Halcyon Days

Halcyon Days

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by Bruce Hornsby
     
 

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While it would be a little too extreme to -- to paraphrase Frank Zappa -- call this Bruce Hornsby's "Shut Up and Play Your Piano" album, Halcyon Days is something of a return to roots for the erstwhile ivory tickler. Whether cleaving gentle, island-kissed polyrhythms, as on the wry morality play "Gonna Be Some Changes Made," or tackling things entirely

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While it would be a little too extreme to -- to paraphrase Frank Zappa -- call this Bruce Hornsby's "Shut Up and Play Your Piano" album, Halcyon Days is something of a return to roots for the erstwhile ivory tickler. Whether cleaving gentle, island-kissed polyrhythms, as on the wry morality play "Gonna Be Some Changes Made," or tackling things entirely all-but-solo, as on the Crescent City–tinged Randy Newman sound-alike "Heir Gordon," Hornsby ensures that those 88 keys are stationed front and center. That's no mean feat when you consider the fact that he's teaming with guests such as Eric Clapton, who adds guitar to three songs while harmonizing on the good-time jaunt "Candy Mountain Run"; Sting, whose wavering tenor adds an added layer of poignancy to the title track; and Elton John, Hornsby's duet partner on "Dreamland," a late-night musing that wafts along smoothly on waves of orchestration. But despite his low-key demeanor, Hornsby has always been a forceful performer with an easily recognizable style, which he plies with abundant charisma on Halcyon Days.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Skyler Miller
Big Swing Face announced a new and improved Bruce Hornsby, one who wasn't afraid to "Try Anything Once." The lead track of Halcyon Days, "Gonna Be Some Changes Made" -- subtly echoing "The Way It Is" in its piano work -- continues this affirmation of progress, although Hornsby's growth is not sustained across the entire album. Still, the first half of Halcyon Days, while much less ambitious than Big Swing Face, starts off promisingly enough. From the poppy "Changes" to the soothing title track, Hornsby delivers an agreeable set of songs. In its own restrained way, it's a bid for commercial airplay, with guest stars Elton John, Sting, and Eric Clapton all doing their part for the cause.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969265222
catalogNumber:
92652

Tracks

  1. Gonna Be Some Changes Made  -  Sting
  2. Candy Mountain Run  - Eric Clapton  - Eric Clapton
  3. Dreamland  - Elton John
  4. Circus On The Moon
  5. Halcyon Days  -  Sting
  6. What The Hell Happened
  7. Hooray For Tom
  8. Heir Gordon
  9. Mirror On The Wall
  10. Song F
  11. Lost In The Snow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Elton John   Vocals
Sting   Vocals
Dan Reed   Violin
Lloyd Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Sonny Emory   Drums
Jeanne Ingram   Violin
Myung Hi Kim   Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Sandra Park   Violin
Wayne Pooley   Guitar
Sue Pray   Viola
Laura Seaton   Violin
Doug Derryberry   Guitar
Bobby Read   Clarinet
Paul Woodiel   Violin
J. Collier   Bass
Sarah Seiver   Cello
Eileen Moon   Cello
James "Woody" Green   Background Vocals
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Robert Rinehart   Viola
Elizabeth Dyson   Cello
Lisa Kim   Violin
Fiona Simon   Violin
Vivek Kamath   Viola
Jung Sun Yoo   Violin
Dawn Hannay   Viola
Sarah Kim   Violin
Matthew Lehmann   Violin
David Creswell   Viola
Duoming Ba   Violin
Maryia Borozina   Violin
R.S. Hornsby   Guitar
Kurt Muroki   Bass
Ayano Ninomiya   Violin
Satoshi Okamoto   Bass
Ralph Payne   Background Vocals
Donnie Stuckey   Background Vocals
Michael Roth   Violin
Soohyun Kwon   Violin
Ralph Payne   Background Vocals
Bonnie Bonaparte   Percussion
Woody Green   Background Vocals
J.V. Collier   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Simon Climie   Engineer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Kevin Halpin   Engineer
Wayne Pooley   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
John Thomas   Orchestral Arrangements
David Bett   Art Direction
Matt Still   Engineer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Peter Harris   Orchestral Arrangements

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Halcyon Days 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a die-hard Bruce Hornsby fan, but I don't like everything he has done. "Halcion Days" is no different, with great and poor on the same CD. I loved "Gonna Be Some Changes Made", "Circus On the Moon," and "Mirror On the Wall". The reason they appeal to me is that they are real music, full of interesting and creative sounds and tunes. The piano is there, of course, even though it doesn't dominate like it has at times in earlier albums. This CD is still not as good as his early albums, and the recent "Here Come the Noisemakers." I've listened to this one many times, and even the weaker songs can get stuck in your head. I'm happy with my purchase.