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Teamed professionally and personally with producer/keyboard whiz Mitchell Froom, Shepard makes a strong post-Ally McBeal statement on Chinatown. The arrangements vary, from one solo track through mixtures of strings and a rhythm section and on to a flirtation with electronic exotica on "Gyroscope," yet the feel doesn't change too much: Her relatively narrow vocal range and fondness for using cloudy weather as a lyrical device shroud the album in a fine mist. Titles like "Rainy Days," "Rain or Shine," and "Promising Grey Day" make the point, which reflects further in the muted piano timbre, whale-noise effects, and wistful ocean images of "In July." But if Chinatown ...
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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Teamed professionally and personally with producer/keyboard whiz Mitchell Froom, Shepard makes a strong post-Ally McBeal statement on Chinatown. The arrangements vary, from one solo track through mixtures of strings and a rhythm section and on to a flirtation with electronic exotica on "Gyroscope," yet the feel doesn't change too much: Her relatively narrow vocal range and fondness for using cloudy weather as a lyrical device shroud the album in a fine mist. Titles like "Rainy Days," "Rain or Shine," and "Promising Grey Day" make the point, which reflects further in the muted piano timbre, whale-noise effects, and wistful ocean images of "In July." But if Chinatown is a monochrome, it's an appealing one, tailored to her honeyed, moody singing and knack for blending confessional candor with craftsmanship. One song, "The Sunset Marquis," offers a near-perfect example of contemporary narrative writing, with words that wind through lonely shadows toward a surprise redemption, and a construction whose brief lyrical hook -- "playing on the radio" -- sticks in your head without in the least impeding the flow of long, liquid melody. This is adult music at its finest: intelligent without the stain of showiness, intimate yet only the tiniest bit whiny, and ultimately, completely musical.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Edel Europe
  • EAN: 4029758442821
  • Catalog Number: 144282

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rainy Days (3:49)
  2. 2 Chinatown (2:39)
  3. 3 My Whole World (3:52)
  4. 4 Lose My Way (3:08)
  5. 5 Rain or Shine (3:26)
  6. 6 Downtime (4:01)
  7. 7 Gyroscope (4:06)
  8. 8 In July (4:12)
  9. 9 The Sunset Marquis (3:45)
  10. 10 7 Days (3:27)
  11. 11 Promising Grey Day (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vonda Shepard Primary Artist, Piano, Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Davey Faragher Bass
Mitchell Froom Organ, Clarinet, Accordion, Glockenspiel, Harmonium, Hammond Organ, chamberlain, Pipe organ, Wurlitzer, Vox Organ, Marxophone, Mini Moog, Claviola
Tony Levin Banjo, Bass
Jerry Marotta Percussion, Drums
Val McCallum Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Maria Newman Viola
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums
Dan Smith Cello
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Vonda Shepard Producer
Paul Dieter Engineer
Mitchell Froom Producer, Orchestration, String Arrangements
David Boucher Engineer
Samantha Ahdoot Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rain and shine - like real life!

    Vonda Shepard didn't - of course not - disappoint her fans. Her sincere songs are balsamic soothing for the soul of the listener. The honest lyrics of her open heart are bringing her closer to us, as if she would be one of our best friends. Many of the songs may contain similar life experiences like the listeners, so they even seem to be written about them . The exceptional talented musicians have a great deal in the appropriate musical implementation, all above the outrageous guitarrist Val McCallum, whose intelligent play heaps flattery around the voice of Vonda Shepard. Thanks a lot!

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