And Then He Woke Up

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rod MacDonald radiates romantic contentment on his fifth album, opening with "Happy All the Time," in which he accedes to the wishes of his "girl [who] told me she'd had enough/of all my songs about losing love." Instead, he sings of finding love, notably in "On Any Old Sunday," which recounts his parents' first meeting, and of experiencing it in such songs as "I Can't Believe How Good You've Been to Me" and "Love for All Seasons." Of course, it isn't just that MacDonald's earlier songs were about losing love, it's that they adopted an outsider's stance, whereas the author of "Out in the Country," a reminiscence of youth, seems much more reconciled to the world. But ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rod MacDonald radiates romantic contentment on his fifth album, opening with "Happy All the Time," in which he accedes to the wishes of his "girl [who] told me she'd had enough/of all my songs about losing love." Instead, he sings of finding love, notably in "On Any Old Sunday," which recounts his parents' first meeting, and of experiencing it in such songs as "I Can't Believe How Good You've Been to Me" and "Love for All Seasons." Of course, it isn't just that MacDonald's earlier songs were about losing love, it's that they adopted an outsider's stance, whereas the author of "Out in the Country," a reminiscence of youth, seems much more reconciled to the world. But lest we think that love has made for a de-fanged MacDonald, he also includes several biting topical songs, notably "The Last Train to Pontiac," which criticizes the electorate for voting the Republicans in, and "Who Built the Bomb That Blew Oklahoma City Down?," which pins the blame on everyone from talk show hosts to action movie stars. As usual, MacDonald deftly mixes musical styles from blues to Celtic folk and sings his ample melodies in a smooth, crooning tenor sometimes reminiscent of Don McLean. On And Then He Woke Up, MacDonald has mellowed without losing his edge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1997
  • Label: Gadfly
  • UPC: 076605222420
  • Catalog Number: 224
  • Sales rank: 339,142

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod MacDonald Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Greg Anderson Bass
Mark Dann Synthesizer, Guitar
Lisa Gutkin Violin
Steve Holley Drums
Technical Credits
Rod MacDonald Producer, Cover Design
Greg Anderson Producer
Mark Dann Producer
Nicole Hitz-MacDonald Cover Design
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