Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound

Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound

by Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound
     
 
Here's an example of what a great band can bring out in an artist. Audra Mae's 2010 debut full-length was a lovely yet downbeat and melancholy offering that introduced what seemed to be a reflective, rootsy folk singer with a love of all things Appalachian. Two years later she bursts out of the gate on the follow-up's opening salvo, declaring "baby I'm coming/better

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Here's an example of what a great band can bring out in an artist. Audra Mae's 2010 debut full-length was a lovely yet downbeat and melancholy offering that introduced what seemed to be a reflective, rootsy folk singer with a love of all things Appalachian. Two years later she bursts out of the gate on the follow-up's opening salvo, declaring "baby I'm coming/better ready yourself/be looking for me 'cause I'm the real thing" with the declarative gum-snapping intensity of a Wanda Jackson in her prime. The guitar, bass, and drums lay down an energized backbeat as Mae whips up a sexy lather on a rockabilly rave-up that'll slap you in the face. Kudos to the appropriately named Almighty Sound, who rightly gets co-credit, for goosing her into this whirlwind whose resemblance to the retiring chanteuse of the previous release is but a vague memory. Or perhaps some of the sassy qualities of co-producer/occasional songwriter Deana Carter ("Did I Shave My Legs for This?") rubbed off on her. It's probably a combination of both, but Mae's newfound confidence, especially on swaggering rockers such as the playful "My Little Red Wagon" and the sizzling "Smokin' the Boys" ("taking a drag and making some noise"), driven by a tough walking standup bassline and a reverbed guitar out of the Link Wray handbook makes her a convincing and credible frontwoman who stands toe-to-toe with any leather jacketed tough guy. She even brings a frisky B-52's "Love Shack" rumble to "Jebidiah Moonshine's Friday Night Shack Party," the album's most lighthearted moment. The mood slows somewhat for barroom weeper "Old Italian Love Songs" and the lovely, touching closer "Two Melodies," an example of how effective her voice is in a less aggressive setting. But the majority of these 11 gems are raw, stomping roots rockers played by a terrific band that announces Audra Mae as a talented, inspired newcomer who has largely shaken off the dark, often ominous singer/songwriter introspection and is ready to explode into the spotlight she clearly deserves to bask in.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
Label:
Side One Dummy
UPC:
0603967146820
catalogNumber:
71468
Rank:
77430

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Performance Credits

Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound   Primary Artist
Joel Shearer   Electric Guitar
Deana Carter   Percussion,Background Vocals
Blair Sinta   Drums
Audra Mae   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jodie Schell   Percussion,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Laughs,Tambo Drums
Jarrad Kritzstein   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Ginsberg   Percussion,Vocals,Upright Bass
Frank Pedano   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Vibes
Chelsea Butts   Percussion,Background Vocals
Brent Kyle   Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dan Wilson   Composer
Joel Shearer   Engineer
Deana Carter   Composer,Producer
Julian Emery   Composer
Lucian Piane   Composer
Jackie Tohn   Composer
Jes Hudak   Composer
Jim Irvin   Composer
Audra Mae   Composer,Producer
Jarrad Kritzstein   Composer,Engineer,Pre-production Engineer
Zak Waters   Composer
Allen Stone   Composer
Joe Ginsberg   Composer,Music Direction
Chelsea Butts   Composer
Brent Kyle   Artwork

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