Didn't It Feel Kinder

Didn't It Feel Kinder

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by Amy Ray
     
 

In "Didn't It Feel Kinder," Amy Ray's third solo recording and most ambitious independent effort to date, the singer-songwriter's style and lyricism reflects her many musical influences, breaking new ground for avid Indigo Girls followers and her solo career fans alike. New listeners will follow Ray far through a rich musical landscape that is both intimate and grand,… See more details below

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In "Didn't It Feel Kinder," Amy Ray's third solo recording and most ambitious independent effort to date, the singer-songwriter's style and lyricism reflects her many musical influences, breaking new ground for avid Indigo Girls followers and her solo career fans alike. New listeners will follow Ray far through a rich musical landscape that is both intimate and grand, like sneaking in on sound check at the Knitting Factory. Independent to the core, Ray began designing the album while on tour with the Indigo Girls in the UK. "I was huddled over my computer with my Garage Band turned on in some cold backstage area. The opening band went on and the music was pounding through the walls, creating this montage of sounds and bass beats. I started playing the most strident thing I could to cut through it all and get my thoughts down and it all started merging into 'Bus Bus'." Together with former Butchies Kaia Wilson and Melissa York, and Greg Griffith on bass, Ray molded a danceable rhythm that is at once pop, punk rock and hip hop. Didn't It Feel Kinder marks Ray's first solo effort utilizing a producer. Greg Griffith (The Butchies, Le Tigre, Loudspeaker, Vitapup), a fearless listener and multi-talented musician, worked with Ray to incorporate a variety of sounds and influences as diverse as Al Green, The Pretenders, OutKast, and Violent Femmes, to create her unique and evolving voice throughout this record. Ray rose to the challenge to redesign the halls of rock and folk that have housed her for so long. Overall, the album teems with the Clash-esqe energy that drives so much of Ray's solo work, bouncing and begging the listener to shout along. But as it rocks out, it starts to groove, and then waxes poetic in a well-balanced sequence of intensity, beauty, and fun.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Daemon Records
UPC:
0767691905525
catalogNumber:
19055
Rank:
130509

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Ray   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Trina Meade   Background Vocals
Tomi Martin   Electric Guitar
Melissa York   Percussion,Drums
Kaia Wilson   Electric Guitar
Zac Rae   Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Toy Piano
Brandi Carlile   Background Vocals
Andrew Dunn   Piano,Trombone,Keyboards
Alex Hornbake   Bass
Benjamin Morris Wigler   Vocals
Nick Byron Campbell   Electric Guitar
James Dedakis   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Amy Ray   Composer,Cover Photo
Kate Schellenbach   Paintings
Danny Kadar   Producer,Engineer
Glenn Schick   Mastering
John Holmes   Engineer
Alex Hornbake   Engineer
Julian Dreyer   Engineer

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