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All Music Guide - Jim Esch
Guardian Records signed the Borrowers after their third SXSW appearance in Austin, resulting in this 1996 debut. It was a promising beginning, filled with mature songwriting, robust vocals, and inventive arrangements. The album starts strong with "Broadway Mary" and the catchy single "Beautiful Struggle," which spent six weeks on the AAA charts. The Neil Finn-like mature pop song "Nervous Heart" appeared in the movie soundtrack for Bed of Roses. Most of the songwriting is handled by Mark Addison, the group's founder. Lyrically, dysfunctional relationships are a constant theme. Stylistically, the Borrowers fit in with the likes of popular adult alternative acts of the time like...
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All Music Guide - Jim Esch
Guardian Records signed the Borrowers after their third SXSW appearance in Austin, resulting in this 1996 debut. It was a promising beginning, filled with mature songwriting, robust vocals, and inventive arrangements. The album starts strong with "Broadway Mary" and the catchy single "Beautiful Struggle," which spent six weeks on the AAA charts. The Neil Finn-like mature pop song "Nervous Heart" appeared in the movie soundtrack for Bed of Roses. Most of the songwriting is handled by Mark Addison, the group's founder. Lyrically, dysfunctional relationships are a constant theme. Stylistically, the Borrowers fit in with the likes of popular adult alternative acts of the time like the Counting Crows and the Indigo Girls, so it's mysterious why the album was such a commercial flop. The likely culprit was faulty promotion. It's a shame the album's most turbulent and powerful track, "Helicopter," with its power chorus and rich production, didn't get more airplay. The band quickly disappeared from the scene after their debut their second recording, Overcoming Gravity, was an Internet-only release. Addison and bandmate Nina Singh went on to found a new project called Kitty Gordon. Too bad -- the Borrowers had the right stuff; they could have been a contender.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1996
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724383710522
  • Catalog Number: 37105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broadway Mary (4:13)
  2. 2 Beautiful Struggle (4:02)
  3. 3 Nervous Heart (3:15)
  4. 4 Jaswant's Rain (3:41)
  5. 5 Ophelia (5:18)
  6. 6 Helicopter (5:31)
  7. 7 Over It (2:50)
  8. 8 Mercy Bound (5:21)
  9. 9 Strange Companion (2:59)
  10. 10 Uncertain Terms (1:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Borrowers Primary Artist
Giles Reaves Pump Organ, Piano Strings
Mark Addison Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Melodica, Pump Organ
Jay Joyce Guitar, Keyboards
Nina Singh Percussion, Drums, Tabla, Vocals, Laughs
Josef Zimmerman Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Bass, Drums, Vocals, Upright Bass
Joshua Segal Dulcimer, Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Saxophone, Tambourine, Vocals
Technical Credits
Giles Reaves Engineer
Nick Brophy Engineer
Jay Joyce Producer
Ken Love Mastering
Nina Singh Contributor
The Borrowers Producer
Marc Frigo Engineer
Robert Abriola Art Direction
Lisa Po-Ying Huang Engineer
F. Reid Shippen Engineer
Mitch Tobias Artwork
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