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Goodnight Tender

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Though singer/songwriter Amy Ray has flirted with the boundaries of country music via her Americana outings -- Prom from 2005 and 2012's Lung of Love in 2012 -- until now, she's never attempted to engage in it fully. Goodnight Tender, the Indigo Girl's sixth solo album, collects 12 songs that delve into a rootsy hybrid that uses country as a solid base, but threads elements of bluegrass, folk, country, gospel, and rock through its songs. She produced all but three tunes here, and co-produced the rest with Phil Cook. First single "Oyster and Pearl" is a slow, bittersweet, gospel-tinged number that features a tender Wurlitzer organ and the first of several appearances by Bon ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Though singer/songwriter Amy Ray has flirted with the boundaries of country music via her Americana outings -- Prom from 2005 and 2012's Lung of Love in 2012 -- until now, she's never attempted to engage in it fully. Goodnight Tender, the Indigo Girl's sixth solo album, collects 12 songs that delve into a rootsy hybrid that uses country as a solid base, but threads elements of bluegrass, folk, country, gospel, and rock through its songs. She produced all but three tunes here, and co-produced the rest with Phil Cook. First single "Oyster and Pearl" is a slow, bittersweet, gospel-tinged number that features a tender Wurlitzer organ and the first of several appearances by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on banjo and vocal harmonies. He plays a mean mandolin and sings backup with Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire on the bluegrass-inspired "The Gig That Matters." Ray's mandolin, along with Adrian Carter's fiddle and Matt Smith's forceful pedal steel, fuel the Cajun-inspired country rock of "Duane Allman" (a tune that also features a stellar harmony vocal from Susan Tedeschi). Ray has always been convincing when it comes to delivering sad love songs. The shuffling "Time Zone," with its weeping pedal steel, the two-stepping honky tonk of "More Pills," and the parlor room waltz "Broken Record" all fit that bill beautifully. The title track with Kelly Hogan singing harmony, "Let the Spirit" with Vernon in that role, and closer "When You Come for Me" -- a stirring duet with McEntire -- are all gospel-tinged numbers that address mortality head-on without melancholy or morbidity, but a humble acceptance of a grander mystery. In the hands of a lesser songwriter, an album like this could feel constrained or even cloying, but Ray is in full command of her own gifts on Goodnight Tender. Her use of country music as a way of getting these songs across is not only convincing, it's compelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2014
  • Label: Daemon Records
  • UPC: 767691905921
  • Catalog Number: 19059
  • Sales rank: 24,377

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hunter's Prayer (3:36)
  2. 2 Oyster and Pearl (4:00)
  3. 3 The Gig That Matters (3:41)
  4. 4 Time Zone (4:26)
  5. 5 Anyhow (3:03)
  6. 6 Duane Allman (2:51)
  7. 7 More Pills (3:35)
  8. 8 Broken Record (3:12)
  9. 9 Goodnight Tender (4:01)
  10. 10 My Dog (2:23)
  11. 11 Let the Spirit (4:05)
  12. 12 When You Come For Me (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amy Ray Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jim Brock Percussion, Drums
Kelly Hogan Harmony
Susan Tedeschi Harmony
Jon Ashley Harmony
Adrian Carter Fiddle
Brian Speiser Harmony
Justin Vernon Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Slide Mandolin, Harmony
Jake Hopping Standup Bass
Jeff Fielder Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Piano, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Harmony, Guitar (Baritone)
Heather McEntire Vocals, Harmony
Hannah Thomas Harmony
Brad Cook Electric Bass, Harmony
Terry Lonergan Drums
Phil Cook Banjo, Piano, Wurlitzer, Harmony
Matt Smith Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Mark Greenberg Engineer
Amy Ray Composer, Producer
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Brian Joseph Piano Engineer
Brian Speiser Producer, Engineer
Pete Lyman Mastering
Heather McEntire Composer
Denise Plumb Artwork
Bobby Tis Engineer
Jaron Pearlman Engineer
Phil Cook Producer
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