Gretchen Peters

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Gretchen Peters has written her fair share of hit songs for other artists. Perhaps she ought to start thinking about keeping some of those for herself, because she's got the spunk and passion to make it on her own, and an earthy, attitude-filled voice similar to Jo Dee Messina's to put the edge on her material. Blending rock propulsion with honky-tonk energy, Peters's songs explore the shadow world of relationships, where answers can be elusive. The sizzling "I Don't Know" lays out all the contradictory emotions while ultimately advising the listener that if it feels good, it probably is. Peters is even more effective when she cools things down. On the Tom Waits-ish ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Gretchen Peters has written her fair share of hit songs for other artists. Perhaps she ought to start thinking about keeping some of those for herself, because she's got the spunk and passion to make it on her own, and an earthy, attitude-filled voice similar to Jo Dee Messina's to put the edge on her material. Blending rock propulsion with honky-tonk energy, Peters's songs explore the shadow world of relationships, where answers can be elusive. The sizzling "I Don't Know" lays out all the contradictory emotions while ultimately advising the listener that if it feels good, it probably is. Peters is even more effective when she cools things down. On the Tom Waits-ish "Love and Texaco," she mourns a good man she let go, as her band conjures a woozy ambiance defined by bluesy organ, yearning guitar lines, and quietly thumping acoustic bass. While many of these stories are about "lambs gone astray," as Peters sings in the album-closing confession, "Revival," none of those lambs are left without hope. Ditto the listener.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Chart-topping country songwriter Gretchen Peters filled her own debut album, The Secret of Life, with guest performances by friends in high places such as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Raul Malo. While the songs were strong, the performances only served to overshadow Peters' true strength: it lay in her own voice singing her songs. On her self-titled sophomore effort, she and producer Green Daniel play it closer to the vest in terms of personnel, while offering a far more adventurous sampling of Peters' wares. Bryan Adams makes a backing vocal appearance, but his is the only name that folks outside the Nash Vegas studio system would be familiar with. Peters stacks her band with veterans, such as longtime keyboard ace Barry Walsh, organist Steve Conn, and guitarist Michael Severs, and she and Daniel handle most of the rest aside from horns and strings. The songs range from the stellar opener, "Souvenirs," with its laid-back hand percussion and Caribbean feel, to rootsy alterna-country like "In a Better World," moody ballads like "Love and Texaco," the truly beautiful and moving "Amelia and Me," the midtempo, lushly orchestrated "Like Water into Wine," and the truly enigmatic "Picasso and Me," which could have been covered by Rickie Lee Jones in her beat days. This is a musical autobiography, a concept recording about coming of age, bittersweet memories, and the haunting of a life with old ghosts. While it didn't even grace the country Top 100, it doesn't matter. Peters, simply because of her songwriting skill (just ask Martina McBride, Patty Loveless, and Trisha Yearwood, to name three artists who've scored number ones with Peters' tunes), deserves to be taken seriously as an artist, one who helped to shape contemporary country while playing both sides of the studio system fence without making any sort of artistic compromise. Her 2007 record Burnt Toast & Offerings was the delivery of the promise on her earlier records, of which this one particularly stands out as a work of real art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2006
  • Label: Tone Tree Music
  • UPC: 618321513323
  • Catalog Number: 5637315006
  • Sales rank: 373,036

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Souvenirs (4:47)
  2. 2 In a Perfect World (3:23)
  3. 3 I Don't Know (4:38)
  4. 4 Love and Texaco (4:01)
  5. 5 Love Is a Drug (3:52)
  6. 6 Like Water into Wine (4:41)
  7. 7 Eddie's First Wife (4:02)
  8. 8 Picasso and Me (2:57)
  9. 9 Lilies of the Field (4:12)
  10. 10 Waiting for Amelia (4:28)
  11. 11 Revival (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gretchen Peters Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Electric Sitar
Robert Mason Strings
Brian Barnett Percussion, Drums, Drum Loop
Steve Conn Hammond Organ
David Davidson Strings
Connie Ellisor Strings
Dave Francis Bass
John Gardner Percussion, Drums
Barry Green Trombone
Jim Grosjean Strings
Mike Haynes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Kramer Mandolin
Lee Larrison Strings
Dave Pomeroy Bass, Electric Bass
Michael Severs Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Alan Umstead Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Strings
Barry Walsh Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Monisa Angell Strings
Green Daniel Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
Connie Ellisor String Arrangements, String Conductor
Ken Love Mastering
Chris Potter Engineer
David Pinkston Engineer
Gretchen Peters Producer
Bart Pursley Engineer
Green Daniel Producer, Horn Arrangements
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