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Face of My Hometown

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Considerably more atmospheric than their contemporaries like the Meat Purveyors and Kelly Willis, the Countrypolitans rely on studio layering and intricate overdubs, and end up sounding a lot like the Cowboy Junkies -- if that group took the "Cowboy" part of its name a little more seriously. Beautiful vocalist Elizabeth Ames seems to have grown up absorbing her Pretenders records (which is by no means a bad thing) and her vocal style shows edges of that tough-girl swagger that Chrissie Hynde perfected. Guitarist Justin DeFreece has clearly done the same to the entire early Byrds catalog, and his Rickenbacker chimes and sings along with Ames' croon. While all of these ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Considerably more atmospheric than their contemporaries like the Meat Purveyors and Kelly Willis, the Countrypolitans rely on studio layering and intricate overdubs, and end up sounding a lot like the Cowboy Junkies -- if that group took the "Cowboy" part of its name a little more seriously. Beautiful vocalist Elizabeth Ames seems to have grown up absorbing her Pretenders records (which is by no means a bad thing) and her vocal style shows edges of that tough-girl swagger that Chrissie Hynde perfected. Guitarist Justin DeFreece has clearly done the same to the entire early Byrds catalog, and his Rickenbacker chimes and sings along with Ames' croon. While all of these influences are impeccable, the album seems a little too even-toned, and the production is so rich that at times there barely seems room to breathe. The songs are fine and the playing is good, but it almost seems as if the bandmembers are compensating for something they aren't really lacking by filling every space with cymbal wash and guitar reverb, instead of allowing points of rest. The band is rumored to be working with producer Lloyd Maines on an upcoming project, which can only serve to push this already ambitious band into some more interesting territory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Sideburn
  • UPC: 669341100529
  • Catalog Number: 1005
  • Sales rank: 348,315

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Stop You (3:25)
  2. 2 Falling at Your Feet (3:57)
  3. 3 Maybe It's You (4:16)
  4. 4 After You're Gone (4:18)
  5. 5 Face of My Hometown (4:47)
  6. 6 Kind of Funny (4:44)
  7. 7 Hurricane (4:42)
  8. 8 La Turnaround (4:59)
  9. 9 Designated Driver (3:20)
  10. 10 I Wanna Score (3:32)
  11. 11 Faith (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Countrypolitans Primary Artist
Chris Murphy Fiddle
Craig Brock Organ
Gregg Williams Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Nicole Campbell Background Vocals
Elisabeth Ames Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Richard Carpenter Composer
Danny Wilde Composer
Gordon Gano Composer
Craig Brock Engineer
Gregg Williams Producer
Terry Currier Executive Producer
Joe Davis Graphic Design, Art Direction
Elisabeth Ames Art Direction
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