Amelita

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Three years on from Court Yard Hounds' eponymous debut, Natalie Maines had returned from her self-imposed silence, touring with Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire as the Dixie Chicks in both 2010 and 2013, but Maines showed no interest in recording new material her 2013 solo debut largely consisted of covers. Robinson and Maguire, in contrast, are very committed to moving forward via Court Yard Hounds, writing a set of 11 new songs -- many penned with Martin Strayer -- and working once again with producer Jim Scott on Amelita, their 2013 sequel to their 2010 debut. Things have changed in Court Yard Hounds' inner world -- notably, Robinson divorced between the two...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Three years on from Court Yard Hounds' eponymous debut, Natalie Maines had returned from her self-imposed silence, touring with Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire as the Dixie Chicks in both 2010 and 2013, but Maines showed no interest in recording new material her 2013 solo debut largely consisted of covers. Robinson and Maguire, in contrast, are very committed to moving forward via Court Yard Hounds, writing a set of 11 new songs -- many penned with Martin Strayer -- and working once again with producer Jim Scott on Amelita, their 2013 sequel to their 2010 debut. Things have changed in Court Yard Hounds' inner world -- notably, Robinson divorced between the two CYH records -- and that's reflected within the very sound of Amelita, which is lighter and livelier than the carefully considered debut. Some of this is due to the production -- there's air here, letting the harmonies and acoustic guitars breathe -- but, strangely enough for a pair of sisters who have played together professionally for nearly a quarter century, the biggest difference is that Court Yard Hounds have developed their own identity. Robinson and Maguire are using the inherent sweetness of their harmonies to their advantage, allowing themselves to have a gentle touch that sometimes is deceptive, as there is a good amount of swagger and even snark hidden underneath that honeyed surface. Here, Court Yard Hounds embrace freedom to be something different than the Dixie Chicks, which also means they're not quite identifying as contemporary country, either. "Phoebe" is a modified bluegrass stomp and "Sunshine" comes streaming in on breezy harmonies, while "Rock All Night" and "Watch Your Step" are anchored in roots rock, but Amelita is, at its heart, an adult pop album and it's a gorgeous one at that: it glides by easily but it digs deep.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837475921
  • Catalog Number: 374759
  • Sales rank: 42,734

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sunshine (3:39)
  2. 2 Amelita (4:11)
  3. 3 The World Smiles (3:24)
  4. 4 Aimless Upward (3:54)
  5. 5 A Guy Like You (3:43)
  6. 6 Rock All Night (3:44)
  7. 7 Phoebe (3:57)
  8. 8 Divided (3:25)
  9. 9 Gets You Down (3:56)
  10. 10 Watch Your Step (3:34)
  11. 11 The Road You Take (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Court Yard Hounds Primary Artist
Bukka Allen Hammond Organ
Audley Freed Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Greg Kurstin Drums, Clavinet, Mellotron
George Reiff Bass, Electric Bass
Fred Eltringham Percussion, Drums
John Ginty Percussion, Piano, Hammond Organ
Emily Robison Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Billy Harvey Electric Guitar
Daniel Clarke Organ, Piano, farfisa organ
Martie Maguire Fiddle, Mandolin, Viola, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Martin Strayer Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Jonatha Brooke Composer
Greg Kurstin Composer, drum programming, Percussion Sampling
Jim Scott Producer, Engineer
David Bett Art Direction
Jim Vollentine Engineer
Emily Robison Composer, Producer
Alex Dezen Composer
Martie Maguire Composer, Producer
Salim Nourallah Composer
Tyler Lyle Composer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Jacob Escobedo Artwork, Illustrations
Martin Strayer Composer
Tony Nobles Instrument Technician
Annabelle Harren Wardrobe Assistant
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    This is one of the best albums I have ever heard!  Well done Cou

    This is one of the best albums I have ever heard!  Well done Court Yard Hounds!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    I have both of the Courtyard Hounds CDs and both are extremely g

    I have both of the Courtyard Hounds CDs and both are extremely good, but I definitely LOVE "Amelita". The title track is my absolute favorite on the CD and Emily's lead vocals are so beautiful to listen to as well as Martie's musicianship and her background vocals. I highly recommend this CD!!

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