Flying Upside Down

Flying Upside Down

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by Griffin House
     
 

Griffin House offers up another platter of country-tinged fare on his fourth release, having improved his phrasing and intimate songwriting since 2004's Lost & Found. House knows that much of a singer/songwriter's appeal rests not only in the tunes themselves, but in their presentation, and some of Flying Upside Down'sSee more details below

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Griffin House offers up another platter of country-tinged fare on his fourth release, having improved his phrasing and intimate songwriting since 2004's Lost & Found. House knows that much of a singer/songwriter's appeal rests not only in the tunes themselves, but in their presentation, and some of Flying Upside Down's best numbers model their sound after the evocative, atmospheric arrangements of Emmylou Harris' Wrecking Ball. Leadoff track "Better than Love" is a fine example; with its sparse, cavernous percussion and interwoven guitar lines, the song is a model for intimate intensity. Elsewhere, House delivers straightforward country-rock with confidence, and tracks like "Live to Be Free" and "The Guy That Says Goodbye to You Is Out of His Mind" could be mistaken for B-sides from Ryan Adams' more twangy records. Where the songwriter falters, then, is in his lyrics, whose clear-cut nature often jars with the ambient instrumentation. Emmylou Harris' hauntingly ethereal voice glossed over such flubs in Wrecking Ball, but House's vocals are straight-laced, clear, and all too demonstrative of any lyrical shortcomings. A notable exception is "I Remember (It's Happening Again)," an anti-war ballad whose message and simplicity harkens back to the protest movements of the '60s. Here, House's phrasing is kinetic, and his words take strength in that sort of convinced cadence, even when the song enters some shaky political territory. "Religion is our best excuse for national defense," he sings, "and when our citizens start saying that our wars are not okay, Washington keeps telling them God loves the USA." This might be standard fare as far as protest songs go, but House's willingness to pepper a standard country song with some non-standard country ideals bodes well for his future work, particularly if he has more text like this in his lyric journal.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003076128
catalogNumber:
30761
Rank:
6775

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Griffin House   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell   Piano,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
Jeff Trott   Organ,Strings,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,chamberlain,Wurlitzer,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Tenor),Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Danielle Brisebois   Vocal Harmony
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Jeff Irwin   Bass
Sara Watkins   Fiddle,Pizzicato Violin
Ian Fitchuk   Piano,Drums
Court Clement   Electric Guitar
Brian Macleod   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Salcedo   Engineer
Jeff Trott   Composer,Producer
Danielle Brisebois   Composer
Jason Lehning   Producer
Ian Fitchuk   Composer,Producer
Justin Loucks   Composer,Producer
Griffin House   Composer,Author
Court Clement   Composer
Bill Moulton   Art Direction

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