After Hours

After Hours

by Al Anderson
     
 

On his first solo album in a decade, venerable NRBQ guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Big Al Anderson delivers the goods -- exquisite melodies, laid-back rhythms, a mellow vibe, and direct lyrics with a wry twist, all delivered in a voice smooth as honey. And while lately he's become one of country music's most sought-after tunesmiths, penning hitsSee more details below

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On his first solo album in a decade, venerable NRBQ guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Big Al Anderson delivers the goods -- exquisite melodies, laid-back rhythms, a mellow vibe, and direct lyrics with a wry twist, all delivered in a voice smooth as honey. And while lately he's become one of country music's most sought-after tunesmiths, penning hits for Delbert McClinton, Carlene Carter, the Mavericks, and Trisha Yearwood, After Hours is largely designed for saloon swooning in the wee small hours. He sets the tone with the pop-torch tune "Love Make a Fool of Me," which would be right at home in any piano bar, with brush drums, flutes, piano, tasty pedal steel moans, and Anderson crooning seductively and wondrously about falling head over heels -- and loving every minute of it. On the gently shuffling pop blues "Do Nothing Day," his co-writer Sharon Vaughn takes a sultry, languid lead vocal on a tune driven by a small, jazz-conversant combo featuring piano, stand-up bass, vibes, sax, and flute. Anderson displays a raft of soulful stylings, all beautifully realized, from the lively western swing toe-tapper "Blues About You Baby" to the moody introspection in the stark, folk-flavored plea "Movin' into the Light" and a delicious bit of Dr. John-style N'awlins come-ons in "Let's Get Away for the Weekend" (with a trombone-trumpet-clarinet section that's having a lot of fun blowing cool and sexy). After Hours is a real gem, one of this year's real keepers.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Al Anderson has been playing rock & roll for close to four decades now, so who could blame him if he wanted to take a break from the stuff for a little while? Still best known for his long tenure as the genius guitar picker with NRBQ and now doing business as a successful Nashville tunesmith, Anderson shows off his passion for jazz, Western swing, acoustic country, and smooth ballad crooning on After Hours, and though anyone expecting a replay of the barrelhouse roots rock of 1996's Pay Before You Pump is going to be disappointed, this collection of "Big Al, the Moonlight and You" is a thoroughly pleasurable listen. Given the laid-back nature of the material, Anderson's guitar work is subtle on most of these tunes, but he's solidly in the pocket throughout, and gets to show off a bit on snappy numbers such as "Blues About You Baby," and the songs give him a chance to focus on the romantic and personal side of his lyrical muse, especially on "Trip Around the Sun" and "Another Place I Don't Belong." And if Anderson's vocals confirm he's not exactly Sinatra, he's never less than heartfelt, and he brings a natural warmth to "Love Make a Fool of Me," "Better Word for Love," and "Let's Get Away for the Weekend" that's genuinely winning and fits the material perfectly. After Hours is something of an unexpected detour for Al Anderson, but it collects some fine songs played with skill and soul by a master musician, and in that respect it's in the best tradition of Big Al's work, and fans will enjoy this look at his softer side.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2006
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0828767881027
catalogNumber:
78810
Rank:
358152

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anderson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Yasha Anderson   Indexed Contributor
Scott Baggett   Percussion,Background Vocals
Jeff Batter   Piano
Richard Bennett   Electric Guitar
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Piano
Jim Hoke   Clarinet,Flute,Harmonica,Piano,Saxophone,Vibes
Greg Morrow   Drums
Russ Pahl   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kim Richey   Harmony
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle,Violin
Neal Rosengarden   Trumpet
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Julia Tanner   Cello
Sharon Vaughn   Vocals
Glenn Worf   Electric Bass,String Bass
Reese Wynans   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Roy Agee   Trombone
Tia Sillers   Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Denise Baker   Violin
Jim Russo   Drums
Austin Hoke   Cello

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Fred Koller   Composer
Anderson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Scott Baggett   Producer,Engineer
Stephen Bruton   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Jim Hoke   Composer,Flute Arrangement
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Miles Zuniga   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Jim Russo   Engineer
Casey Wood   Engineer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Luellyn Latocki   Art Direction

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