A Pocketful of Rain

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It's easy to raise expectations too high after reading all of the nice things critics have written about Michael Fracasso. On his fifth album, A Pocketful of Rain, the singer/songwriter, rock & roller, and pop tunesmith offers up a dozen songs in his clear, emotive tenor. He's joined by an impressive guest list including vocalists Patty Griffin and Eliza Gilkyson, and a revolving group of supporting musicians including bassist George Reiff and drummer Rob Sanchez. One of the strongest cuts is the opener, "All or Nothing," a spare lament beautifully sung against the backdrop of acoustic guitar and a steady bass. Griffin's harmony here and elsewhere adds another ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It's easy to raise expectations too high after reading all of the nice things critics have written about Michael Fracasso. On his fifth album, A Pocketful of Rain, the singer/songwriter, rock & roller, and pop tunesmith offers up a dozen songs in his clear, emotive tenor. He's joined by an impressive guest list including vocalists Patty Griffin and Eliza Gilkyson, and a revolving group of supporting musicians including bassist George Reiff and drummer Rob Sanchez. One of the strongest cuts is the opener, "All or Nothing," a spare lament beautifully sung against the backdrop of acoustic guitar and a steady bass. Griffin's harmony here and elsewhere adds another layer to the mix, intertwining with Fracasso to create a moving blend of voices that perfectly underlines the emotion of the song. Other strong cuts include "Devil's Deal," with Griffin providing a bluesy undercurrent to Fracasso's high lead, and the title cut, a catchy bit of pop. The only small complaint is that the album notes and lyrics are difficult to read on A Pocketful of Rain, which, since singer/songwriter lyrics are important, is a bit irritating. But Fracasso gets the musical portion of the program right, so all else will be forgiven. Fans and singer/songwriter aficionados will want to pick up a copy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Texas Music Group
  • UPC: 049891401428
  • Catalog Number: 4014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All or Nothing (4:10)
  2. 2 Pocketful of Rain (3:18)
  3. 3 KC (3:45)
  4. 4 Devil's Deal (4:04)
  5. 5 Loretta (3:01)
  6. 6 Turned You Down (3:50)
  7. 7 Ragamuffin Blues (2:49)
  8. 8 Whiskey Mother (3:25)
  9. 9 Mean Ol' Place (3:55)
  10. 10 Hungry (3:55)
  11. 11 Silver Spoon (4:26)
  12. 12 Shoot'n for Love (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Fracasso Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, national steel guitar
Eliza Gilkyson Group Member
Beaver Nelson Vocals
Patty Griffin Vocals, Group Member
Mark Hallman Vocals
Mark Patterson Drums
George Reiff Bass
Mac McNabb Organ, Mandolin, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Brian Standefer Cello
Eamon McLoughlin Violin
Robbie Sanchez Drums
Technical Credits
Charlie Sexton Arranger
Michael Fracasso Composer, Producer, Engineer
Mark Hallman Composer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Mac McNabb Engineer
Leslie Gail Brooks Engineer
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