Haunted [Bonus Track]

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Baltin
Poe's 1995 debut, Hello, established her as a potential star, a post-modern troubadour with catchy hooks, smart lyrics, and a provocative attitude. On her long-overdue follow-up, Haunted, Poe takes all of those attributes and multiplies them exponentially, not only delivering on all that promise but blowing past it. The explosive "Wild" features furious guitars and Poe sampling her own "la-la-la" bridge from Hello's title track. Just as impressive and even more powerful is Haunted's finale, the gorgeous, acoustic "If I Were Here." The song, which opens with a friend's daughter whispering "I miss you" and includes a vocal sample of Poe's late father, exposes raw emotion ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Baltin
Poe's 1995 debut, Hello, established her as a potential star, a post-modern troubadour with catchy hooks, smart lyrics, and a provocative attitude. On her long-overdue follow-up, Haunted, Poe takes all of those attributes and multiplies them exponentially, not only delivering on all that promise but blowing past it. The explosive "Wild" features furious guitars and Poe sampling her own "la-la-la" bridge from Hello's title track. Just as impressive and even more powerful is Haunted's finale, the gorgeous, acoustic "If I Were Here." The song, which opens with a friend's daughter whispering "I miss you" and includes a vocal sample of Poe's late father, exposes raw emotion that's both brutal and beautiful. Poe once again showcases the attitude that made "Angry Johnny" a smash. The sexy, drum-heavy "Control" and "Not a Virgin," built around an aggressive, repetitious beat, display a confident bravado. Haunted is a heady, emotionally complex work that's as infectious and accessible as it is cerebral.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Seductive singer/songwriter and producer Poe returns with a bombastic second release Haunted, making for a mind-blowing intimate account of her relationship with her father, well-known lecturer and talented documentary filmmaker Tad Danielewski. Shifting around the gnarling reign of powerhouse femininity draped over her debut Hello 1995, Poe is much stronger on Haunted's layers of therapy, and that's certainly impressive for a sophomore effort. She splices in spooky stints of her late father's recorded voice to converse with him in an attempt at closeness, therefore making Haunted a story of sorts. It is more like a story anyway: Poe's novelist brother Mark Z. Danielewski wrote The House of Leaves 2000, and the music found on Haunted is an eerie account of the book itself, serving cathartic measures for both Poe and her brother. The overall album is sexy, in fact hauntingly so with Poe's vocals growling and bellowing for self-appreciation and individualism, especially on the title track and "Control." The third song into the record, "Control" is an excellent track with crashing percussion and mysterious backdrops from her father, which are layered over goth-like string arrangements and Poe's emotional roar. The quick flamenco stylings of "Spanish Doll" are sheer in the face of the tempestuous "Walk the Walk," and "Wild" keeps up with the bold in the midst of its brisk, moody complexity due to Poe's self-searching process of acceptance and retaliation at being disregarded. Haunted's initial concept alone is brilliant. Poe has outdone herself creatively and artistically; the drum machines and overlapping guitar riffs among her sampled vocals and stretched lyrics make this album more of a modern-day epic. It is also a sweet tribute to her late father, and a nice composite to speak to him. Sadly, Poe's work might not be welcomed in the mainstream, which is disappointing because her original compositions have the makings for a new music revolution alongside the likes of Radiohead's Kid A. Haunted is in its own class of twisted intelligence and beauty. [The album's 2004 reissue included a remix of "Hey Pretty."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Sheridan Square
  • UPC: 821838257424
  • Catalog Number: 825742
  • Sales rank: 13,054

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Exploration (1:11)
  2. 2 Haunted (5:20)
  3. 3 Control (6:03)
  4. 4 Terrible Thought (4:41)
  5. 5 Walk the Walk (4:50)
  6. 6 Terrified Heart (0:52)
  7. 7 Wild (9:00)
  8. 8 5 1/2 Minute Hallway (3:33)
  9. 9 Not a Virgin (3:42)
  10. 10 Hey Pretty (3:45)
  11. 11 Dear Johnny (0:50)
  12. 12 Could've Gone Mad (5:21)
  13. 13 Lemon Meringue (3:22)
  14. 14 Spanish Doll (4:53)
  15. 15 House of Leaves (1:48)
  16. 16 Amazed (6:23)
  17. 17 If You Were Here (5:20)
  18. 18 Hey Pretty (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poe Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
Benmont Tench Keyboards
David Campbell Viola
Larry Corbett Cello
Brandon Fields Saxophone
Josh Freese Drums
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Trevor Lawrence Drums
Arik Marshall Guitar, Track Performer
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
John O'Brien Guitar, Keyboards
Olle Romo Keyboards
Michael Urbano Drums
Patrick Warren chamberlain
Joey Waronker Drums
Amp Fiddler Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Mike Elizondo Bass Guitar
Melissa Rogers Vocals
Daris Adkins Guitar
Emerson Swinford Guitar, Track Performer
Charlie Bisherat Violin
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Guitar
Tad Z. Danielewski Spoken Word
Samantha Rogers Spoken Word
Proscilla Loeb Spoken Word
Melissa Rogers Spoken Word
Madison Rubeli Spoken Word
Mark Z. Danielewski Human Whistle, Spoken Word
Kenneth Burgomaster Keyboards
Technical Credits
Matthew Wilder Composer, Producer, Audio Production
David Campbell Arranger, String Arrangements
Jerry Hey Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Phil Kaffel Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Jamie Muhoberac Sound Design
John O'Brien Composer, Programming, Audio Production
Olle Romo Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Sound Design, Drum Editing
Matt Wallace Audio Production
Josh Clayton-Felt Composer
Poe Composer, Programming, Remixing, Audio Production
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Chad Bamford Engineer
Mike Elizondo Composer
Kirk Fyvie Engineer
Daris Adkins Composer
Cleo Sullivan Art Conception
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Composer
Toby Skard Composer
Mike Urbano Audio Production
Mark Z. Danielewski Composer
Kenneth Burgomaster Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different...But Love It!!

    The cd is great! Its songs are unique, interesting, and easy to listen to. This cd is a little less mainstream than her first (called Hello). Regardless of whether you like her brother's book, the cd is great. I personally liked her brother's book, and the cd made the book more enjoyable....but that's just me :) Definitely listen to the samples on this site and see for yourself. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD when disassociated with "House of Leaves"

    Good melodies and arrangements. The performances and production are good, though at times a bit vanilla. On it's own its a great CD that many will not be disappointed with. The thing that bothers me most is the interpretation of the CDs inspiration. The novel "House of Leaves," by Poe's brother Mark Z. Danielewski, is creepy, twisted, dark, deep, and layered. Poe's songs that attempt to tell the story are poppy, light, and one-dimensional. The jazzy little riffs and upbeat melodies accompanying lyrics like "splintered coffin" just don't fit. I think she just doesn't get it. Such a book would be better represented by artists like Swans ("Great Annihilator", or "White Light from the Mouth of Infinity"), and not someone that sounds like Sheryl Crow.

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