Bring on the Lions

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his third album, Bring on the Lions, released by the Swiss Brambus label, New York-based singer/songwriter Rod MacDonald at first takes something of a posthumous perspective on things. "In the land of the dead I walked," is the opening line of the first track, "Saving Grace," and several of the songs on the first half of the disc look back at the past and reflect with equanimity, as if the observer is beyond any mortal cares at this point. Contributing to the preternatural calmness of the material are the folk-pop chamber arrangements that feature the classically influenced Margo Hennebach on keyboards and Lisa Gutkin on violin, as well as MacDonald's own pure, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his third album, Bring on the Lions, released by the Swiss Brambus label, New York-based singer/songwriter Rod MacDonald at first takes something of a posthumous perspective on things. "In the land of the dead I walked," is the opening line of the first track, "Saving Grace," and several of the songs on the first half of the disc look back at the past and reflect with equanimity, as if the observer is beyond any mortal cares at this point. Contributing to the preternatural calmness of the material are the folk-pop chamber arrangements that feature the classically influenced Margo Hennebach on keyboards and Lisa Gutkin on violin, as well as MacDonald's own pure, somewhat uninvolved tenor singing. MacDonald writes lyrics in a highly poetic style and structures his simple melodies like old folk songs, while Hennebach and Gutkin contribute interesting musical figures to distinguish the simple tunes. This effect is particularly notable in "Love at the Time," the songwriter's confession of promiscuity and examination of its consequences. "The Coming of the Snow" makes explicit his debt to Bob Dylan, employing a theme similar to "Girl from the North Country" and "If You See Her, Say Hello," and on the album's most ambitious song, "After the Singing" recorded live on the radio show Mountain Stage, MacDonald comes up with a set of images worthy of the Dylan of "Changing of the Guard." The second half of the disc is more various: "Norman" is a creepy retelling of the horror movie Psycho from the killer's perspective; "Wonderin' Why" takes on a laundry list of political concerns in the Reagan/Bush era, while the anthemic "South Africa" focuses on only one; and "The Well" seems to be MacDonald's metaphor for himself and his position as an artist in the world. The album as a whole is another collection of thoughtful material in which the singer/songwriter not only provides his interpretation of matters personal and political, but also turns his gaze inward to question himself. As released, there is some confusion about the tracks. "New Man," listed as the 12th track, is actually the 13th, following a tender romantic ballad that is unlisted, and "Wings of Light," listed as the 13th track, is not on the disc at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4015307890823
  • Catalog Number: 827952
  • Sales rank: 272,535

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Saving Grace (4:03)
  2. 2 Now That the Rain Has Gone (3:41)
  3. 3 Love at the Time (3:23)
  4. 4 Distant Radios (2:42)
  5. 5 The Coming of the Snow (5:16)
  6. 6 After the Singing (5:00)
  7. 7 Norman (4:12)
  8. 8 Wonderin' Why (3:53)
  9. 9 The Well (3:35)
  10. 10 So Many Songs (4:15)
  11. 11 South Africa (4:01)
  12. 12 [Untitled Track] (4:10)
  13. 13 New Man (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod MacDonald Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Jeff Berman Percussion
Deni Bonet Violin
Mark Dann Bass, Percussion, Drums
Larry Eagle Percussion
Lisa Gutkin Violin
Margo Hennebach Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano
John Kessler Bass
Ammed Solomon Drums
Ron Sowell Harmonica
Bill Plass Bass
Technical Credits
Rod MacDonald Composer, Producer
Larry Groce Producer
Mark Dann Producer, Engineer
Francis Fisher Engineer
Andy Ridenour Producer
Don Wafer Engineer
Renzo Nocent Producer
Nikki Matheson Composer
Claudio Zanini Engineer
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