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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
The 13 original songs of Bittertown, Lori McKenna’s fourth -- and most extraordinary -- release, are richly evocative, melodic portraits of the wealth, and costs, of simply living a regular life. As in previous albums Pieces of Me, Paper Wings and Halo she sews together an all-American quilt of country, rock, and folk. Bittertown, though, outperforms them in depth and breadth, buoyed by Kevin Barry’s lusciously layered guitars and shimmering strokes from producer/vintage instrumentalist Lorne Entress. Winner of ASCAP's Sammy Cahn lyricist award, McKenna fearlessly explores the swept-under-the-rug minutiae of everyday existence. Her lyrics will resonate endlessly with ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
The 13 original songs of Bittertown, Lori McKenna’s fourth -- and most extraordinary -- release, are richly evocative, melodic portraits of the wealth, and costs, of simply living a regular life. As in previous albums Pieces of Me, Paper Wings and Halo she sews together an all-American quilt of country, rock, and folk. Bittertown, though, outperforms them in depth and breadth, buoyed by Kevin Barry’s lusciously layered guitars and shimmering strokes from producer/vintage instrumentalist Lorne Entress. Winner of ASCAP's Sammy Cahn lyricist award, McKenna fearlessly explores the swept-under-the-rug minutiae of everyday existence. Her lyrics will resonate endlessly with all those caught somewhere between big-city ambitions and deep domestic desires. To wit, in “Silver Bus,” McKenna, the mother of five and the so-called Boss of Housewives, ambivalently sings: “I’m able to fetch the next great silver bus out of town, but…I have no desire to leave.” On a silver bus or otherwise, Lori McKenna has truly arrived.
All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Steeped in a kettle of Americana or alt country, Lori McKenna should rank up there with quality performers such as Lucinda Williams, Julie Miller, Kathleen Edwards, and Mary Alice Wood. "Bible Song," which sports a guest appearance by Buddy Miller, gives a perfect example of the singer knowing what she wants and getting it right: hints of twang, mandolin touches, and a melody that is just as uplifting as it is dreary and pragmatic. More radio-friendly are the pop-inspired roots on the infectious yet world weary "Mr. Sunshine." It has more in common with a lighter Melissa Etheridge, but McKenna is more than capable of pulling it off with flying colors. The folk-like quasi-lullaby "One Man" is pure professionalism as she sings about a town "losing its balls" while Chris Trapper provides strong harmonies. Sparser but not quite as polished is "Pour," a slow, downtempo tune that resembles early Jewel. "Stealing Kisses" and "Silver Bus" are the true great singer/songwriter tunes, recalling softer offerings from Mary Chapin Carpenter or Nanci Griffith, as she is basically left on her own. The minimal Cowboy Junkies-like "If You Ask" has McKenna at her most vulnerable as Kevin Barry's resonator guitar results in a slightly fuller sound that toes the line between coffeehouse folk and roots country. "Monday Afternoon," another gem that fits like a well-worn shoe, is nearly too formulaic, but the singer builds on the momentum during the second verse. The comfort and care in each track is exemplified on the pretty and poignant "The Ledge," which sheds most of the studio polish. The eerie mountain music motif found during "My Sweetheart" could be Gillian Welch once removed. Thankfully, she only goes to the roots rock well once on a mediocre Sheryl Crow-esque "Cowardly Lion." Wrapping up another quality and stellar piece of work, the boogie ramble on "One Kiss Goodnight" recalls Natalie Merchant if she grew up in the heart of the South. The album is rarely bitter but incredibly sweet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624986928
  • Catalog Number: 49869

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bible Song (3:48)
  2. 2 Mr. Sunshine (4:03)
  3. 3 One Man (4:17)
  4. 4 Pour (3:50)
  5. 5 Lone Star (4:11)
  6. 6 Stealing Kisses (4:24)
  7. 7 If You Ask (4:29)
  8. 8 Monday Afternoon (3:04)
  9. 9 The Ledge (3:40)
  10. 10 My Sweetheart (4:05)
  11. 11 Cowardly Lion (3:38)
  12. 12 Silver Buss (4:00)
  13. 13 One Kiss Goodnight (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lori McKenna Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Resonator)
Duke Levine Electric Guitar
Kevin Barry Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Mando-Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Lorne Entress Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Celeste, Drums, Bass Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Hi String, Reed Organ, Orchestra Bells
Buddy Miller Vocals
Chris Haynes Piano
Chris Trapper Vocals
Brian J. McKenna Electric Guitar
Mark Erelli Vocals, Slide Guitar
Dave Limina Hammond Organ
Megan Toohey Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joe "Sonny" Barbato Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Duke Levine Engineer
Lorne Entress Producer, Engineer
Andy Bell Composer
Marc Donahue Mastering
Chris Rival Engineer
Huck Bennert Engineer
Mark Thayer Engineer
Lori McKenna Composer
Shane Koss Programming
Meghan Dewar Art Direction
Gabriel Unger Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Buried Treasure

    Most people I know have never heard of Lori McKenna. Typically they say "oh yeah, celtic music...I have heard her". No, that is Loreena McKennitt...not Lori McKenna. This cd does not fit squarely into any genre. There is country, pop, alternative, folk all in one album. Lori's lyrics are her greatest asset along with a voice that can't be ignored. Lori sings about the struggles of life and love with painful optimism. Most of the songs were inspired by Lori's own smalltown of Stoughton, MA where she has lived her entire life. If you enjoy honest lyrics, acoustic guitar with a bit of twang, and a voice that will rip at your emotions then you will like Lori. I would also highly recommend her other cds, especially 'The Kitchen Tapes'

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