Back in the Circus

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Beginning with her days as half of the Story, Jonatha Brooke has been a literate, sophisticated songwriter, willing to challenge herself and to experiment while never losing sight of the need to craft a solid hook. On Back in the Circus, her third studio album as a solo artist, Brooke matches her intimate vocals with computer-based production: Many of the songs use programmed beats, and some, such as "Sleeping with the Light On," veer into Beth Orton–like electronica. But like Suzanne Vega's 99.9° F., Back in the Circus is warmly personal rather than coldly mechanical. The title track sets a mix of accordion, keyboards, and acoustic guitar to a lilting waltz, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Beginning with her days as half of the Story, Jonatha Brooke has been a literate, sophisticated songwriter, willing to challenge herself and to experiment while never losing sight of the need to craft a solid hook. On Back in the Circus, her third studio album as a solo artist, Brooke matches her intimate vocals with computer-based production: Many of the songs use programmed beats, and some, such as "Sleeping with the Light On," veer into Beth Orton–like electronica. But like Suzanne Vega's 99.9° F., Back in the Circus is warmly personal rather than coldly mechanical. The title track sets a mix of accordion, keyboards, and acoustic guitar to a lilting waltz, appropriately evocative of the "small town, big top" that is the song's setting. By covering James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" and Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows," Brooke puts her own songs in some heady company, but they don't disappoint. Witness the wordplay that begins "Better After All": "I am trying to read your mind / We have stopped to smell the roses / I am trying not lose mine / The roses or my mind." Back in the Circus finds Brooke stretching, and it's quite a feat when she closes the album by turning Alan Parsons' schlock ballad "Eye in the Sky" into something sincere and unpretentious.
Tracks - Catherine Wise
A winsome collection of songs with a hint of country.... Brooke puts on quite a show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Bad Dog Records
  • UPC: 670516020429
  • Catalog Number: 60204
  • Sales rank: 165,735

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonatha Brooke Primary Artist
Technical Credits
James Taylor Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Eric Bazilian Composer
Jonatha Brooke Composer
Eric Woolfson Composer
Alan Parsons Composer
Tony Asher Composer
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