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Come on Come On
     

Come on Come On

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by Mary Chapin Carpenter
 

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A triumph on almost every level, Come On Come On spun Nashville's expectations of what a country album should be completely around. Carpenter isn't your typical country star: She's Ivy League educated (Brown); she's, um, mature (as opposed to being yet another midriff-baring chippy); she works out of Washington, D.C., not Music City; and she writes most of her

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A triumph on almost every level, Come On Come On spun Nashville's expectations of what a country album should be completely around. Carpenter isn't your typical country star: She's Ivy League educated (Brown); she's, um, mature (as opposed to being yet another midriff-baring chippy); she works out of Washington, D.C., not Music City; and she writes most of her own songs. And what songs they are -- richly detailed, consciously literate, and always on the emotional mark. "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" tracks the end of a long but stifling marriage; "I Feel Lucky" is a randy romp about lotteries and love; "I Take My Chances" is a self-defining anthem. Carpenter has fine taste in backup singers (Rosanne Cash and Shawn Colvin) and in cover songs, too. Her version of Lucinda Williams's "Passionate Kisses" was a deserved smash hit and won a pair of Grammy Awards. In all, Come On Come On yielded an astonishing seven Top 20 singles and sold more than three million copies. It's proof positive of what can happen if you stick to your guns, which, ironically, is as traditional a country-music sentiment as exists.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Come On Come On proved that even with two previous hit albums under her belt, Mary Chapin Carpenter was still as hot as could be. This album serves as one of the signposts that contemporary country would not only aspire to, but actually become in the 21st century. One need only to stack this slab up against 2006 recordings by Little Big Town and Sugarland to see the roots of Carpenter's blend of sophisticated pop, folk, and soft rock with country. This disc climbed all the way to number six on the country charts, yielding an astonishing seven hit singles, fully revealing Carpenter's meld of aesthetics, skill, and marketing savvy, and she established herself not only as one of her chosen genre's top artists, but crossed over into the then-burgeoning Americana and AAA radio formats as well. With friends such as Rosanne Cash, Joe Diffie, Shawn Colvin, and the Indigo Girls lending a hand, there's a full range of country, folk, and pop-styled songs strewn across the album, helping it and Carpenter herself gain enormous recognition from other audiences outside of country music. "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," a title keeping with country music's tradition of double entendres, became Carpenter's first number one hit, while the confident "I Feel Lucky" peaked at number four and netted her another Grammy. Lucinda Williams' "Passionate Kisses," with its beautiful guitar arrangements, also made it to number four, and Carpenter's vocal enthusiasm makes Dire Straits' "The Bug" one of the album's most spirited efforts. These songs, along with the title track's compelling folk essence, gave Come on Come On a well-rounded sound and exposed her talent for reaching slightly beyond the genre's long-established niches. Not only is Carpenter's music extendable, but her writing rescues country music from its familiar themes of "love 'em and leave 'em" conventionality while still managing to portray maturely the perils of romance and heartbreak from a female perspective. Carpenter repeated much of Come On Come On's full-ranged charm for 1994's Stones in the Road release, which garnered her yet a third Grammy in as many albums. ~ Mike DeGagne & Thom Jurek

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972323428
catalogNumber:
723234
Rank:
7981

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Chapin Carpenter   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Rosanne Cash   Background Vocals
Joe Diffie   Vocals,Track Performer
Edgar Meyer   Bass,Double Bass
Shawn Colvin   Background Vocals
Indigo Girls   Background Vocals
John Jorgenson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Matt Rollings   Piano
Benmont Tench   Hammond Organ
J.T. Brown   Bass,Background Vocals
Denny Dadmun-Bixby   Bass
Paul Franklin   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,pedabro
Bob Glaub   Bass
John Jarvis   Piano
John Jennings   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Robbie Magruder   Drums
Mike McAdam   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tremolo
Andy Newmark   Drums
Amy Ray   Background Vocals
Emily Saliers   Background Vocals
Jon Carroll   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Buckingham   Producer
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Producer
John Jennings   Programming,Producer
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Frank Ockenfels   Cover Photo,Insert Photography
Don Schlitz   Composer
Bob Dawson   Engineer

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Come on Come On 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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I have had this CD since it came out, and I listen to it at least once a week. This CD has something for everyone, truly a well put together, well thought out CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was released 12 years ago. It is (and will always be) one of my all-time favorites.
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