Fine Upstanding Citizen

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Songwriter Maia Sharp has issued only three recording in the last eight years. She established herself in the all-but-extinct AAA radio market with her debut, Hardly Glamour on the defunct Ark 21 imprint. Her self-titled sophomore outing was on the Concord Jazz label, of all places, and now she finds herself with Koch. Fine Upstanding Citizen is another extension of what Sharp does best: she writes very classy pop songs that bridge the gaps between rock, folk, and jazz forms. She's got a fine, smoky voice that is limited in range but is used to maximum effect due to a genuine stylist's sense of phrasing. Tracks like the opener, "Red Dress," are effective given their blend of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Songwriter Maia Sharp has issued only three recording in the last eight years. She established herself in the all-but-extinct AAA radio market with her debut, Hardly Glamour on the defunct Ark 21 imprint. Her self-titled sophomore outing was on the Concord Jazz label, of all places, and now she finds herself with Koch. Fine Upstanding Citizen is another extension of what Sharp does best: she writes very classy pop songs that bridge the gaps between rock, folk, and jazz forms. She's got a fine, smoky voice that is limited in range but is used to maximum effect due to a genuine stylist's sense of phrasing. Tracks like the opener, "Red Dress," are effective given their blend of jaunty melodies, sparse acoustic guitars, and painterly instrumental backdrops highlighting skeletal hooks. Elsewhere, such as on "Kinder Blues," the guitars weave a late-night tapestry where airy textures meet a lovelorn, weary vocal that digs into the seam of a relationship on the brink. "Fall Like Margarite" is simply gorgeous. Its simple melody, high-tuned guitars, minimal string arrangement, and hand percussion give the tune a live feel, and Sharp's saxophone solo in the break underscores the poignancy in this morality tale. This record won't set the charts on fire, but anyone interested in quality songwriting should be attracted to its corner. Hopefully, someone will give Fine Upstanding Citizen a chance; it's a mature mark from an under-the-radar artist who has a lot to say.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 684038984022
  • Catalog Number: 9840
  • Sales rank: 381,107

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Dress (4:02)
  2. 2 Something Wild (3:57)
  3. 3 A Home (4:37)
  4. 4 The Reminder (3:56)
  5. 5 Regular Jane (3:37)
  6. 6 Flood (2:30)
  7. 7 Kinder Blues (5:06)
  8. 8 Firefly (3:19)
  9. 9 Wisdom (3:21)
  10. 10 Fall Like Margarite (2:50)
  11. 11 Come Back to Me (4:09)
  12. 12 Fine Upstanding Citizen (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maia Sharp Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals, Djembe
Jill Sobule Voices
David Batteau Acoustic Guitar
Mark Addison Bass, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Melodica, Sampling, Indian Banjo
Brad Jones Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Piano, Bass Guitar, Harmonium, Timpani, Sampling, Vibes, Guitar (Nylon String)
Richard Julian Background Vocals
Greg Morrow Drums
Kim Richey Background Vocals
Randy Sharp Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals, Sampling, Bass Harmonica
Nina Singh Percussion, Drums
Chris Carmichael Violin, Viola
David Henry Cello
Will Kimbrough Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Josef Zimmerman Bass, Bass Guitar
Joshua Segal Violin, Viola
Mickey Grimm Percussion, Drums
Mitch Tobias Composite
Janet Robin Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ronnie Manaog Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Andy Georges Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Sampling
Technical Credits
Bonnie Raitt Author
David Batteau Composer
Kevin Fisher Composer
Mark Addison Composer, Producer, Loop
J.C. Crowley Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Brad Jones Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Kim Richey Composer
Maia Sharp Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Randy Sharp Composer, Producer, Engineer
Imani Coppola Composer
Steve Poltz Composer
Steve Swindelli Composer
Janet Robin Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
Jeff Chenault Art Direction
Georgia Middleman Composer
Jason Rowe Composer
Jeremy Ferguson Engineer
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