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Hope & Other Casualties
     

Hope & Other Casualties

by Mark Erelli
 

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Mark Erelli wrote "The Only Way" off his fifth solo release, Hope & Other Casualties, shortly after September 11, 2001 in response to what he saw going on around him. He then put down the ideas for the album and went on to issue two other records, The Memorial Hall Recordings and Hillbilly Pilgrim. The remaining nine songs (plus the cover of

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Mark Erelli wrote "The Only Way" off his fifth solo release, Hope & Other Casualties, shortly after September 11, 2001 in response to what he saw going on around him. He then put down the ideas for the album and went on to issue two other records, The Memorial Hall Recordings and Hillbilly Pilgrim. The remaining nine songs (plus the cover of Ron Sexsmith's "God Loves Everyone") on Hope & Other Casualties came in 2005, in the ten months spent by Erelli and producer Lorne Entress in a basement studio (Erelli played 11 instruments, Entress seven). The finished product that came out of those sessions is a nice collection, with poignant songs that find him pleading to his audience to think about others and look towards the future, questioning the behavior of modern-day America and Americans, and mourning the loss of his childhood play-spot to development. Yet Erelli doesn't come off as cynical or angry; rather, he's simply a man who wonders which way the world is headed, and who wants to do anything he can to help it, even if it just means singing of "love and truth." He has a strong, expressive voice, which ranges from a Ben Harper-like soul in "Snowed In," to a country-blues twang in the lovely "Undone." His songs are nice, too; thoughtful and melodic, optimistic even in a world filled with pessimism and jadedness. There's nothing revolutionary here: Erelli sticks pretty closely to the modern folk tradition of songwriting, but he does it well, and Hope & Other Casualties is certainly a record worth listening to.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2006
Label:
Signature Sounds
UPC:
0701237129624
catalogNumber:
1296

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Performance Credits

Mark Erelli   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Hi String,Orchestra Bells,Guitar (Baritone)
Lorne Entress   Dulcimer,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Hi String,Reed Organ,Jaw Harp
Paul Kochanski   Bass
Bruce Bears   Wurlitzer
Peter Mulvey   Vocals
Johnny Sciascia   Upright Bass
Lori McKenna   Vocals
Kris Delmhorst   Vocals
Shane Koss   Keyboards,Drum Loop
Jeffrey Foucault   Vocals
Jerry Miller   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Catie Curtis   Composer
Lorne Entress   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ron Sexsmith   Composer
Julie Lee   Composer
Mark Erelli   Composer,Producer
Meghan Dewar   Art Direction
Gabriel Unger   Art Direction

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