Bear Creek

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Named in honor of the converted turn-of-the-century Washington barn where it was recorded, Brandi Carlile's fourth studio outing, the rough and tumble, sweet and soulful Bear Creek, is as fiery as it is bucolic. Carlile's wonderfully expressive voice is as tailor-made for country as it is for roots rock, and the 13 cuts on Bear Creek lean heavily on the former, striking a nice balance between the nuanced twang of Alison Krauss and the bluesy cockiness of Bonnie Raitt, especially on the spirited, boot-stomping opener "Hard Way Home," the sweet and steady "Keep Your Heart Young," and the gospel-kissed howler "Raise Hell." The notion of diminishing youth Carlile ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Named in honor of the converted turn-of-the-century Washington barn where it was recorded, Brandi Carlile's fourth studio outing, the rough and tumble, sweet and soulful Bear Creek, is as fiery as it is bucolic. Carlile's wonderfully expressive voice is as tailor-made for country as it is for roots rock, and the 13 cuts on Bear Creek lean heavily on the former, striking a nice balance between the nuanced twang of Alison Krauss and the bluesy cockiness of Bonnie Raitt, especially on the spirited, boot-stomping opener "Hard Way Home," the sweet and steady "Keep Your Heart Young," and the gospel-kissed howler "Raise Hell." The notion of diminishing youth Carlile turned 30 during the making of the album plays a pivotal role on Bear Creek, and contributes to some of its finest moments. Both "A Promise to Keep," with its soft cadence, deft fingerpicking, and stoic refrain of "The hill I'm walking up is getting good and steep," and the lush and languid closer "Just Kids" manage to bask in the sepia glow of nostalgia without disappearing into the past, which is an attribute that Carlile, with her old-school melodic sense and genuine flair for Roy Orbison/Patsy Cline melodrama, displayed with 2007's blistering future American Idol standard "The Story." Four albums in, Carlile has honed her distinctly retro brand of Northwest Americana down to science, and Bear Creek feels both easy and immediate, which is usually what happens when talented artists finally figure out who they are, and that heartache, failure, defiance, and confidence can all go to the dance together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886919612226
  • Catalog Number: 196122
  • Sales rank: 8,155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Way Home (3:21)
  2. 2 Raise Hell (4:08)
  3. 3 Save Part of Yourself (3:22)
  4. 4 That Wasn't Me (3:42)
  5. 5 Keep Your Heart Young (3:20)
  6. 6 100 (3:21)
  7. 7 A Promise To Keep (4:02)
  8. 8 I'll Still Be There (3:26)
  9. 9 What Did I Ever Come Here For (3:40)
  10. 10 Heart's Content (3:34)
  11. 11 Rise Again (4:11)
  12. 12 In the Morrow (4:02)
  13. 13 Just Kids (6:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brandi Carlile Primary Artist, Organ, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Jay Joyce Mandolin
Jeb Bows Mandolin, Violin
Allison Miller Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
David Palmer Piano, Keyboards
Tim Hanseroth Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Phil Hanseroth Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Josh Neumann Piano, Cello, Tambourine
Technical Credits
Jay Joyce Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Trina Shoemaker Producer, Engineer
Greg Latterman Management
Jon Ervie Engineer
Twins Producer
Frank Liddell Producer
Jason Hall Engineer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Brandi Carlile Composer
Tim Hanseroth Composer, Engineer
Phil Hanseroth Composer
Mark Cunningham Management
Brandi Producer
Chip Hooper Booking
Duffy McSwiggin Booking
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    I adore Brandi. I have for years. I don't understand how fake an

    I adore Brandi. I have for years. I don't understand how fake and computer generated singers like Justin bieber and lady gaga can achieve such notoriety but Brandi is almost unheard of... well not for long. I have all of her cds and this one is by far her best. Its raw, emotional, and controlled chaos. Her vocal technique is perfect with the energy of Janis Joplin to boot. This cd is her ride to mainstream success . It has deep rooted country, folk, rock, and bluegrass all in one and she manages to make such diversity melodic. This cd is a must have

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    “Bear Creek” by Brandi Carlile is a cd that combines

    “Bear Creek” by Brandi Carlile is a cd that combines folk, bluegrass, pop, and country. “Hard Way Home”, “Save Part of Yourself”, and “100” are among some of the decent songs on this cd. I was hoping for more country pop and/or country rock songs. However, “Bear Creek” is best for those who enjoy folk and/or bluegrass music.

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