Crooked Mile

Crooked Mile

by Trish Murphy
     
 

Crooked Mile is a triumph of happy-go-lucky uncertainty, pinballing between hubris and self-doubt, glossy pop hooks and stern folk mores. Like most worthwhile debuts, it's more a model of what this Austin, TX, singer/songwriter has become than a map of where she might be headed. Missed opportunities, and the heartache that often results, appear in various forms…  See more details below

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Crooked Mile is a triumph of happy-go-lucky uncertainty, pinballing between hubris and self-doubt, glossy pop hooks and stern folk mores. Like most worthwhile debuts, it's more a model of what this Austin, TX, singer/songwriter has become than a map of where she might be headed. Missed opportunities, and the heartache that often results, appear in various forms on Crooked Mile. There's the exhausted, slightly deranged breadwinner of "Boiling Water" storming home after his shift at the refinery, cocked and ready for a fight. Seen through a young girl's eyes, the vision of "daddy comin' 'cross the pasture, smokestack stuck in his back" is a portrait of blue-collar rage so rich with detail you can almost taste the toxic grit in the air. Throughout Crooked Mile, Trish Murphy invests faith in little details, depending on the power of suggestion to carry her lyrics. "Blue Tattoo" chooses as its subject an etched-in-skin reminder of an affair "over before it's begun." On "Relentless," the depressing reality of a failing relationship is embraced so tightly "your fist turns white and your soul may be blown wide open"; the tune's sad resignation is embodied in the echoed chime of a lightly picked 12-string Rickenbacker. Crooked Mile was produced with unassuming precision by Dave McNair, whose credits include Belinda Carlisle and the Silos. His effortless pop sheen serves to flesh out Murphy's sound rather than sterilize it. Her catchy, no-frills compositions aren't the sort that lose their power in more commercial translation, anyhow.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1998
Label:
RHYTHMIC RECORDS
UPC:
0635717000120
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trish Murphy   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Chimes,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Carey Bowman   Electric Guitar
Jon Dee Graham   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Multi Instruments,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
David Lucas   Bass,Piano,Multi Instruments,Wurlitzer
Gurf Morlix   Electric Guitar
Dave McNair   Percussion,Keyboards
Michael Ramos   Organ,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Glenn Fukunaga   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Rafael Gayol   Drums
Mike Hardwick   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Multi Instruments
Darin Murphy   Harmonica,Conga,Drums,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Box
David McNair   Percussion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dave McNair   Producer,Engineer
Christine Warren   Contributor
Chris Bellman   Mastering
Sherri Whitmarsh   Art Direction
David McNair   Producer,Engineer

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