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Back To Love
     

Back To Love

by Beth Nielsen Chapman
 

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Chapman calls Back to Love her return to pop music, and while it does have some pop studio sheen on it, Chapman's never been a writer known for cheap sentiment or throwaway rhymes, or as a singer known for her bright commercial outlook. So while Back to Love does contain a few tunes like "More Than

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Chapman calls Back to Love her return to pop music, and while it does have some pop studio sheen on it, Chapman's never been a writer known for cheap sentiment or throwaway rhymes, or as a singer known for her bright commercial outlook. So while Back to Love does contain a few tunes like "More Than Love" and "Even As It All Goes By," which sound like they could be mainstream hits, her songs tend to deal with love in a more realistic, adult manner than your average radio-ready pop ditty. There's a deep emotional intelligence and an almost religious tone shining through every lyric. Even on a song called "Happiness" she's wise enough to balance the giddy dance of new love with the hard-earned wisdom of the soul's darkest moments. Her acoustic guitar plays a simple, affecting folk melody to support a lyric full of brightness and despair. "Shadows" is an intimate ballad that explores the bittersweet moments when the thought of a past love is all that stands between your heart and the darkness. Her vocal here is heartbreaking. "I Need You Love" shows off Chapman's striking command of language by combining a simple, folky tune with kaleidoscopic images that tumble through the air like colorful autumn leaves that suggest both the coming winter and the promise of another spring. While most of the songs are tempered by the reality of love's limitations, Chapman does have moments when she cuts loose to dive deeply into love's jubilation. "Hallelujah" is not the Leonard Cohen song, but a co-write with Darrell Scott, another longtime Nashville pro. He contributes slide guitar and backing vocals to an almost religious expression. Scott plays a short slide solo, in the manner of George Harrison, to bring the tune to an ebullient conclusion. "I Can See Me Loving You" features Chapman on bouzouki with Scott again supplying harmonies. It's bluegrass with a hint of pop, full of the flush of new love. The tune with the most hit potential is "More Than Love," a stomping country-rocker with a syncopated backbeat that brings to mind the handclap rhythms of a '60s girl group single. Danny Flowers supplies the tune's sharp electric guitar fills.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0898161001253
catalogNumber:
876124

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Performance Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Primary Artist,Organ,Bouzouki,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Michael McDonald   Piano
Martin Allcock   Bass
David Angell   Violin
Benmont Tench   Piano
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Victor Caldwell   Bass
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Craig Krampf   Percussion,Drums
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Carl Marsh   Conductor
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Phil Cunningham   Box
Annie Roboff   Wurlitzer
John Ragusa   Trumpet,Piccolo
Wei Tsun Chang   Violin
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Carrie Bailey   Violin
Danny Flowers   Guitar,12-string Guitar,Telecaster
Erin Hall   Violin
Felix Wang   Cello
Sari Reist   Cello
Brian Pruitt   Percussion,Drums
Zeneba Bowers   Violin
Carolyn Huebel   Violin
Gary Malkin   Piano
Dave Polmeroy   Bass
Joe Murphy   Trombone,Tuba,Euphonium
Janet Darnall   Violin
Pam Sixfin   Violin

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Piano Engineer
Michael McDonald   Composer
Benmont Tench   Composer
Gary Cirimelli   Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Carl Marsh   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Adam Muñoz   Vocal Engineer,Piano Engineer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Phil Cunningham   Whistle
Annie Roboff   Composer,Producer
Andrew Scheps   Vocal Engineer,Piano Engineer
Karen Winkelmann   String Contractor
Danny Flowers   Composer
Greg Strizek   Engineer
Heather Sturm   Engineer
Judith Burrows   Art Direction

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