Because I Can

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Daphne Willis' first album for Vanguard, What to Say, was the work of a 22-year-old singer and songwriter who was clearly still sorting out her influences and deciding how to direct her musical talents. Because I Can, which arrived little over a year later, doesn't resolve all the issues that were warring among themselves on Willis' previous album, but she's certainly gotten a lot better at juggling her elements and keeping them moving fast enough that they at least look like they're starting to cohere. Willis shows a lot more confidence on Because I Can, and where she once shuffled back and forth between her "smart/soulful girl with an acoustic guitar" persona and more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Daphne Willis' first album for Vanguard, What to Say, was the work of a 22-year-old singer and songwriter who was clearly still sorting out her influences and deciding how to direct her musical talents. Because I Can, which arrived little over a year later, doesn't resolve all the issues that were warring among themselves on Willis' previous album, but she's certainly gotten a lot better at juggling her elements and keeping them moving fast enough that they at least look like they're starting to cohere. Willis shows a lot more confidence on Because I Can, and where she once shuffled back and forth between her "smart/soulful girl with an acoustic guitar" persona and more pumped-up R&B-influenced grooves, here she spends most of the album firmly on the good foot, which better suits her vocal style and works well for her melodies. (And when Willis takes a breather from her light funk workouts, she picks her spots wisely, on tunes like "Sad" and "Slow Down" that openly advertise themselves as changes of pace.) Willis also seems to enjoy a greater rapport with producer Tim Lauer and her studio band, anchored by guitarist Mike Payne, bassist Tony Lucido, and drummer Shannon Forrest; the players make more of her melodies here, and she sounds freer and more enthusiastic in these surroundings (though she should tell Trevor Hall not to include his truly lamentable rap skills on her next set). And though Willis still sounds like she's possessed by the spirits of any number of female soul divas past and present on Because I Can, she's more consistent and less mannered, and her smarts in reining herself in are welcome in our post-Mariah Carey era. Because I Can is still the work of a young artist with a lot to learn, but she's been doing her homework and she might even skip a grade if she keeps this up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707814324
  • Catalog Number: 78143
  • Sales rank: 378,949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shake It Off (2:44)
  2. 2 One By One (3:11)
  3. 3 Spit It Out (2:49)
  4. 4 Sad (3:03)
  5. 5 Do What You Want (3:00)
  6. 6 I Will Be Waiting (2:46)
  7. 7 Is Anyone There? (2:52)
  8. 8 The Song Song (2:55)
  9. 9 Circumstances (2:56)
  10. 10 Weatherman - Megan McCormick (3:04)
  11. 11 I Want To (3:07)
  12. 12 Slow Down (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daphne Willis Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Angell Violin
Smith Curry Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Faulk Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Shannon Forrest Drums, Tambourine
Barry Green Trombone
Trevor Hall Vocals
Mike Haynes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jerry McPherson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mike Payne Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tim Lauer Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Shaker, fender rhodes, Toy Piano
Monisa Angell Viola
Roy Agee Trombone
Tony Lucido Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Mikky Ekko Background Vocals
Megan McCormick Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Dan Hansen Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Sudduth Background Vocals
Kyle Ryan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Olivia Lauer Vocals
Sophia Lauer Vocals
Kim Flemming Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Hunter Davis Composer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Chris Faulk Composer
Shannon Forrest Engineer
Tim Lauer Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Marc Lacuesta Engineer, Digital Editing
Tony Lucido Composer
Carrie Smith Art Direction
Daphne Willis Composer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Megan McCormick Composer
Brandon Bell Engineer
Dan Hansen Engineer
Kyle Ryan Composer
Angela Lauer Composer
Devin Vaughn Engineer
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