Be Careful What You Wish For

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All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
With Be Careful What You Wish For, Kristen Hall really hits her stride. Apparently, the third time's the charm. Her two previous efforts have been very enjoyable, very basic recordings that have documented her progress as a songwriter and artist. But here, it all clicks in. Drummer-producer Jerry Marotta and a slew of guests Emily Saliers, Matthew Sweet, Jules Shear, and Michelle Malone among them are the signposts along the journey, but Hall's songs and raspy voice deliver listeners to the destination. From the first notes of "Cry Tomorrow," Hall seems relaxed and easy even though she's baring her soul to the world with every phrase. It's a great opener, overflowing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
With Be Careful What You Wish For, Kristen Hall really hits her stride. Apparently, the third time's the charm. Her two previous efforts have been very enjoyable, very basic recordings that have documented her progress as a songwriter and artist. But here, it all clicks in. Drummer-producer Jerry Marotta and a slew of guests Emily Saliers, Matthew Sweet, Jules Shear, and Michelle Malone among them are the signposts along the journey, but Hall's songs and raspy voice deliver listeners to the destination. From the first notes of "Cry Tomorrow," Hall seems relaxed and easy even though she's baring her soul to the world with every phrase. It's a great opener, overflowing with the hope that tossing caution to the wind and living life to the fullest will often bring. Several tunes resound with the theme of overcoming pain and misery, making this a triumphant, empowering piece of work. Even the tracks that revisit hurtful situations, like "Nothing" and "Proud Man," somehow come off as uplifting. Hall has a sixth sense about melody and lyrics; both come off as simple yet smart. Hers are comfortable, catchy songs with lines that come to mind at just the right moment. Be Careful What You Wish For is brimming with comebacks apropos for almost any occasion, whether involving a romantic breakup, a dysfunctional parent, a new love, an old love, or a therapist. Hall has something for them all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/1994
  • Label: Highstreet
  • UPC: 729021032646
  • Catalog Number: 10326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cry Tomorrow (3:58)
  2. 2 Heaven Knows (4:57)
  3. 3 Open Arms (3:57)
  4. 4 Proud Man (3:18)
  5. 5 Nothing (5:41)
  6. 6 Following My Compass (3:56)
  7. 7 Prey to You (4:14)
  8. 8 Moment in a Day (4:29)
  9. 9 Just So You Know (3:09)
  10. 10 Seeds of a Lifetime (3:41)
  11. 11 Let It Rain (3:55)
  12. 12 Don't Tell Me (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kristen Hall Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
John Sebastian Guitar, Harmonica, Autoharp, Electric Guitar
Jules Shear Background Vocals
Matthew Sweet Vocals, Background Vocals
Erica Lindsay Harmonium
David Sancious Piano
Byron Berline Violin
Ed Bishop Choir, Chorus
David Cook Guitar
Bill Dillon Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitorgan
Mark Feldman Violin
Amy Fradon Choir, Chorus
Larry Gowan Vocals, Background Vocals
John Keane Vocals, Slide Guitar
Tony Levin Bass
Michelle Malone Background Vocals
Emmeretta Marks Choir, Chorus
Jerry Marotta Drums
Bob Messano Electric Guitar
Emily Saliers Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Cooper Tisdale Electric Guitar
Tom Nicholson Organ, Piano
Tomas Ulrich Cello
Tony Lovin Bass
Kristian Bush 12-string Guitar
Sara Lee Bass
Sara Parkins Violin
Ann Lange Choir, Chorus
Allison Ortiz Background Vocals
Matt Brown Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
David Cook Engineer
Jerry Marotta Producer
Jane Scarpantoni Arranger
Robert Frazza Engineer
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