Company You Keep

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
For the most part, Gorka offers low-energy singer/songwriter folk with shades of adult contemporary rock on The Company You Keep. Weary nostalgia dominates his introspective, observational lyrics. Whether it's first person or second person, the material muses over lost chances and making the best of things without offering any easy solutions, with a complacent though not self-satisfied attitude. Matters are livened, slightly, by the Bob Dylan-like organ of "Oh Abraham," and a variety of female harmony vocalists, including Mary Chapin Carpenter and Ani DiFranco. When he kicks out the jams, relatively speaking, for the odd up-tempo tune like the bar-band-rollicking ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
For the most part, Gorka offers low-energy singer/songwriter folk with shades of adult contemporary rock on The Company You Keep. Weary nostalgia dominates his introspective, observational lyrics. Whether it's first person or second person, the material muses over lost chances and making the best of things without offering any easy solutions, with a complacent though not self-satisfied attitude. Matters are livened, slightly, by the Bob Dylan-like organ of "Oh Abraham," and a variety of female harmony vocalists, including Mary Chapin Carpenter and Ani DiFranco. When he kicks out the jams, relatively speaking, for the odd up-tempo tune like the bar-band-rollicking "Joint of No Return," or "Around the House" which sounds somewhat like Tom Rush does when he decides to rock out, the sudden jolt of octane is downright shocking. "People My Age" and the country-flavored "Hank Senior Moment" flash glimpses of a nasty edge largely absent from the other compositions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651015123
  • Catalog Number: 151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Was That - Dirk Freymuth (5:17)
  2. 2 A Saint's Complaint - Dirk Freymuth (4:08)
  3. 3 Oh Abraham - Dirk Freymuth (4:21)
  4. 4 When You Walk In - Dirk Freymuth (3:21)
  5. 5 Shape of the World - Dirk Freymuth (3:03)
  6. 6 Morningside - Dirk Freymuth (3:46)
  7. 7 When I Lost My Faith - Dirk Freymuth (4:48)
  8. 8 Joint of No Return - Dirk Freymuth (2:58)
  9. 9 Let Them In - Dirk Freymuth (4:53)
  10. 10 Over There - Dirk Freymuth (2:35)
  11. 11 Hank Senior Moment - Dirk Freymuth (2:06)
  12. 12 Around the House - Dirk Freymuth (3:20)
  13. 13 Wisheries - Dirk Freymuth (5:53)
  14. 14 People My Age - Dirk Freymuth (2:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Gorka Primary Artist, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Patty Larkin Electric Guitar
Michael Manring Bass
Kathleen Johnson Harmony
Peter Ostroushko Fiddle
Ani DiFranco Guitar, Harmony
Lucy Kaplansky Harmony
Mary Chapin Carpenter Harmony
Richard Dworsky Organ, Piano
Gordon Johnson Bass
Dean Magraw Guitar
Andy Stochansky Percussion, Drums
Dirk Freymuth Guitar
Technical Credits
John Gorka Engineer
Patty Larkin Remote Recording
Michael Manring Remote Recording
Heidi Gerber Remote Recording
Rob Genadek Engineer, Mastering
Goatboy Remote Recording
Fred Harrington Engineer
Shane T. Keller Engineer
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