An Invitation

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Taking a break from the Bird and the Bee's retro electronics, Inara George teamed up with family friend Van Dyke Parks to create an album of elegant symphonic pop. An Invitation is the stylish result, with George playing the part of a modern-day jazz singer (she's more Norah Jones than, say, Diana Krall) over layers of strings, flutes, brass, and piano. Given the general lack of percussion, George is required to set her own pace, a challenge she meets with nimble phrasing and rubato delivery. Parks also adapts to his partner, working around her subtle vocals by heaping on the violins and limiting the presence of bright, brassy horns. Even so, An Invitation is nothing if ...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Taking a break from the Bird and the Bee's retro electronics, Inara George teamed up with family friend Van Dyke Parks to create an album of elegant symphonic pop. An Invitation is the stylish result, with George playing the part of a modern-day jazz singer (she's more Norah Jones than, say, Diana Krall) over layers of strings, flutes, brass, and piano. Given the general lack of percussion, George is required to set her own pace, a challenge she meets with nimble phrasing and rubato delivery. Parks also adapts to his partner, working around her subtle vocals by heaping on the violins and limiting the presence of bright, brassy horns. Even so, An Invitation is nothing if not a Parks record; his influence is felt in every measure, every quarter note, and he arguably deserves to share top billing with George. Putting the two on equal ground might've also encouraged more push and pull in the melodies, which often lack the memorable hooks of George's previous work. George and Parks hardly coast along on the strength of their pedigrees, however, and An Invitation fares better as the duo's debut effort rather than George's follow-up to The Bird and the Bee. This is an album for Sunday afternoons, for fans of Frank Sinatra and Aaron Copeland, for sophisticates who want music to soothe their minds rather than demand its full attention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • Label: Everloving
  • UPC: 181220100128
  • Catalog Number: 24
  • Sales rank: 220,439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:21)
  2. 2 Right as Wrong (2:25)
  3. 3 Accidental (3:00)
  4. 4 Bomb (3:17)
  5. 5 Duet (2:36)
  6. 6 Dirty White (2:27)
  7. 7 Idaho (4:03)
  8. 8 Rough Design (3:45)
  9. 9 Tell Me That You Love Me (3:22)
  10. 10 Don't Let It Get You (3:50)
  11. 11 Oh My Love (3:06)
  12. 12 Family Tree (3:00)
  13. 13 Night Happens (1:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Inara George Primary Artist, Vocals
Van Dyke Parks Piano, Accordion, Conductor
Steve Kujala Flute
Sid Page Conductor, Concert Master
Larry Corbett Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Kirstin Fife Violin
Grant Geissman Guitar, Mandolin
Dominic Genova Upright Bass
Don Heffington Percussion
Joe Meyer French Horn
Geoff Nudell Clarinet
Suzanna Giordono Viola
David R. Stone Upright Bass
Becky Bunnell Violin
Songa Lee Violin
Michele Richards Violin
Radu Pieptea Violin
Karen Elaine Viola
Peter Nevin Clarinet
Kimberly Harmon Violin
Amy L. Hershberger Violin
Jamie Pedrini Flute
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Viola
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Michael Andrews Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Bruce Botnick Mastering
Brad Haehnel Engineer
Mike King Illustrations
Inara George Composer
Richard Parks Personal Assistant
Dan Long Engineer
Mike Andrews Composer
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