Field of Crows

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the 20 years since the release of his debut album, Darden Smith has grown from just another promising modern country artist into a singer/songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion. Released in 2006, Field of Crows is a few shades lighter than his previous album, Circo, but it remains a musically low-key set that's dominated by subtle textures and aims for a deeper atmosphere over the typical singer/songwriter's guitar-driven arrangements (Roscoe Beck's bass, Steuart Smith's keyboards, and José Galeaño's percussion carry the album's most effective song, "Mary"). It's significant that the album's most upbeat number celebrates "the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the 20 years since the release of his debut album, Darden Smith has grown from just another promising modern country artist into a singer/songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion. Released in 2006, Field of Crows is a few shades lighter than his previous album, Circo, but it remains a musically low-key set that's dominated by subtle textures and aims for a deeper atmosphere over the typical singer/songwriter's guitar-driven arrangements (Roscoe Beck's bass, Steuart Smith's keyboards, and José Galeaño's percussion carry the album's most effective song, "Mary"). It's significant that the album's most upbeat number celebrates "the Golden Age of pain," and the final number, "All That I Wanted," ends with the sound of one side of an argument between two lovers -- Field of Crows is dominated by love songs in which love is rarely a simple or comfortable thing. But Smith isn't wallowing in bad vibes here, just giving listeners an accurate portrait of the playing field of the heart, and "Wide Open," "Satisfied," and "It Takes Two" deal with romance on a grownup's terms when things happen to work out after all. As a singer, Smith knows how to make the most of his lyrics with his rich but limber pipes, and he and producer Stewart Lerman have crafted a fine and expressive piece of work -- Field of Crows is an album from an artist who has only improved with time and is still revealing new sides of his musical personality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020121225
  • Catalog Number: 1212
  • Sales rank: 127,714

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Talk Me Down (3:52)
  2. 2 Mary (4:12)
  3. 3 Golden Age (4:09)
  4. 4 Field of Crows (4:03)
  5. 5 Any Way (3:39)
  6. 6 Wide Open (4:30)
  7. 7 Spinning Wheel (3:22)
  8. 8 Satisfied (3:46)
  9. 9 It Takes Two (3:32)
  10. 10 Fight for Love (3:47)
  11. 11 Boy (4:27)
  12. 12 All That I Wanted (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darden Smith Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Melodica
Eliza Gilkyson Vocals, Background Vocals
Roscoe Beck Bass, Bass Guitar
Stewart Lerman Electric Guitar
David Mansfield Pedal Steel Guitar, Strings
Sammy Merendino Drums
Steuart Smith Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
José Galeaño Conga
Jose Galeano Conga
Technical Credits
Darden Smith Composer, Producer, Engineer
Stewart Lerman Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
J.D. Martin Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Phil Roy Composer
Dominick Maita Mastering
Kate Breakey Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant Masterpiece from a true artist....

    I've been able to live with this collection since it came out in England in the fall and this guy is a rare American artist that has very few peers when it comes to his songwriting and infectious warm mellow vocals not to forget the most important ingredient, atmosphere. Timely music about the world and his heart all blend together for another incredible ride, Darden Smith has created a real knock out with Field of Crows, more in the vein of Sunflowers but a trilogy along side the great Circo, its best to buy all three, I haven't heard a guy sing with such emotion like this since the best of Jackson Browne and Neil Young from the 70's. Great Americana music(not so easy to fit into any radio formats they say,)?? radio should be ashamed they haven't given Darden's music a breakthrough, this music needs to be heard.

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