From the Five

From the Five

by Stephen Bruton
     
 

The singer/songwriter/producer's third New West release (and fifth overall, hence the title) doesn't expand his established Americana boundaries, but does feel more confident and at times rocks a little harder than his previous efforts. Stephen Bruton's cracked leather voice is also more controlled, talk-singing and slipping into these songs like an old pair of jeans.… See more details below

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The singer/songwriter/producer's third New West release (and fifth overall, hence the title) doesn't expand his established Americana boundaries, but does feel more confident and at times rocks a little harder than his previous efforts. Stephen Bruton's cracked leather voice is also more controlled, talk-singing and slipping into these songs like an old pair of jeans. There is a subtly propulsive Little Feat funk groove to tracks such as "The Clock" and especially the very Lowell George-ish "Walk by Faith," helped by Feat keyboardist/songwriter Bill Payne, a member of Bruton's studio ensemble for this effort and co-writer of the peppy "Put Me Out of Your Misery." There are also echoes of the Band, particularly on the stately horns that accentuate the elegiac "Fading Man" and "Treasured Wounds." Bruton fluently nails this lazy, swampy Southern sound that only occasionally explodes into rock & roll on the Chuck Berry-styled Sam Moore-Junior Walker "Ordinary Man," an obscure cover from the soundtrack of the movie Tapeheads. Generally though, these are soulful, reflective, sometimes openly spiritual songs, sung with honest, even intense determination directly from Bruton's possibly bruised soul. This is particularly effective on "The Clock," where a wah-wah guitar and wailing backing female vocalist accentuate lyrics of "There's a wake-up call coming from the doomsday clock." Not everything jumps out, but repeated spins yield a heightened appreciation of the low-boil ballads that dominate the album's sound. From the Five is a thoughtful, reflective, and impressive set of beautifully produced and imagined songs from an underrated architect of the Texas singer/songwriter tradition.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396607723
catalogNumber:
6077
Rank:
165085

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Bruton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Stephen Barber   Hammond Organ,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Tom Canning   Piano
Glen Clark   Harmonica
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Ross Hogarth   Percussion,Tambourine
Theresa James   Vocal Harmony
Bill Payne   Piano
Lon Price   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Vicki Randle   Percussion,Tambourine,Shaker
Lee Thornburg   Trombone,Trumpet
Randy Jacobs   Electric Guitar
Lee Thornberg   Trumpet
Dillon O'Brian   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mark Hollingsworth   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Juliet Prater   Percussion
Terry Landry   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Kenmore   Percussion
Theresa James   Vocals
Yoggie Musgrove   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

John Kilzer   Composer
Stephen Barber   Composer
Stephen Bruton   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chet Himes   Engineer
Ross Hogarth   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bill Payne   Composer
Lon Price   Horn Arrangements
Eddie Ruscha   Artwork
Randy Jacobs   Composer
Dillon O'Brian   Composer
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Yoggie Musgrove   Composer

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