3 Pears

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Dwight Yoakam effectively went into hibernation after the release Blame the Vain in 2005. He spent some time acting and playing shows, releasing an excellent Buck Owens tribute in 2007, but he shied away from original material for a full seven years, and when he re-emerged in 2012 with 3 Pears, it was to return to the Warner group after spending the 2000s as an independent artist. Oddly enough, 3 Pears feels more indie than anything he's cut in the new millennium, and not just because he's enlisted alt-rocker Beck as a producer for a pair of tracks. Yoakam, who produced the bulk of the album on his own, has decided to delve deeply into the spirit of the '60s, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Dwight Yoakam effectively went into hibernation after the release Blame the Vain in 2005. He spent some time acting and playing shows, releasing an excellent Buck Owens tribute in 2007, but he shied away from original material for a full seven years, and when he re-emerged in 2012 with 3 Pears, it was to return to the Warner group after spending the 2000s as an independent artist. Oddly enough, 3 Pears feels more indie than anything he's cut in the new millennium, and not just because he's enlisted alt-rocker Beck as a producer for a pair of tracks. Yoakam, who produced the bulk of the album on his own, has decided to delve deeply into the spirit of the '60s, looking beyond Bakersfield and adding some serious swatches of pop color throughout the album. Certainly, this is steeped in the thick twang that's been at the heart of Yoakam's music since the start, but he's attempting more sounds and styles here than at anytime since 1993's This Time. This is an album where one song in no way predicts what comes next: it opens with "Take Hold of My Hand," a song propelled by a percolating bass hook reminiscent of Motown, then the album eases into the cool reflective groove of "Waterfall," a song that's a significant tonal shift from its predecessor. By the time the swinging, ringing "A Heart Like Mine," the first Beck co-production, arrives, Dwight has dabbled with sweet soul ("Trying"), laid-back into some straight-ahead rock & roll ("Nothing But Love"), and turned the honky tonk standard "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" into a cowpunk raver that kicks harder than anything he's done since Guitars, Cadillacs Etc. Etc. By the time 3 Pears draws to its conclusion with a voice-and-piano rendition of "Long Way to Go" -- performed earlier in a lighter-hearted full band version -- Yoakam has surprised by digging deeper into every one of his obsessions, creating a record that captures the careening, adventurous spirit of the '60s without ever feeling doggedly retro. It's as fresh as any music he's ever made, and one of his very best albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624949251
  • Catalog Number: 531777
  • Sales rank: 7,527

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take Hold of My Hand (3:43)
  2. 2 Waterfall (3:37)
  3. 3 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (3:43)
  4. 4 Trying (2:55)
  5. 5 Nothing But Love (3:04)
  6. 6 It's Never Alright (4:09)
  7. 7 A Heart Like Mine (3:58)
  8. 8 Long Way To Go (3:50)
  9. 9 Missing Heart (4:34)
  10. 10 3 Pears (2:46)
  11. 11 Rock It All Away (4:20)
  12. 12 Long Way To Go (Reprise) (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dwight Yoakam Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat Violin
David Campbell Conductor
Jonathan Clark Bass, Background Vocals
Marc DeSisto Hand Clapping
Jason Falkner Bass, Electric Guitar
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Mitch Marine Drums
Joe Meyer French Horn
Kevin Mills Tambourine
Joey Waronker Percussion, Drums
Suzie Katayama Cello
Darrin McCann Viola
Steve Moore Guitar
Chris Gray Trumpet
Martin Cooke Tambourine
Eddie Perez Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Richards Cello
Cassidy Turbin Drums, Hand Clapping
Brian Whelan Organ, Bass, Piano, Steel Guitar, Harmonium, Keyboards, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar, Wurlitzer
Beck Hansen Hand Clapping
Cole Marsden Bass
Raul Mischief Hand Clapping
Grief Neill Bass
Doyle Hargraves Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Joe Maphis Composer
Dwight Yoakam Composer, Producer
Rose Lee Maphis Composer
David Campbell String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer, Additional Production
Marc DeSisto Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Lenny Waronker Executive Producer
Wayne Brezinka Illustrations, Cover Art, Cover Photo
Ken Sluiter Engineer
Max Fidler Composer
Darrell Thorp Engineer
Steve Moore Engineer
Katherine Petillo Art Direction
Ashley Monroe Composer
Cassidy Turbin Engineer
Laura McCorkindale Management
Robert Ritchie Composer
Beck Hansen Producer
Lindsey Farwell Office Coordinator
Jonathan Levine Booking
Cole Marsden Engineer
Kelli Cashiola Haywood Management
Justin Barton Grimley Drum Technician
Grief Neill Engineer
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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Really like this cd. I had never really listened to him before,

    Really like this cd. I had never really listened to him before, but I heard his interview on NPR and really liked one of his singles. I was never a big country music fan, but I really like Johnny Cash and a couple of Dolly Parton songs. I'm more of a Lyle Lovett/Steep Canyon Rangers fan.
    I'm going to check out 2 more of Dwight's cds.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    "3 Pears" is AWESOME! Every track is a Dwightful exper

    "3 Pears" is AWESOME! Every track is a Dwightful experience! Anyone familiar with Dwight knows how diverse he can be and his talent shines thru on this one! If you don't have it yet, I definitely recommend it!

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