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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602527480862
  • Catalog Number: 001472102
  • Sales rank: 92,691

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bruise On the Sky (4:31)
  2. 2 Adios (2:13)
  3. 3 Caribbean Time (4:18)
  4. 4 Please (3:10)
  5. 5 Beneath the Underdog (4:59)
  6. 6 Dispossessed (3:53)
  7. 7 The Portal (3:53)
  8. 8 ¡Bodega! (3:39)
  9. 9 Consada Blues (4:32)
  10. 10 No Equality (4:38)
  11. 11 Absolute Elsewhere (3:50)
  12. 12 Unknown Reggae (4:32)
  13. 13 Bluebird (3:10)
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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
Greg Calbi Mastering
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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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Nellie Mckay Sweet Nellie Mckay...

    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

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