Flying Upside Down

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003076128
  • Catalog Number: 30761
  • Sales rank: 3,511

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Griffin House-Simply Amazing

    I have long been a fan of Griffin House when I stumbled upon his CD at a Barnes &amp Noble. He takes you along through a whirlwind of emotion. I am just blown away by his insight and the way he feels and can make me/you feel. I have recommened his CDs to everyone I can. Amazing, simply amazing

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