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Anonymous
     

Anonymous

by Kieran McGee
 
With Anonymous, his third disc, Kieran McGee shakes off the teen prodigy shackles and steps up as a fully realized artist. Though he's captured on the cover still looking very much like the skinny 15 year old who wowed the No Depression crowd with his 1997 release Left for Dead, a close listen yields a lesson in alt-country progression; in McGee's

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With Anonymous, his third disc, Kieran McGee shakes off the teen prodigy shackles and steps up as a fully realized artist. Though he's captured on the cover still looking very much like the skinny 15 year old who wowed the No Depression crowd with his 1997 release Left for Dead, a close listen yields a lesson in alt-country progression; in McGee's case it's in a Rolling Stones-the Band direction. Musical leaps like "Odessa" and "Quiet" are notable for their languid bite, and more than one track shiftily calls to mind Jerry Garcia in his banjo-picking, Old and in the Way incarnation. Wilco and Ryan Adams also might have been spinning in McGee's CD changer -- or at least in his head -- as he entered the studio. Inspired songwriting (sample lyric: "Hope is a hungry game we play/We lose it every time that we wish for something we can't have") and bump-free vocals aside, though, McGee can't claim sole credit for the unassailably done-right sound of Anonymous. Helping on songs throughout the 13-song disc are Ollabelle's Amy Helm; her father, the legendary Levon Helm; and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
EL DIABLO ESPANA
UPC:
0883157000228
catalogNumber:
2

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Performance Credits

Kieran McGee   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Vibes,farfisa organ
Levon Helm   Mandolin,Drums,Vocals
Steve Rosenthal   Tambourine,Shaker
Steve Shelley   Drums
Jimi Zhivago   Organ,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer,Hi String,Moog Bass
Sean Costello   Electric Guitar
Amy Helm   Vocals
Byron Isaacs   Bass,Vocals
Tony Leone   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Jeremiah Lockwood   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Rosenthal   Producer
Kieran McGee   Composer
Thomas Smith   Artwork
Juan Bautista Sánchez García   Engineer
Matt Boynton   Engineer
Christopher Walsh   Engineer

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