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Age of Miracles

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
For his seventh album, Chuck Prophet updates the all-over-the-map quality that made Green on Red's early albums so bracing. Age of Miracles is rooted in the same country and folk influences as Prophet's other solo albums, but Prophet and co-producer Eric Drew Feldman add a quasi-psychedelic haze and some distinct blues riffs to the mix. The title track, for example, combines a Neil Young-style country-rock tune with a prominent string section playing a woozy high-register part, a funky wah-wah guitar riff that appears to be playing at half speed for full lysergic atmosphere, and a vocal part from Prophet's wife and musical partner, Stephanie Finch the Emmylou Harris to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
For his seventh album, Chuck Prophet updates the all-over-the-map quality that made Green on Red's early albums so bracing. Age of Miracles is rooted in the same country and folk influences as Prophet's other solo albums, but Prophet and co-producer Eric Drew Feldman add a quasi-psychedelic haze and some distinct blues riffs to the mix. The title track, for example, combines a Neil Young-style country-rock tune with a prominent string section playing a woozy high-register part, a funky wah-wah guitar riff that appears to be playing at half speed for full lysergic atmosphere, and a vocal part from Prophet's wife and musical partner, Stephanie Finch the Emmylou Harris to his Gram Parsons, that's so high it's almost audible only to dogs. Similarly, the opening "Automatic Blues" has a swampy, creepy atmosphere that recalls Feldman's former employer Captain Beefheart, and the downright odd "You Did Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp" has a trippy electronic sheen and an unexpected rapped chorus. In this context, songs like the more traditionally minded "West Memphis Moon" are the ones that sound out of place! However, the combination of country twang and psychedelic weirdness works more often than not, and it makes a nice change from Prophet's recent albums, which were starting to sound a bit formulaic. It's not as big a change as Wilco made with Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but Age of Miracles has a similar restless quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396606221
  • Catalog Number: 6062
  • Sales rank: 56,235

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Prophet Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Harpsichord, Tom-Tom, Vocals, Tres, Lap Steel Guitar, Shortwave Radio, Guitar (Baritone), Bullhorn
Ralph Carney Horn
Jim Bogios Percussion, Drums
Bonnie Vocals
Max Butler Pedal Steel Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Davey Faragher Bass, Bass Guitar
Eric Drew Feldman Piano, Moog Synthesizer
Rick Holmstrom Guitar
Mark Pistel ARP
Michael Urbano Drums
Winston Watson Drums, Triangle
David Trumfio Vocals
CVS Vocals
Steve Mugalian Drums
Bridget Vocals
Stephanie Finch Organ, Vocals, Vox Jaguar
Marc Pisapia Drums
Jerry Flowers Bass
Atom Ellis Bass, Bass Guitar
Valerie Vocals
Danny McGough Organ
James "Hags" Haggerty Bass
Paul Rhodes Cello
Jacob Valenzuela Trumpet
Jason Borger Synthesizer, Glockenspiel, Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer, Wurlitzer, Casio, Vox Continental
Ellen Gronningen Violin, Viola
Trisha McGovern Violin
Jeffrey Luck Lucas Cello
Technical Credits
Chuck Prophet Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Eric Drew Feldman Producer, Audio Production
Roger Moutenot Engineer
Mark Pistel Programming, Echoplex
David Trumfio Engineer
Stephanie Finch Contributor
Craig Schumacher Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Michael Krassner Engineer
William Eggleston Cover Photo
Glen Engineer
Mike Prosenko Art Direction
Jason Borger String Arrangements
Justin Phelps Engineer
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