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Chasing Giants

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
On her fifth independently released album, South Carolina native Jennie Arnau sings songs with a cowgirl's spirit searching for answers. The imagery of the Old West and rural Americana is firmly stamped on this music that reflects pure country and folk roots, with just a small sample of big-city sophistication. Help from veteran jazz and studio keyboardist Pete Levin, guitarist Rod Hohl, and various string players adds further to this out-of-town feeling, as Arnau's pliable and pleasant voice tells tales of her youth, growing up in doubt, and wandering through the innocence of childhood. She enjoys fantasy stories brought to life in songs such as the love tryst ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
On her fifth independently released album, South Carolina native Jennie Arnau sings songs with a cowgirl's spirit searching for answers. The imagery of the Old West and rural Americana is firmly stamped on this music that reflects pure country and folk roots, with just a small sample of big-city sophistication. Help from veteran jazz and studio keyboardist Pete Levin, guitarist Rod Hohl, and various string players adds further to this out-of-town feeling, as Arnau's pliable and pleasant voice tells tales of her youth, growing up in doubt, and wandering through the innocence of childhood. She enjoys fantasy stories brought to life in songs such as the love tryst between "The Sparrow & the Gods" in a rock/pop format, punctuated by Levin's B-3. Some rock-oriented tunes may expose a strained vocal component, but when Arnau sings comfortably in lighthearted refrains, as on the waltz "Safe Tonight" or "Jack B Nimble" in references to daddy, the little girl in her grows up quickly. She speaks of being turned around by life's circumstance, evinces what could have been, or understands the roller-coaster ride of everyday living on "Bouncing Ball," alongside the plucky banjo playing of the always brilliant Noam Pikelny. In a somewhat retro fashion, Jennie Arnau is becoming an adult before our ears on these recordings that show she is indeed walking in the footsteps of giants instead of trying to be more like them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 800314909927
  • Catalog Number: 49099
  • Sales rank: 373,785

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 For The Winter (3:24)
  2. 2 The Sparrow & the Gods (4:04)
  3. 3 Bouncing Ball (4:43)
  4. 4 Safe Tonight (3:11)
  5. 5 Beautiful Life (3:42)
  6. 6 Jack B Nimble (3:17)
  7. 7 Savior (4:12)
  8. 8 Chasing Giants (3:57)
  9. 9 No Guarantees (4:19)
  10. 10 The Sharp Things (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jennie Arnau Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kevn Kinney Guitar, Background Vocals
Pete Levin Organ, Piano
Roberto Ruiz Electric Bass
Trina Shoemaker Background Vocals
Phil Palazzolo Bass, Drums, Background Vocals
Al Schnier Guitar, Mandolin
Rod Hohl Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alan Lerner Drums
Skip Ward Upright Bass
Noam Pikelny Banjo
Charles Burst Drums
Tejas Singh Background Vocals
Rich Hinman Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Grady Dennis Tambourine
Eleanor Blythe Fiddle
Technical Credits
Pete Levin Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Steve Morris Illustrations
Trina Shoemaker Producer
Phil Palazzolo Engineer
Jennie Arnau Composer, Producer
Rod Hohl Engineer
Charles Burst Engineer
Michael Trepagnier Engineer
Benny Steele Engineer
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