Back to Love

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Bnc Records
  • UPC: 626570608301
  • Catalog Number: 706083
  • Sales rank: 54,334

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hallelujah (4:14)
  2. 2 I Can See Me Loving You (3:33)
  3. 3 Even As It All Goes By (3:10)
  4. 4 How We Love (3:55)
  5. 5 I Need You Love (3:50)
  6. 6 More Than Love (3:57)
  7. 7 Happiness (3:02)
  8. 8 I'll Give My Heart (3:14)
  9. 9 Shadows (3:57)
  10. 10 Peace (3:40)
  11. 11 The Path of Love (4:02)
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Album Credits

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
Darrell Scott Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Charango, 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, Slide 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
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
Brian Foraker Mastering
David Leonard Engineer
Carl Marsh Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Horn Conductor, String Conductor
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
Judith Burrows Art Direction
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