DRIVE is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files.
Personnel: Bic Runga (vocals, guitar, mellotron, xylophone); Matt Wallace (guitar, percussion, background vocals); Andrew Thorne (guitar, background vocals); Gary Verberne (guitar); Kate Walshe (violin); Sally-Anne Brown (cello); Sarah Yates (strings); Duncan Haynes (Rhodes); Malcolm Smith (keyboards, samples); Aaron McDonald, Davey Fargher (bass); Wayne Bell (drums, percussion); Josh Freese (drums); Jay Foulkes (percussion); Paul Casserly (samples); Peter Asher, Boh Runga (background vocals).
Engineers: Simon Sheridan, Chris Van De Geer, Matt Wallace.
Recorded at Revolver Studios and York Street Studios, Auckland, New Zealand; Brooklyn Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Audio Mixers: Tom Banghart; Matt Wallace .
Recording information: Brooklyn Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Revolver Studios, Auckland, New Zealand; York Street Studios, Auckland, New Zealand.
Photographer: Cindy Wilson.
Arranger: Bic Runga.
New Zealand export Bic Runga not only wrote everything on her debut, Drive, but also played guitar and xylophone, and even served as producer. The result is a lovely first effort that hints at greater things to come. Using her engaging, childlike voice to full effect, Runga mostly ruminates on love lost and found, all within the confines of intelligent adult alternative pop. The arrangements are often sparse, as on "Drive," the violin-laced "Bursting Through," and "Suddenly Strange." She changes the pace a bit on the hypnotic "Swim," with Andrew Thorne adding some edgy guitar, and the country-tinged "Roll into One," a plea for a lover to make his move. ~ Tom Demalon
Entertainment Weekly (8/7/98, p.78) - "...DRIVE veers, often beguilingly, between delicately sung acoustic dreaminess and edgy-but-not-angry guitar pop..." - Rating: B