Edge

Edge

by Holly Near
     
 

Holly Near fans waited a long time for this one. Her last studio album on which the majority of the songs were new and original compositions was 1987's Don't Hold Back, and one must go back to 1984's Watch Out! to find an album on which she expressed her political views in her own songs across an entire disc. On Edge, Near is the writer of eightSee more details below

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Holly Near fans waited a long time for this one. Her last studio album on which the majority of the songs were new and original compositions was 1987's Don't Hold Back, and one must go back to 1984's Watch Out! to find an album on which she expressed her political views in her own songs across an entire disc. On Edge, Near is the writer of eight out of 13 tracks, and she is back to talking about the issues she has supported throughout her career. The leadoff track, "Fired Up!," explores the way in which "our society fails" children; "Planet Called Home" takes a historical look at global decline and what can be done about it; "1000 Grandmothers" naively but winningly posits the potential political power of little old ladies; "Kids Are Gonna Love" supports interracial and homosexual love; and "I Ain't Afraid" worries about the threat posed by religious extremists. Politics also enters into some of Near's cover choices. She reclaims Cheryl Wheeler's anti-gun anthem "If It Were Up to Me" from the distortion it received at the hands of Garth Brooks' Chris Gaines character, discusses AIDS in "Love Don't Need a Reason" (by Michael Callen, Peter Allen, and Marsha Malamet), and reflects on the environmental cycle in Harry Nilsson's "Think About Your Troubles." Employing a relatively spare production, she manages a variety of musical styles, from the rock of "If It Were Up to Me" and a cover of Timbuk 3's "Standard White Jesus" to the a cappella of her own "Uh Huh" and the Latin American sound of her cover of Paul Simon's "Further to Fly." There are even songs such as "Fired Up!" that recall the piano-based music of her earliest recordings. Edge is a varied collection in terms of both its music and its subject matter. A few of the original songs are not fully realized, but much of the material is strong and written in the songwriter's characteristically forthright style, while the covers are well-chosen. After a long time, Near has produced an album to rank among her early recordings, and with an unsatisfactory election result (from the viewpoint of her and her supporters) coming in the same season as the record's release, it couldn't have appeared at a better time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
Label:
Calico Tracks Music
UPC:
0646506000429
catalogNumber:
4
Rank:
155011

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holly Near   Primary Artist
June Millington   Electric Guitar
Mark Ford   Harmonica
John Bucchino   Piano,Keyboards
Joey Blake   Vocals
Nina Gerber   Guitar
Jan Martinelli   Bass
Jackeline Rago   Drums,Maracas,Surdo,Reco-reco,Campana
Ellen Seeling   Flugelhorn
Adrienne Torf   Keyboards
Janelle Burdell   Drums
Andre dos Santos Morgan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Spencer Brewer   Engineer
Holly Near   Arranger,Producer
Gary Mankin   Engineer
Paul Stubblebine   Mastering
Tom Size   Engineer

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