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Day After Tomorrow
     

Day After Tomorrow

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by Joan Baez
 
Having recorded Steve Earle's "Christmas in Washington" on her last studio album, 2003's Dark Chords on a Big Guitar, and his "Jerusalem" on her 2005 live album, Bowery Songs, and toured with him in between, Joan Baez has turned to Earle as the producer of her 24th studio album, Day After Tomorrow; he also contributes three of the ten songs, two

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Having recorded Steve Earle's "Christmas in Washington" on her last studio album, 2003's Dark Chords on a Big Guitar, and his "Jerusalem" on her 2005 live album, Bowery Songs, and toured with him in between, Joan Baez has turned to Earle as the producer of her 24th studio album, Day After Tomorrow; he also contributes three of the ten songs, two of them, "God Is God" and "I Am a Wanderer," specially written. Earle seems to have taken as his assignment the goal of creating a modern Joan Baez album that is in the tradition of her great albums of the 1960s. First, he assembled a group of acoustic musicians in Nashville, anchored by multi-instrumental string players Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott (a rhythm section of Viktor Krauss and Kenny Malone is sometimes present also), and then he and Baez cherry-picked recent songs from contemporary singer/songwriters working in the spirit of those Baez covered earlier in her career, including Elvis Costello, Eliza Gilkyson, Patty Griffin, and Tom Waits. In making those choices, they looked to material that evoked Baez's folk past. For example, as Baez herself says of Gilkyson's "Rose of Sharon," "If I didn't know otherwise, I would have just assumed that it was an old English folk song." "Scarlet Tide," written by Costello and T Bone Burnett for the soundtrack to the 2003 Civil War film Cold Mountain, in which it was sung by Alison Krauss, naturally sounds like a 19th century American folk song. True to Baez's longtime political commitments, it addresses war, as does Waits' and wife Kathleen Brennan's "Day After Tomorrow," which Baez sings with only her own guitar accompaniment, while Diana Jones' "Henry Russell's Last Words" tells the true story of a mining disaster. Earle's "Jericho Road," first heard on his Washington Square Serenade album, is presented a cappella with handclaps and background vocals by Earle, Scott, and O'Brien, sounding just like the sort of spiritual Baez used to adapt back in the '60s. At 67, Baez betrays some vocal aging, but she uses it wisely to impart extra feeling into what is often a downbeat collection of quality songs, and Earle has succeeded in his attempt not to reinvent her, but to re-create her sound and message in contemporary terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018300223
catalogNumber:
83002
Rank:
186176

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Baez   Primary Artist,Guitar
Steve Earle   Guitar,Harmonium,Background Vocals,Tamboura,Vocal Harmony
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Tim O'Brien   Bouzouki,Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Darrell Scott   Bouzouki,Dobro,Guitar,Background Vocals,Hawaiian Guitar,Banjolin,Guitar (Resonator)
Thea Gilmore   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ray Kennedy   Tambourine
Siobhan Maher-Kennedy   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Composer
Elvis Costello   Composer
Steve Earle   Producer
Tom Waits   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Patty Griffin   Composer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Diana Jones   Composer
Thea Gilmore   Composer
Mike Cave   Engineer
Ray Kennedy   Engineer

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Day After Tomorrow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joan appears to be very much at home in a musical, spiritual, and political sense on this album, the 24th studio recording of her now 50 year long career. This collection of 10 songs provides much for the head &amp heart to think and feel. With the use of only acoustic instruments, the album provides an echo of Joan's early folk records. The difference in this record is how diverse the ensemble of instruments is: guitar, mandolin, Hawaiian guitar, resonator guitar, bouzouki, harmonium, tamboura, bass, drums, tambourine, fiddle, Dobro, banjolin, and percussion. The musical accompaniment provided by Steve Earle (also producer, &amp harmony vocals), Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Viktor Krauss, and Kenny Malone, is one of the many highlights of this album. The songs' timeless lyrics place it among Joan's most folk / Americana oriented albums. The album contains a strong spiritual thread, a topic Joan has touched upon from her earliest recordings. The songs have been chosen from several different brilliant writers, including Patty Griffin, Tom Waits / Kathleen Brennan, Thea Gilmore, Eliza Gilkyson, Elvis Costello / T-Bone Burnett, Diana Jones, and Steve Earle himself. It is amazing how Joan &amp company pull the work of such a diverse group together so beautifully. There are political themes touched upon in this record, including anti-war sentiment. The topic is explored quite movingly, less directly you might say than on Joan's earlier albums, through the timeless (and timely) masterpiece compositions &quot Scarlet Tide&quot , and the album's title song &quot Day After Tomorrow&quot . [Joan sings this alone, with just herself on guitar, making the lyrics even more heart- wrenching ] Throughout the songs, Joan becomes a cast of personas in search of hope, happiness, and home. [Joan appears to be quite happy herself in the stunning CD booklet photos.] &quot God is God&quot has the listener contemplating what it really means to be a believer. In &quot Rose of Sharon&quot the narrator finds happiness in the arms of a lover. In &quot Scarlet Tide&quot there is still a hopeful determination that we will rise above the devastation of war. The young soldier writing home in &quot Day After Tomorrow&quot (who very well may be a female soldier in this non-gender specific song) yearns for home and the small pleasures of &quot shoveling snow and raking leaves&quot , and dreams each night of holding the loved one being written to. It is a very moving and empathetic rendition of this song. A miner facing sure death in &quot Henry Russell's Last Words&quot ultimately finds happiness and peace through love for his spouse &amp family, and a saved soul. In &quot I am a Wanderer&quot there is still hope among various characters facing great obstacles in their lives. But, perhaps they are really us, and us them, and realizing that may be the genesis of that hope, and ultimately the action that will actually change their life circumstances. This song was written the night before one of the recording sessions. One cannot help but wonder how much of Joan and Steve's lives are reflected in its caring concern for those less fortunate. &quot Mary&quot is perhaps the most fascinating song lyric-wise on the album. I imagine the narrator walking through a museum viewing the various paintings and sculptures in an exhibit about the biblical &quot Mary&quot , leading to a contemplation on her spiritual as well as worldlier powers. In &quot Requiem&quot , a prayerful song, Mary is again addressed, being asked to bring hope and happiness to those who have lost their homes and loved ones. It is quite a moving song, originally written about the Tsunami survivors, taking on new meaning with the Katrina tragedy. But, it is also quite universal in that many of us, to
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Joan appears to be very much at home in a musical, spiritual, and political sense on this album, the 24th studio recording of her now 50 year long career. This collection of 10 songs provides much for the head &amp heart to think and feel. With the use of only acoustic instruments, the album provides an echo of Joan&#8217 s early folk records. The difference in this record is how diverse the ensemble of instruments is: guitar, mandolin, Hawaiian guitar, resonator guitar, bouzouki, harmonium, tamboura, bass, drums, tambourine, fiddle, Dobro, banjolin, and percussion. The musical accompaniment provided by Steve Earle (also producer, &amp harmony vocals), Tim O&#8217 Brien, Darrell Scott, Viktor Krauss, and Kenny Malone, is one of the many highlights of this album. The songs&#8217 timeless lyrics place it among Joan&#8217 s most folk / Americana oriented albums. The album contains a strong spiritual thread, a topic Joan has touched upon from her earliest recordings. The songs have been chosen from several different brilliant writers, including Patty Griffin, Tom Waits / Kathleen Brennan, Thea Gilmore, Eliza Gilkyson, Elvis Costello / T-Bone Burnett, Diana Jones, and Steve Earle himself. It is amazing how Joan &amp company pull the work of such a diverse group together so beautifully. There are political themes touched upon in this record, including anti-war sentiment. The topic is explored quite movingly, less directly you might say than on Joan&#8217 s earlier albums, through the timeless (and timely) masterpiece compositions &#8220 Scarlet Tide&#8221 , and the album&#8217 s title song &#8220 Day After Tomorrow&#8221 . [Joan sings this alone, with just herself on guitar, making the lyrics even more heart-wrenching ] Throughout the songs, Joan becomes a cast of personas in search of hope, happiness, and home. [Joan appears to be quite happy herself in the stunning CD booklet photos.] &#8220 God is God&#8221 has the listener contemplating what it really means to be a believer. In &#8220 Rose of Sharon&#8221 the narrator finds happiness in the arms of a lover. In &#8220 Scarlet Tide&#8221 there is still a hopeful determination that we will rise above the devastation of war. The young soldier writing home in &#8220 Day After Tomorrow&#8221 (who very well may be a female soldier in this non-gender specific song) yearns for home and the small pleasures of &#8220 shoveling snow and raking leaves&#8221 , and dreams each night of holding the loved one being written to. It is a very moving and empathetic rendition of this song. A miner facing sure death in &#8220 Henry Russell&#8217 s Last Words&#8221 ultimately finds happiness and peace through love for his spouse &amp family, and a saved soul. In &#8220 I am a Wanderer&#8221 there is still hope among various characters facing great obstacles in their lives. But, perhaps they are really us, and us them, and realizing that may be the genesis of that hope, and ultimately the action that will actually change their life circumstances. This song was written the night before one of the recording sessions. One cannot help but wonder how much of Joan and Steve&#8217 s lives are reflected in its caring concern for those less fortunate. &#8220 Mary&#8221 is perhaps the most fascinating song lyric-wise on the album. I imagine the narrator walking through a museum viewing the various paintings and sculptures in an exhibit about the biblical &#8220 Mary&#8221 , leading to a contemplation on her spiritual as well as worldlier powers. In &#8220 Requiem&#8221 , a prayerful song, Mary is again addressed, being asked to bring hope and happiness to those who have lost their homes and loved ones. It is quite a moving song, originally written about the Tsunami survivors, taking on new meaning with the Katrina t