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Hold on Too Tight
     

Hold on Too Tight

by Schooner
 
Reid Johnson, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who is the creative force behind Chapel Hill, NC band Schooner, has a thorough knowledge of pop
ock music that he puts to use on the group's second full-length disc, Hold on Too Tight. The title may be a reference to his impressionistic, run-along lyrics, which feature an "I" and a "you" who may have, or have had

Overview

Reid Johnson, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who is the creative force behind Chapel Hill, NC band Schooner, has a thorough knowledge of pop
ock music that he puts to use on the group's second full-length disc, Hold on Too Tight. The title may be a reference to his impressionistic, run-along lyrics, which feature an "I" and a "you" who may have, or have had, a romantic connection that is, or was, in trouble, although things are not spelled out precisely. In "Pray for You to Die," he describes one way in which such a relationship might be severed, softening the blow by setting the lyric to a doo wop ballad tune that makes the track sound like a record from the early '60s, complete with twangy Duane Eddy-style lead guitar playing. "Married" suggests another conclusion, in the sense that "you" apparently have married somebody else. But the narrative structure is for the most part simply a device to hang random observations on, and the lyrics seem less important than Schooner's music, which is simultaneously ambitious and off-hand. This may be a way of having it both ways when their tastes are sophisticated, but their abilities limited. It is supposed to be one of the charms of indie music that it has a spontaneous, thrown-together feel, so that it doesn't matter if the ideas are only partially realized. That may be appropriate when the ideas themselves are not so promising, but can be frustrating when they are. Brian Wilson, an obvious influence on Johnson ("Leaving Your Room" is something of an answer song to the Beach Boys' "In My Room"), always made a point of using the best studios and the best musicians to make his records. Schooner may not yet have those options; when they do, and when Johnson gets a slightly better handle on what he's trying to say, they are liable to make some excellent music. The potential is apparent here.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
54-40 Or Fight
UPC:
0687474175924
catalogNumber:
33

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Performance Credits

Schooner   Primary Artist
Kathryn Johnson   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Andy Magowan   Group Member
Scott Phillips   Accordion
Maria Albani   Vocals,Group Member
Mark Lebetkin   Viola
Dave Bjorkback   Glockenspiel,Group Member
Tripp Cox   Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Tambourine,Guitar (Tremolo),Group Member
Megan Culton   Cello,Vocals,Group Member
Andy Magowan   Vocals
Luke Berchowitz   Mandolin
Mark Riebold   Vocals
Megan Culton   Cello
Billy Alphin   Bongos
Billy Sugarfix   Theremin
Elise Pohl   Vocals
Dave Bjorkback   Glockenspiel
Reid Johnson   Guitar
Pox Family Singers   Vocals
Abby Pearce   Vocals

Technical Credits

Zeno Gill   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Schooner   Composer
Reid Johnson   Composer

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