- Released: March 30, 2009
- Label: EMI France
Record Collector (magazine) - pp.78-794 stars out of 5
-- "[There's] a creeping rework of Soft Machine's 'Why Are We Sleeping,' compounding Ayers' experimental longing at the time..."
- 2.Guru Banana
- 3.City Waltz
- 4.Toujours La Voyage
- 5.Sweet Deceiver
- 6.Diminished But Not Finished
- 7.Circular Letter
- 8.Once Upon an Ocean
- 9.Farewell Again (Another Dawn)
- 10.Didn't Feel Lonely 'til I Thought of You
- 12.Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
- 14.Farewell Again
Personnel includes: Kevin Ayers, Ollie Halsall, Jacob Magnusson, Freddie Smith, John Altman, Elton John, Bias Boshell, Fuzzy Samuels, Chili Charles, Ronnie Eades, Charles Rose, Harrison Calloway Jr., Harvey Thompson, The Manor Chorus.
Recorded at Manor Studios, Shipton on-Cherwell, England.
Personnel: Kevin Ayers (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, mandolin); Ollie Haircut, Ollie Haircut (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, vibraphone, bass guitar); John Altman (clarinet); Charles Ross, Harrison Calloway, Jr., Harvey Thompson, Ronnie Eades (brass); Elton John, Bias Boshell (piano); Fuzzy Samuels (bass guitar); Freddie Smith, Fred Smith (drums, percussion); Chilli Charles (drums).
Audio Mixers: Kevin Ayers; Victor Gamm.
Audio Remasterer: Peter Mew.
Liner Note Author: Mark Powell.
Recording information: Manor Studios.
Author: John Peel.
Illustrators: Tony Wright; Tony Wright.
Sweet Deceiver is one of Kevin Ayers' more mainstream efforts. Any album that has Elton John playing piano on a few tracks can't be too weird. That's not to say, though, that this is exactly mainstream in and of itself. Ayers continues to play his offhandedly charming miniatures, with occasional Caribbean rhythms and trademark droll, bemused lyrics. The problem is that while this has its charm while you're listening, little sticks or incites you to return. By this point in his career, Ayers was in danger of catching on a treadmill, restating his idiosyncratic concerns in familiar ways without amplifying them. ~ Richie Unterberger