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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
A gentle giant with an unassuming voice and a knack for distilling New Orleans R&B, Tropicália, and '70s soft rock into a sweet and smoky, Southern-style indie pop confection, Richmond, Virginia-based singer/songwriter and arranger Matthew E. White's Hometapes' debut, Big Inner, is part Allen Toussaint, part Chico Buarque, and more than a little bit of Harry Nilsson. White's musicality (he moonlights as the leader of avant-garde jazz band Fight the Big Bull) is impressive to say the least. The soulful, sultry opener "One of These Days" serves as a great litmus test for what follows, casting a languid spell over the listener with its measured, neo-soul build...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
A gentle giant with an unassuming voice and a knack for distilling New Orleans R&B, Tropicália, and '70s soft rock into a sweet and smoky, Southern-style indie pop confection, Richmond, Virginia-based singer/songwriter and arranger Matthew E. White's Hometapes' debut, Big Inner, is part Allen Toussaint, part Chico Buarque, and more than a little bit of Harry Nilsson. White's musicality (he moonlights as the leader of avant-garde jazz band Fight the Big Bull) is impressive to say the least. The soulful, sultry opener "One of These Days" serves as a great litmus test for what follows, casting a languid spell over the listener with its measured, neo-soul build and lush ornamentations. White's gift for sonic world building is on display throughout Big Inner's 40-minute run time, and while he may sound like a Donny Hathaway-obsessed, Palace-era Will Oldham, or an even less-interested M. Ward, his old-school affectations never feel like shtick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Hometapes
  • UPC: 656605715629
  • Catalog Number: 57156

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One of These Days - The Spacebomb House Band (5:19)
  2. 2 Big Love - The Spacebomb House Band (4:39)
  3. 3 Will You Love Me - The Spacebomb House Band (4:22)
  4. 4 Gone Away - The Spacebomb House Band (6:53)
  5. 5 Steady Pace - The Spacebomb House Band (4:15)
  6. 6 Hot Toddies - The Spacebomb House Band (5:40)
  7. 7 Brazos - The Spacebomb House Band (9:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matthew E. White Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
David Hood Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Lilley Tenor Saxophone
Karl Blau Percussion, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
J.C. Kuhl Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Miller Trumpet
Giustino Riccio Conga
Amber Blankenship Cello
Pinson Chanselle Percussion, Drums
Cameron Ralston Bass, Percussion
Jason Scott Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Melissa Sunderland Violin
Michael Knowles Cello
Reggie Pace Trombone, Choir, Chorus
Marcus Tenney Trumpet
Justin Williams Viola
Reggie Chapman Bass Trombone
Phil Cook Piano, Choir, Chorus
Caitlin Hunt Violin
Aaron Williams Percussion
Lucas Fritz Choir, Chorus
Lindsey Prather Choir, Chorus
Lauren Serpa Choir, Chorus
Matt Jewell Viola
Abby Outlaw Choir, Chorus
Stephanie Auld Choir, Chorus
Faith Hofma Violin
Bryan Hooten Trombone
Audrey Tillack Choir, Chorus
Katie Wooldridge Violin
Rebecca Honaker Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Composer
Jorge Ben Composer
Gene Paul Mastering
Karl Blau Engineer
Cameron Lewis Cover Photo
Lance Koehler Engineer
Cameron Ralston Composer
James Wallace Composer
Eddie Prendergast Composer
Washington Phillips Composer
Phil Cook Choir Arrangement
Sara Padgett Heathcott Liner Notes
Matthew E. White Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Trey Pollard String Arrangements, String Conductor
Tracis Robertson Art Direction
Joel Speasmaker Art Direction
Andy C. Jenkins Composer
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