Big Old Life

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Big Old Life is an album bursting with fun and exuberance, the quartet known as Daisy Mayhem balancing a tight sound with spirit that translates perfectly through stereo headphones. "Joy Comes Back," a song composed by Sean Staples of the band the Resophonics a group with Paul Kochanski of the Swinging Steaks to give the reader a point of reference opens this terrific blend of old and new sounds with something that can only be described as gospel music played at a hootenanny. Deb Pasternak, Polly Fiveash, Rose Sinclair and Indra Rios-Moore all add to the backing vocals, which make it sound like a big old party, as much as a big old life. And speaking of the title track, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Big Old Life is an album bursting with fun and exuberance, the quartet known as Daisy Mayhem balancing a tight sound with spirit that translates perfectly through stereo headphones. "Joy Comes Back," a song composed by Sean Staples of the band the Resophonics a group with Paul Kochanski of the Swinging Steaks to give the reader a point of reference opens this terrific blend of old and new sounds with something that can only be described as gospel music played at a hootenanny. Deb Pasternak, Polly Fiveash, Rose Sinclair and Indra Rios-Moore all add to the backing vocals, which make it sound like a big old party, as much as a big old life. And speaking of the title track, Loretta Lynn would be proud of this Arbo original, Anand Nayak's smart guitar playing halfway to Hawaii, the hootenanny morphing into a luau. The traditional "Red Haired Boy," with lyrics by Rani Arbo, is an interesting role reversal while the cover of "Thief" gives the music a 180, bluesy and deep, an eloquent change of pace from the incessant up-tempo "mayhem." Leonard Cohen's "Heart with No Companion" has Andrew Kinsey's banjo front and center with Arbo's fiddle falling in and rounding out the mood. Bob Dylan's "Farewell, Angelina" has an interesting production by the band and Chris Rival, harmonica from Ben Ross and the fiddle-gone-wild giving Zimmerman something different to think about. The cardboard fold-out cover is chock-full of pictures like the band is auditioning for a Beatles or Herman's Hermits film, photos with smiles that reflect the very polished and exciting work within. In the '80s and '90s Boston had a regional act called Country Bumpkin which had the buzz and were a favorite for quite some time. Daisy Mayhem fill that void nicely while front woman Rani Arbo proves she could be the Kitty Wells of the new millennium by delivering this heartfelt disc which is very deserving of your time and ear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • UPC: 701237200521
  • Catalog Number: 2005
  • Sales rank: 118,620

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joy Comes Back - Rani Arbo (3:53)
  2. 2 Big Old Life - Rani Arbo (3:41)
  3. 3 Red Haired Boy - Rani Arbo (2:34)
  4. 4 Roses - Rani Arbo (4:21)
  5. 5 What's That - Rani Arbo (3:46)
  6. 6 Thief - Rani Arbo (4:48)
  7. 7 Heart with No Companion - Rani Arbo (4:24)
  8. 8 Oil in My Vessel - Rani Arbo (3:31)
  9. 9 Farewell, Angelina - Rani Arbo (4:28)
  10. 10 Mother of Our Dreams - Rani Arbo (4:31)
  11. 11 Hole in Heaven - Rani Arbo (3:08)
  12. 12 Shine On - Rani Arbo (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daisy Mayhem Primary Artist
Kevin Barry Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Rose Sinclair Banjo, Accordion
Deb Pasternak Vocals, Harmony
Andrew Kinsey Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Rani Arbo Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Polly Fiveash Vocals, Harmony
Scott Kessel Drums, Vocals
Ben Ross Harmonica
Anand Nayak Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Vocals
Ben Ross Vocals
Indra Rios-Moore Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Dave McNair Mastering
Chris Rival Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Andrew Kinsey Composer
Rani Arbo Composer
Scott Kessel Contributor
Sean Staples Composer
Traditional Composer
Anand Nayak Composer
Jim McGuinness Composer
May Erlewine Composer
Daisy Mayhem Audio Production
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