3 Pears

3 Pears

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by Dwight Yoakam
     
 

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 theSee more details below

Overview

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:
09/18/2012
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624949251
catalogNumber:
531777
Rank:
2498

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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
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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