Blend

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The tunes are achingly, unrelentingly lovely; the guitars jangle and shimmer charmingly; the chord progressions move from catharsis to catharsis. Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann's voices blend like angels in a choir. Sometimes the effect is subtle -- like when they sing about a woman who will "Sit on the front porch, watch the sun go down/Holding hands with her newborn baby." It's a sweet image, but one undermined by the fact that it's pretty hard to picture a woman holding hands with a newborn. Sometimes the effect is more abrasive -- like when they sing "Sometimes she snores, sometimes she breathes on me/So I push her away so tenderly" or "When two hearts feel they could be...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The tunes are achingly, unrelentingly lovely; the guitars jangle and shimmer charmingly; the chord progressions move from catharsis to catharsis. Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann's voices blend like angels in a choir. Sometimes the effect is subtle -- like when they sing about a woman who will "Sit on the front porch, watch the sun go down/Holding hands with her newborn baby." It's a sweet image, but one undermined by the fact that it's pretty hard to picture a woman holding hands with a newborn. Sometimes the effect is more abrasive -- like when they sing "Sometimes she snores, sometimes she breathes on me/So I push her away so tenderly" or "When two hearts feel they could be as one/Ya just superglue 'em down until the fear is done." It's not hard to discern the good intentions here, but it takes some effort to ignore the clumsy, and sometimes downright gross, realization of them. However, at times the formula works; "Can't Stop Thinking" is an unbeatable hopeless-guy-in-love anthem, and "Hurt By Love" finds Llanas telling his baby that "All those wishing stars/Hang out where you are" as an acoustic guitar jingles and twinkles merrily behind him. "Hurt By Love" is what the BoDeans are trying for throughout this whole album, but they only get there once or twice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1996
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624621645
  • Catalog Number: 46216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Understanding (4:10)
  2. 2 Heart of a Miracle (4:11)
  3. 3 Count on Me (3:48)
  4. 4 Can't Stop Thinking (3:20)
  5. 5 Hurt by Love (3:58)
  6. 6 Hey Pretty Girl (2:44)
  7. 7 All I Ever Wanted (5:04)
  8. 8 Do What You Want (3:15)
  9. 9 Red Roses (4:08)
  10. 10 Lullabye (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
BoDeans Primary Artist
Alex Acuña Percussion
Danny Federici Accordion
Bob Griffin Bass
Kurt Neumann Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Nick Kitsos Percussion, Drums
Sam Llanas Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Goldman Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Kurt Neumann Producer
Mark McCraw Engineer
Dave Collins Mastering
Steve Kultgen Engineer
John Kascht Art Direction
Sam Llanas Composer, Producer
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