 14 track album in the old school tradition---meaning every song is good to great. There is no filler here; it's all meat. There's nothing trendy here, just solid songwriting with echoes of everything from the Kinks to Squeeze to the Posies to a rowdier Nick Drake. An added highlight is the reunion (on record) of Khalid with sister Sofia on backing vocals (Sofia being a member of Map Of The World in the 80s).

This cd has been in my car changer for a month now and it only gets better with repeated listening. Highly recommended. And pick up his earlier stuff before it goes out of print!

Brian Fitzgerald

Great Stuff
Khalid as at MSU in 1979-80 and lived on my floor. He got me hooked up with a lot of great music that I never heard of before and now I finally bought some of his stuff. His roommate back then was a better air guitar player. Khalid also displayed tortured logic on why some of the newer bands of that era were actually following in the path of the Stones, Beatles and Who even while claiming they were posers and washed up. Nevertheless, this is a supeior album that I play at work, home and in the car. I definitely hear the influences listed by the previous reviewers but he has a very unique sound.

Nick Piunti

Pop perfection
Khalid Hanifi\'s \"first\" solo album is fourteen songs of crafted pop played by a very talented team of musicians. Expertly produced by Geoff Michael at Big Sky Recording, Ann Arbor,(Not that Geoff needs a plug, try booking a session with him. Very busy!) Khalid\'s songs are organically lush, dripping with wit. And you have to love the beautiful harmonies of Sophia, the sound of the Wurlitzer, George Bedard\'s superb six string, and don\'t forget Vinnie or Oni. Enough already, Go buy \"Pamplemousse Presse.\" Never has grapefruit sounded so sweet.