Cho Dependent

Cho Dependent

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by Margaret Cho
     
 

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Margaret Cho is hardly the first comedian who has developed a sudden urge to sing, but unlike a great many of them -- Eddie Murphy, Sandra Bernhard, Adam Sandler, the list goes on -- Cho's music suggests that she might have been able to get by as a pop singer if her career inSee more details below

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Margaret Cho is hardly the first comedian who has developed a sudden urge to sing, but unlike a great many of them -- Eddie Murphy, Sandra Bernhard, Adam Sandler, the list goes on -- Cho's music suggests that she might have been able to get by as a pop singer if her career in comedy hadn't worked out. Cho has released several albums of her stand-up material, but Cho Dependent is her first long player devoted to music, and while these songs are clearly meant to generate laughs, as it happens Cho is a better singer than most would expect. Cho doesn't have a tremendous vocal range, but she know what to do with what she has, and can conjure the sound and style of other artists with skill. "Your Dick" suggests the throaty strength of Chrissie Hynde and "Baby, I'm With the Band" recalls Debbie Harry's salad days, while any number of auto-tuned pop belters have been fused into the voice on "Gimme Your Seed," "Eat Shit And Die" finds her making like a sultry jazz diva and "Lice" is sung in the voice of an earnest and passionate folkie. Songwriting doesn't come quite as easily to Cho as singing -- generating laugh lines while following rules of rhyme and meter isn't as simple as it might seem -- but when she's on, she's quite good, and "Enemies" and "Hey Big Dog" work well either as straightforward tunes or as jokes. And Cho certainly had good sense in inviting some talented friends to help her out -- Tegan & Sara, Brendan Benson, Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, Ani DiFranco, Grant Lee Phillips and Fiona Apple all contribute to the album, and it's the rare music album from a comedian that works as a listening experience even if you're not chuckling. And if this album mirrors most of Cho's comic obsessions -- sex, queer culture, getting high and wildly dysfunctional relationships -- the jokes, like those in her stand-up act, are generally pretty clever, and when Cho goes for simple bad taste on "My Puss," she's still pretty damn funny. Cho Dependent isn't as much of a game changer as I'm the One That I Want, but like that album it reveals there's more to Cho than her previous work would expect, and she'd be well advised to keep songwriting on her "to-do" list.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
Label:
Clownery Records
UPC:
0634457533127
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Margaret Cho   Primary Artist,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Ani DiFranco   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jon Brion   Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Tommy Chong   Spoken Word
Barbara Gruska   Drums
Kevin O'Donnell   Drums
Grant-Lee Phillips   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,6-string Banjo
Carmen Rizzo   Keyboards
Brad Wood   Saxophone
Jebin Bruni   Keyboards,chamberlain
Brendan Benson   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Fiona Apple   Vocals
Ben Lee   Guitar,Background Vocals
Garrison Starr   Background Vocals
Lindsay Jamieson   Background Vocals
Andrew Bird   Violin,Vocals
Nick Luca   Pedal Steel Guitar,Upright Bass
David Mead   Background Vocals
Jack Rudy   Harmonica
Tegan Quin   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Xylophone
Sara Quin   Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sebastian Aymanns   Percussion,Drums
Chris Scruggs   Bass
Ned Brower   Drums
Butterfly Boucher   Background Vocals
Willis Clow   Mandolin
William Tyler   Guitar
Jack Newton   Banjo
Ted Gowans   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Samantha Shelton   Background Vocals
Andrew Higley   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Paul Bryan   Bass
Alexander Burke   Organ,Piano,Strings,Keyboards
Nic Johns   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Meghan Toohey   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ani DiFranco   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer
Jon Brion   Composer,Producer
Patty Griffin   Composer
Mark Nevers   Engineer
Grant-Lee Phillips   Composer,Programming,Producer
Carmen Rizzo   Programming,Engineer
Brendan Benson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ben Lee   Composer,Producer
Margaret Cho   Composer
Garrison Starr   Composer,Producer
Joe Costa   Engineer
Mike Napolitano   Engineer
Marc Chevalier   Mastering
Andrew Bird   Composer,Producer,Whistle
Nick Luca   Engineer
Howard Redekopp   Producer,Engineer
Tegan Quin   Composer,Producer
Sara Quin   Composer,Producer
Rouble Kapoor   Engineer
Greg Koller   Engineer
Shawn Barber   Cover Painting
A.C. Newman   Composer
Simon Rex   Composer
Armen Melik   Composer
Diana Yanez   Composer
Yeshe Perl   Composer
Nic Johns   Engineer
Meghan Toohey   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Kurt Hall   Composer,Producer

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