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Home Sweet Mobile Home
     

Home Sweet Mobile Home

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by Nellie McKay
 
Nellie McKay's first album of new material in three years returns her to the stylistically scattershot, lyrically ingenious nature of Obligatory Villagers. As she admits herself ("I have no idea how this album happened"), McKay is working on instinct, which helps preserve not only her many idiosyncrasies but also the charming and witty nature of her songwriting

Overview

Nellie McKay's first album of new material in three years returns her to the stylistically scattershot, lyrically ingenious nature of Obligatory Villagers. As she admits herself ("I have no idea how this album happened"), McKay is working on instinct, which helps preserve not only her many idiosyncrasies but also the charming and witty nature of her songwriting. She did gain guidance from two elder sources, one being her mother Robin Pappas (a co-producer) and the other David Byrne, who recruited McKay to appear on his Imelda Marcos concept album Here Lies Love and then returned the favor by making compilations and recommending people for Home Sweet Mobile Home. Byrne's help is intriguing, since the album has all the sounds of the post-millennial global village: reggae rhythms and vocal inflections for several tracks (including "Caribbean Time"), a New Yorker's version of Latin-ized tradition for "¡Bodega!," and, as before, plenty of the good-time, slightly New Orleans-influenced jazz she's floated in the past. The album also has slightly more guitar than any since her debut. Guitars were expected on her first record, since it was produced by Geoff Emerick, but here McKay and her group appear to be attempting an "adult-alternative pop" crossover of some type. Lyrically, she continues the incisive satire and parody heard on her earlier material. (The first line on Obligatory Villagers was "Feminists don't have a sense of humor," while Home Sweet Mobile Home begins with "The New York Times invents the news.") While her mood inevitably varies from track to track, McKay, more often than before, sounds as though circa-2000s malaise has infected her songwriting; the opener, "Bruise on the Sky," is especially dark (its chorus ends "What I hoped would be my rainbow, was just a bruise on the sky"). "Beneath the Underdog" and "No Equality" are equally dispirited, nearly fatalistic, despite the latter's airing as an organ-led soul jam.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602527480862
catalogNumber:
001472102
Rank:
322154

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nellie McKay   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Clarinet,Percussion,Piano,Cello,Marimbas,Saxophone,Ukulele,Vocals
Brian Jobson   Bass
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Jim Daniels   Tuba
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Bob Glaub   Bass
Wayne Jobson   Guitar
Reggie McBride   Bass
Barry O'Hare   Keyboards
Cary Park   Guitar
David Raven   Drums
Paul Rostock   Bass
Paul Holderbaum   Saxophone
Mark Visher   Clarinet,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Paul Wells   Drums
Tim Carbone   Violin
Willie Murillo   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Spencer Reed   Guitar
Joslyn "Speckles" McKenzie   Drums
Rick Chamberlain   Trombone
Ben Bynum   Drums
Lance Rauh   Saxophone
Lucien Ceran   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kent Heckman   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Neil Case   Engineer
Paul Holderbaum   Horn Arrangements
Mark Visher   Horn Arrangements
Nellie McKay   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Paintings
Ichiho Nishiki   Engineer
Willie Murillo   Horn Arrangements
Steve Martin   Booking
Ron Stone   Management
Robin Pappas   Producer,Management
Tom Gloady   Engineer
David Schoenwetter   Engineer
MP Kuo   Engineer
Craig Parker Adams   Engineer
Carla Parisi   Publicity
Walter Fischbacher   Engineer
Ted Tuthill   Engineer
Camden Chamberlain   Engineer
Reed Davis   Engineer
Vanessa Marisak   Illustrations

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Home Sweet Mobile Home 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SparklyAthena More than 1 year ago
I work in retail and one of the perks/curses is that I have to listen to our music selection repeatedly. One of the cd's I didn't mind listening to at all, and actually got excited to hear everytime it played, was Nellie Mckay's 'Home Sweet Mobile'. I'm a big fan of cover art, sometimes I'll pick a cd up based on it's cover art alone. Home Sweet Mobile Home's cover art is cute in the tradition of folk art and the music is absolutely beautiful. Her voice is awesome and smooth. I never tire of this album. It's great for long car rides or cleaning your house lol