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Gathering Mercury
     

Gathering Mercury

by Colin Hay
 

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By this, his 11th solo album, Colin Hay's records are as comfortable as a pair of old shoes that have held up for so many years you've forgotten when you purchased them. Naturally, that speaks to the cozy comfort of the fit, but it also speaks to the craft: Hay may not tread new ground but his compositions are so simple and sturdily constructed they're easy to take

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By this, his 11th solo album, Colin Hay's records are as comfortable as a pair of old shoes that have held up for so many years you've forgotten when you purchased them. Naturally, that speaks to the cozy comfort of the fit, but it also speaks to the craft: Hay may not tread new ground but his compositions are so simple and sturdily constructed they're easy to take for granted. That's especially true on Gathering Mercury, which unfolds at an unhurried pace, the tempos never rushing, the dynamics never getting heated. Although it's a full production with electric guitars, pianos, backing voices, and drums, it leaves the impression of an intimate acoustic performance, partially because the songs are so casually lyrical in their description of the everyday. Hay doesn't make the kind of records that call attention to themselves -- they're reflections of his offhand charm -- but a close listen to Gathering Mercury does reveal that there's a lot of thought behind what seems so easy.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397455129
catalogNumber:
4551
Rank:
50978

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Performance Credits

Colin Hay   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Mandola,Lap Steel Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
Michael Georgiades   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Cecilia Noel   Maracas,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chad Fischer   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Xylophone,Bells,Mellotron
Jeff Babko   Organ,Piano
Randy Cooke   Drums
Jimmy Earl   Bass
Oliver Kraus   Cello,Viola
Rob Clores   Piano,Harmonium
Sean Woolstenhulme   Electric Guitar
Kaveh Rastegar   Double Bass
Charlie Paxson   Drums
Joe Karnes   Bass
Joe Arnes   Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Georgiades   Composer
Colin Hay   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Cecilia Noel   Composer
Chad Fischer   Producer,Engineer
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements

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