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While Mary Chapin Carpenter enjoyed an impressive run of hits on the country charts during the '90s, it was always clear that she was a folk-influenced singer/songwriter who found a way to co-exist with Nashville rather than an artist whose first goal was landing singles on country radio. Now that Carpenter has left the major labels, she seems more than willing to let the country side of her musical personality fade, and her 11th studio album, 2010's The Age of Miracles, is a literate and thoughtful set of songs that speak to the concerns of the heart and soul with equal portions of compassion and intelligence. The audience that made "Down at the Twist and Shout" and "Shut ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While Mary Chapin Carpenter enjoyed an impressive run of hits on the country charts during the '90s, it was always clear that she was a folk-influenced singer/songwriter who found a way to co-exist with Nashville rather than an artist whose first goal was landing singles on country radio. Now that Carpenter has left the major labels, she seems more than willing to let the country side of her musical personality fade, and her 11th studio album, 2010's The Age of Miracles, is a literate and thoughtful set of songs that speak to the concerns of the heart and soul with equal portions of compassion and intelligence. The audience that made "Down at the Twist and Shout" and "Shut Up and Kiss Me" chart favorites aren't likely to embrace The Age of Miracles, but as a personal work, it's as affecting as anything she's ever cut, and one of her most lyrically ambitious sets to date. While "I Put My Ring Back On" is an honest and moving testimony of the ways love can ebb and flow, "I Have a Need for Solitude" is just as compelling in its demand for love on one's own terms, and both have more to say about how relationships work in the real word than you're likely to hear on any other album from 2010. "Mrs. Hemingway" is a lovely, nuanced bit of storytelling, while "4 June, 1989," told from the perspective of a young Chinese soldier ordered to clear the protesters from Tiananmen Square, puts a fresh and deeply human twist on a story we imagine we already know. Carpenter produced the album in collaboration with Matt Rollings, and the album's approach is subtle, with the musicians showing respect for the dynamics of the arrangements and supporting Carpenter's gentle but assured vocals, rather than drowning them out. Mary Chapin Carpenter doesn't sound especially concerned with how much product she'll move on The Age of Miracles; instead, she's made an album that speaks with honesty and clarity about the mysteries of love and fate, and she communicates well enough that it's hard to imagine anyone who has ever thought about the ways life can turn on a dime not being moved by the beauty of this music. [The Barnes & Noble edition featured a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • UPC: 601143113727
  • Catalog Number: 431137

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Traveled So Far - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:27)
  2. 2 Zephyr - Mary Chapin Carpenter (3:34)
  3. 3 I Put My Ring Back On - Mary Chapin Carpenter (2:45)
  4. 4 Holding Up the Sky - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:48)
  5. 5 4 June 1989 - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:47)
  6. 6 I Was a Bird - Mary Chapin Carpenter (3:26)
  7. 7 Mrs. Hemingway - Mary Chapin Carpenter (5:59)
  8. 8 I Have a Need for Solitude - Mary Chapin Carpenter (3:43)
  9. 9 What You Look For - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:08)
  10. 10 Iceland - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:44)
  11. 11 The Age of Miracles - Mary Chapin Carpenter (4:32)
  12. 12 The Way I Feel - Mary Chapin Carpenter (3:20)
  13. 13 All the Sad Songs - Mary Chapin Carpenter (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Chapin Carpenter Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Alison Krauss Vocal Harmony
Matt Rollings Piano, Harmonium, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Duke Levine Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandola
Eric Darken Percussion, Vibes
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Vince Gill Vocal Harmony
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Drums, Shaker
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Mac McAnally Background Vocals
Glenn Worf Bass, Double Bass
Kat Maslich-Bode Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Matt Rollings Producer
Mary Chapin Carpenter Composer, Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Laszlo Kubinyi Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Consistent Mary

    Age of Miracles is another consistent winner from Mary Chapin Carpenter. I have always enjoyed her style of music, her lyrics, and the underlying spirit of her gift. When I first bought it and played it at work, it was a pleasant background. I spent more time really listening to it in my car and at home and have grown to enjoy it even more. Mary somehow always gets to the heart of things - the way it really is in life. there's always that feeling of "yea, that's it!" If you enjoy Mary Chapin Carpenter, you will not be disappointed with this release.

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    Love it on my walk makes time go!!!!!

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