Everything You Need

Everything You Need

by Manda Mosher
     
 
If you just listen to this disc's brief opening track "Intro" and closing tune "Thank You," you'd get the idea that Manda Mosher is one of those lo-fi neo-folkies trying to re-create the old-timey music of yesterday. But the disc's bookending tunes don't give a very accurate impression of this album as a whole. Better yet, start with the knockout second track, "Lay Me

Overview

If you just listen to this disc's brief opening track "Intro" and closing tune "Thank You," you'd get the idea that Manda Mosher is one of those lo-fi neo-folkies trying to re-create the old-timey music of yesterday. But the disc's bookending tunes don't give a very accurate impression of this album as a whole. Better yet, start with the knockout second track, "Lay Me Down." On this potent rootsy rocker, the willowy L.A. blonde lays out her musical game plan for her dynamic debut. It's a marvelous mix of Sheryl Crow-style rock balanced by Mosher's husky, Aimee Mann-ish alto. The Mann effect is more present in the following tune, "Keeps on Turning"; however, Mosher offers a more optimistic world view ("the world keeps on turning" despite bad times) than Mann typically does. The song also boasts an engaging earthier sound courtesy of Jamie Muhoberac's organ and Ido Sasson's searing guitar work. Throughout this album, Mosher reveals a nice knack for penning love songs that avoid sappiness. The spare "Everything You Need" exposes an inner strength within its simple (although far from simplest) emotions. A lovely, stripped-down rendition of Pete Townshend's "Blue, Red, and Grey" delivers more joys about the simple things in life. The more uptempo, harmonica-powered rocker "One True Love" is a catchy ode to survival that reveals her affect for Tom Petty's music. "Wash It All Away" is another strong track with Mosher's vocals soaring over a melodic but urgent rock foundation. The disc's smart mix of rootsy rock and quieter, acoustic-based moments brings to mind Crow's Tuesday Night Music Club debut. While it might not contain that album's chart-toppers, Everything You Need contains everything Americana rock fans need -- it is an impressively confident and compelling disc that bodes well for Mosher's future.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Red Parlor
UPC:
0641444040926
catalogNumber:
914

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manda Mosher   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Harmonica,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Dave Albert Allen   Percussion,Drums
Guy Erez   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ido Sasson   Electric Guitar
Ido Sasson   Electric Guitar
Dave Allen   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Pete Townshend   Composer
Phil Jaurigui   Composer
Guy Erez   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Doug Tyo   Engineer
Marlon Luna   Engineer
Ken Hauptman   Composer
Rafael Salas   Composer
Manda Mosher   Composer
Ido Sasson   Engineer
Trevin Pinto   Composer
Rafael Salas   Composer
Cody Lepow   Composer

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