Field of Crows

Field of Crows

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by Darden Smith
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
01/10/2006
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020121225
catalogNumber:
1212

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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
Kate Breakey   Cover Art

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Field of Crows 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.