Born On Earth

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Rusty Anderson has played in a handful of bands over the years most notably Ednaswap and Animal Logic, but he's best known as a sideman and a session musician, having worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Santana, and Jewel. On his first solo album, Undressing Underwater, Anderson was able to call in a few favors and persuade a few of his former employers most notably McCartney and Stuart Copeland to help him out. But Anderson's second effort, 2010's Born on Earth, demonstrates that he doesn't need marquee names to make a worthwhile album. Born on Earth follows the same path as Undressing Underwater, which is to say it's all over the map -- you get pop tunes ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Rusty Anderson has played in a handful of bands over the years most notably Ednaswap and Animal Logic, but he's best known as a sideman and a session musician, having worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Santana, and Jewel. On his first solo album, Undressing Underwater, Anderson was able to call in a few favors and persuade a few of his former employers most notably McCartney and Stuart Copeland to help him out. But Anderson's second effort, 2010's Born on Earth, demonstrates that he doesn't need marquee names to make a worthwhile album. Born on Earth follows the same path as Undressing Underwater, which is to say it's all over the map -- you get pop tunes decorated by both strings and big roaring guitars the title cut, grandiose orchestral pop melodies "Baggage Claim", easygoing bachelor pad grooves "Julia Roberts", electric grooves bolstered by Auto-Tuned vocals and vintage synthesizers "Funky Birthday Cake", introspective folk-pop "Where Would We Go?", and not readily classifiable instrumental thundering "Intro". The common threads between these 11 songs are Anderson's sure hand with a melody, his witty and slightly off-kilter lyrical perspective, and his considerable gifts as a player. Anderson's guitar solos sound both passionate and intelligently constructed on these sessions, and he handles an impressive share of the additional accompaniment himself, while the extra hands on deck show that he has learned a few valuable things about choosing sidemen. Born on Earth is canny, intelligent music with a rocker's sense of drama and brawn sitting side by side with a popmeister's knack for the clever hook and smart lyrical conceit; it's fun music that never slights your intelligence or your appetite for the grand gesture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • Label: Mri Associated
  • UPC: 020286154174
  • Catalog Number: 61541
  • Sales rank: 187,214

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Born on Earth (4:40)
  2. 2 Timed Exposure (4:05)
  3. 3 Baggage Claim (4:37)
  4. 4 Private Moon Flower (4:31)
  5. 5 Julia Roberts (4:20)
  6. 6 Under a White Star (4:10)
  7. 7 Where Would We Go? (4:01)
  8. 8 New Beginning (4:01)
  9. 9 These Are the Days (3:48)
  10. 10 Funky Birthday Cake (3:18)
  11. 11 Intro (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rusty Anderson Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals, Vibes, Hammered Dulcimer, chamberlain, Omnichord
Elizabeth Baker Violin
Jennifer Condos Bass
Bunk Gardner Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Curt Schneider Bass
Matt McKenna Guitar, Background Vocals, Bugle
Petur Smith Bass, Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Brian McCleod Drums
Aaron Sterling Drums
Gaby Moreno Background Vocals
David H. Speltz Cello
Mark Lane Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rusty Anderson Producer, Engineer
Andrew Murdock Producer, Engineer
Robert Fisher Artwork
Matt Gruber Engineer
Jim Crouch Logo
Curt Schneider Producer, Engineer
Petur Smith Producer
Lawhead Composer
Ludwig Böss Arranger
Kallas Composer
Bill Dooley Mastering
McCleod Composer
Huxley Composer
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