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Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Rachael Yamagata's voice has made numerous appearances since her solo debut in 2004: on albums by Ray LaMontagne and Rhett Miller, on TV sitcoms, on Ryan Adams & the Cardinals' acclaimed Cold Roses, and on a pair of Yamagata's own EPs. Despite such a flurry of activity, however, the songwriter found herself dropped from the RCA roster after Happenstance's release, a move that prolonged the finishing of her second studio LP. Arriving in 2008 on the Warner Bros. label, Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart literally splits Yamagata's musical personality into two parts -- the first disc, Elephants, pitches its tent closer to the Happenstance camp with lushly textured ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Rachael Yamagata's voice has made numerous appearances since her solo debut in 2004: on albums by Ray LaMontagne and Rhett Miller, on TV sitcoms, on Ryan Adams & the Cardinals' acclaimed Cold Roses, and on a pair of Yamagata's own EPs. Despite such a flurry of activity, however, the songwriter found herself dropped from the RCA roster after Happenstance's release, a move that prolonged the finishing of her second studio LP. Arriving in 2008 on the Warner Bros. label, Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart literally splits Yamagata's musical personality into two parts -- the first disc, Elephants, pitches its tent closer to the Happenstance camp with lushly textured ballads, while Teeth Sinking Into Heart plays up the singer's debt to rock artists like PJ Harvey. The latter CD is the biggest surprise here, as it displays a swaggering confidence that wasn't as evident on Yamagata's previous releases. She raises her voice in volume and pitch, affecting a measured snarl during songs like "Sidedish Friend" and "Faster." The potent set ends with "Don't," a weary ballad that recalls Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and flaunts an expletive-filled refrain. While the song's lyrics are aligned with the rest of Teeth Sinking Into Heart, its sound still emphasizes Yamagata's strength as a master of slow-moving, wounded love songs. Elephant furthers that bittersweet style with ten songs one of them hidden, effectively doubling the size of Teeth. The disc features a gorgeous cameo by Ray LaMontagne, whose Southern croon does a slow dance with Yamagata on the aptly named "Duet." Like LaMontagne's most intimate material, Elephant moves in quiet circles, mining Yamagata's heartbroken past for melodic effect while dressing up her songs in layers of strings, woodwinds, and acoustic instruments. This is where her voice truly shines -- even when it seemingly hides from the spotlight, reducing itself to a cracked whisper while delivering Yamagata's lyrics. Fittingly, she matches such strong songcraft with equally strong content. "So for those of you falling in love," she advises during the first disc's title track, "keep it kind, keep it good, keep it right. Throw yourself in the midst of danger, but keep one eye open at night." Spoken like a true veteran of solitude and heartbreak, and performed like one of the strongest songwriters to emerge during the early 21st century.
Entertainment Weekly
Amid all the moroseness are some standouts, including ''Elephants,'' which belongs in the canon of great spurned-lover songs. [B-]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624982647
  • Catalog Number: 512764
  • Sales rank: 62,661

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Elephants (4:13)
  2. 2 What If I Leave (5:03)
  3. 3 Little Life (4:07)
  4. 4 Sunday Afternoon (9:05)
  5. 5 Elephants (1:45)
  6. 6 Duet (4:01)
  7. 7 Over and Over (5:24)
  8. 8 Brown Eyes (3:45)
  9. 9 Horizon (15:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sidedish Friend (2:59)
  2. 2 Accident (4:09)
  3. 3 Faster (3:50)
  4. 4 Pause the Tragic Ending (4:41)
  5. 5 Don't (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rachael Yamagata Primary Artist
Kevin Salem Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Tack Piano
Peck Allmond Flute
Robert Carlisle French Horn
Jennifer Condos Bass
Marilyn Coyne Oboe
Davey Faragher Bass
Mark Goldenberg Electric Guitar
Ray LaMontagne Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Lorenza Ponce Violin
Tracy Sands Cello
John Alagia Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Jay Bellerose Drums
Christopher Cardona Viola
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Matthew Cullen Gong
Antoine Silverman Violin, Concert Master
Oliver Kraus Violin, Cello
Sean O'Keefe Drums
Dan Carlisle Bass
Kimberly Salistean Violin
Peter Donovan Double Bass
Mike Mogis Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Wurlitzer
Maria Taylor Background Vocals
James Valentine Electric Guitar
Than Luu Percussion, Conga, Drums
Cameron McGill Piano, Electric Guitar
Jason Boesel Drums
Daniel Clarke fender rhodes
Catherine Popper Upright Bass
Michael Chavez Electric Guitar
Mike Bloom Dobro, Electric Guitar
Donna Carnes Violin
Joshua Grange Electric Guitar
Cynthia Ricker Viola
Nate Cambell Marimbas
Becky Doe Violin, Soloist
Chris Giraldi Drums
Owen Kotler Clarinet
Nebraska Quartet String Quartet
Nebraska String Quartet String Quartet
Technical Credits
Mark McKenna Engineer
Brian Scheuble Engineer
John Alagia Producer
Matthew Cullen Engineer
Jon Altschiller Engineer
Oliver Kraus String Arrangements
Sean O'Keefe Engineer, Drum Engineering, Piano Engineer
Paul Durham Composer
Mike Mogis Producer
Nate Walcott Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Rachael Yamagata Composer
NY Strings String Section
Chris Harden Engineer
Brian Cockburn Smith Engineer, Guitar Engineer, Instrument Technician
Becky Doe String Arrangements
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