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Goodnight, San Francisco

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The Bittersweets' sound is satisfying in a way that's almost physical, like eating a big chunk of solid, crusty bread: it's crunchy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside, and there's a hidden artfulness in its deceptively straightforward simplicity. On their second album the lineup has been stripped down from the debut's quintet to a trio augmented by various session players, and the songs vary in tone and texture from sharp and lean to big and rich. Hannah Prater still has that muscular, whiskey-edged, Maria McKee-ish voice going for her, and uses it to particularly fine effect on the roots rocking "Wreck," the subtly complex "My Sweet Love," and the soft and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The Bittersweets' sound is satisfying in a way that's almost physical, like eating a big chunk of solid, crusty bread: it's crunchy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside, and there's a hidden artfulness in its deceptively straightforward simplicity. On their second album the lineup has been stripped down from the debut's quintet to a trio augmented by various session players, and the songs vary in tone and texture from sharp and lean to big and rich. Hannah Prater still has that muscular, whiskey-edged, Maria McKee-ish voice going for her, and uses it to particularly fine effect on the roots rocking "Wreck," the subtly complex "My Sweet Love," and the soft and regretful "When the War Is Over." When the Bittersweets stray from the meat-and-potatoes strength of their ensemble sound, the results are mixed: "45" is a sluggish and self-indulgent song with a flat, featureless melody, and "Tidal Waves" goes just a little bit too heavy on the pedal steel guitar. But there's no arguing with the delicate loveliness of "Blue" or the gorgeous midtempo country rocker "Birmingham." Despite a couple of slightly disappointing moments, Goodnight, San Francisco is a solid winner overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397448626
  • Catalog Number: 4486
  • Sales rank: 405,819

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wreck (4:20)
  2. 2 Blue (3:55)
  3. 3 Is Anyone Safe? (4:48)
  4. 4 Birmingham (3:49)
  5. 5 45 (3:59)
  6. 6 My Sweet Love (3:39)
  7. 7 Bordertown (4:18)
  8. 8 Tidal Waves (4:30)
  9. 9 Lies (4:30)
  10. 10 Goodnight, San Francisco (3:52)
  11. 11 When the War Is Over (4:21)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Bittersweets Primary Artist
Doug Lancio Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Baritone)
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar
Jason Lehning Synthesizer, Electric Guitar
David Henry Violin, Cello
David Jacques Bass
Steve Bowman Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
John Deaderick Organ
Lex Price Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar
Thad Cockrell Background Vocals
James DiGirolamo Organ, Piano
Kyle Andrews Bass
Hannah Prater Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Meyers Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Wurlitzer, Group Member
Technical Credits
Jim DeMain Mastering
David Henry Engineer
Richard McLaurin Engineer
Elijah Shaw Engineer
Lex Price Producer, Engineer
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