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Bittersweet Harmony

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All Music Guide - Sean Carruthers
The turn of the millennium was a strange time for the Skydiggers; the band still existed and was busy releasing albums, but those albums were reissues of older material -- live collections, expanded versions of earlier releases, and "lost" material. The release of Bittersweet Harmony marks the first release of new material in six years, since Desmond's Hip City. This album features much the same lineup as on that previous record, but it features a slightly less, well, modern set of songs this time out; where parts of the previous release made more use of technology, this one really strips back to the basics: country- and folk-tinted material with a loud rock sheen in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Carruthers
The turn of the millennium was a strange time for the Skydiggers; the band still existed and was busy releasing albums, but those albums were reissues of older material -- live collections, expanded versions of earlier releases, and "lost" material. The release of Bittersweet Harmony marks the first release of new material in six years, since Desmond's Hip City. This album features much the same lineup as on that previous record, but it features a slightly less, well, modern set of songs this time out; where parts of the previous release made more use of technology, this one really strips back to the basics: country- and folk-tinted material with a loud rock sheen in the right places. In other words, Bittersweet Harmony gets the Skydiggers back to exactly what was so good about them in the first place, especially in terms of the songwriting, and consequently this is quite possibly the strongest set of songs the band has released since the first album. Right off the bat, this sounds like classic Skydiggers, with Andy Maize's voice soaring up into his trademark near-falsetto on "Anything for You"; he uses this well elsewhere throughout the album, most notably on the heartbreaking "Jane's Gone." In fact, it's hard to point to a weakness here, apart from the fact that it sounds pretty much like old Skydiggers; you could construe that as laziness if you were intent on doing so, but it's really more a case of the band moving back toward its strengths. The strangest thing about all of this is that the band has managed to do this with the help of two of the most unlikely producers: Ian Blurton is probably better known for high-volume rock rifforama, and Hawksley Workman tends generally toward the more dramatic and overwrought. Nevertheless, both manage to wring top-drawer performances out of the band, making this not only a fine comeback for the Skydiggers, but one of the strongest releases in the band's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2003
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 823674640729
  • Catalog Number: 746407
  • Sales rank: 288,729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anything for You (3:04)
  2. 2 Kings (3:00)
  3. 3 Fall Apart (2:43)
  4. 4 Horseshoe Bay (2:56)
  5. 5 Elizabeth Josephine (3:16)
  6. 6 Jane's Gone (3:49)
  7. 7 Sweet Heartache (3:19)
  8. 8 California (3:33)
  9. 9 See You Again (2:33)
  10. 10 Wherever You Go (3:21)
  11. 11 Back Out on the Road (1:59)
  12. 12 All of Our Dreaming (3:02)
  13. 13 Just Love Again (1:32)
  14. 14 Everybody's Girl (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Skydiggers Primary Artist
Andy Maize Guitar, Trumpet, Vocals
Ian Blurton Glockenspiel, Background Vocals
Paul MacLeod Guitar, Vocals
Josh Finlayson Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Hawksley Workman Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Joel Anderson Drums
Jaroslaw Nick Chervinec Accordion
Ron Macey Bass
Technical Credits
Lewis Melville Artwork, Drawing
Ian Blurton Producer
James Heidebrecht Engineer
Rudy Rempel Engineer
Hawksley Workman Producer, Engineer
Joao Carvallo Mastering
Phil Presnal Engineering
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