Hello Cruel World

Hello Cruel World

by Mars Arizona
     
 

On their third album, Mars Arizona -- the duo of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Nicole Storto and singer, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter Paul Knowles -- complete their transformation into a cosmic country band marked by Knowles' twang-heavy guitar work and Storto's bluesy, tear-stained vocals. Guest David Grisman adds his tasteful…  See more details below

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On their third album, Mars Arizona -- the duo of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Nicole Storto and singer, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter Paul Knowles -- complete their transformation into a cosmic country band marked by Knowles' twang-heavy guitar work and Storto's bluesy, tear-stained vocals. Guest David Grisman adds his tasteful mandolin to the opener, "Dirty Town," a forlorn song of death and dissolution with a poetic, surrealistic lyric. Pedal steel and Dobro ace Al Perkins (Emmylou Harris & the Hot Band) and San Francisco Bay Area classical/country fiddler Alisa Rose are also along for the ride down this desolate stretch of highway. "Earth" laments the ecological disaster we're courting, with Knowles playing funereal Southern gospel piano while Storto sings the bleak lyric and Rose supplies bluesy, moaning fiddle. "Wait for the River" is another tune that combines personal and natural disasters in a noxious cocktail. The covers give their usual Mars AZ twists, including a Marc Bolan tune from his acoustic Tyrannosaurus Rex years, "By the Light of a Magical Moon," played in a country two-step rhythm highlighted by Perkins' pedal steel and crackling acoustic lead guitar byAndon Davis, and a somber "Blue Kentucky Girl" with Knowles supplying some tasty Dobro fills. The African-American folk song "In the Pines" features the duo's raw wordless harmonies, perfect to suggest the pain of infidelity hinted at in the lyric, while Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" is given an apocalyptic Bakersfield-style stomp with the duo's desperate harmonies and Knowles' psychedelic country guitar growling in the background.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Big Barn Records
UPC:
0837101418294
catalogNumber:
3
Rank:
307195

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mars Arizona   Primary Artist
Billy Block   Drums
David Grisman   Mandolin
Andon T. Davis   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Cory Stuck   Drums
Alisa Rose   Fiddle,Violin
Samson Grisman   Upright Bass
Paul Knowles   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
D.B. Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Nicole Storto   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer
Marc Bolan   Composer
Tim Coats   Engineer
Stephen Jarvis   Engineer
Joey Muller   Engineer
Cory Stuck   Engineer
Paul Knowles   Engineer
Nicole Storto   Composer

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