Foul Deeds

Foul Deeds

by Pegi Young
     
 

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The follow-up to Pegi Young's self-titled 2006 debut reaches farther than its predecessor. Young's voice here is fuller, though it still contains its inherent reedy, smoky quality; it's still somewhat plaintive, but she uses it to get exactly what she needs to serve these songs. Her band includes pedal steel guitarist and co-producer Keith, guitarist and pianist See more details below

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The follow-up to Pegi Young's self-titled 2006 debut reaches farther than its predecessor. Young's voice here is fuller, though it still contains its inherent reedy, smoky quality; it's still somewhat plaintive, but she uses it to get exactly what she needs to serve these songs. Her band includes pedal steel guitarist and co-producer Keith, guitarist and pianist Anthony Crawford, bassist Rick Rosas, and either Phil Jones or Karl Himmell on drums. Husband Neil Young and Spooner Oldham reprise their sporadic guest roles from her debut. The set thematically examines emotions as complex as grief, loss, redemption, the acceptance of change, and heartbreak, but it's hardly depressing. Foul Deeds includes four covers and five originals with an untitled track hidden after the end. The most notable of the covers includes the opening country rocker "Pleasing to Me" by Will Jennings, a truly gorgeous reading of Lucinda Williams "Side of the Road" that actually lends depth to the already beautiful lyrics; and the closer and album standout: a lilting, deeply moving version of Devendra Banhart's "Body Breaks." Young and Oldham appear on the latter two. Of the originals, the title track, a vulnerable country waltz that expresses regret and repentance for unnamed transgressions, the 2-stepping country shuffle of "Who Knew," and the sparse, elegiac waltz "Traveling" are standouts. Foul Deeds reflects Young's growing confidence as a songwriter, singer, and producer. It appears that she knows exactly where she wants to go and exactly how to get there.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Vapor Records
UPC:
0093624965374
catalogNumber:
524523
Rank:
232870

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pegi Young   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Neil Young   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar
Ben Keith   Dobro,Hammond B3
Anthony Crawford   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,fender rhodes,Vocal Harmony
Karl Himmel   Drums
Spooner Oldham   Piano,Wurlitzer
Rick Rosas   Bass
Phil Jones   Drums,Tambourine

Technical Credits

Lucinda Williams   Composer
Peter Wolf   Composer
Jonathan Demme   Director
Ben Keith   Producer
Bill Boatman   Composer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Don Cobb   Mastering
Larry Cragg   Instrument Technician
Anthony Crawford   Composer
Chad Hailey   Engineer,Mastering
Will Jennings   Composer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Elliot Roberts   Direction
Pegi Young   Composer,Producer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Amber Young   Artwork
Eric Conn   Mastering
Rob Clark   Pro-Tools
Devendra Banhart   Composer
Leslie Richter   Pro-Tools
Brando Marius   Pro-Tools
John Hausmann   Pro-Tools

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