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Songwriters are rather scarce in the new age bins. Most vocalists in the genre seem to use their voices like a wordless instrument Enya, sing in an imaginary language Lisa Gerrard, or use vocal tones for healing. One exception is singer/songwriter David Roth, who has brightened many evenings at new age conferences worldwide. His songs are never Kumbaya pablum; Roth's music is rich with ironic plots, melodic twists and turns, and a wicked wit. In "Cutter of Stone," a lowly laborer dreams his way from rags to riches, through power trips and ego extravaganzas, only to find a stonecutter chiseling away his aspirations. "The Dream" recounts the story of Hakeem Olajuwon's ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Songwriters are rather scarce in the new age bins. Most vocalists in the genre seem to use their voices like a wordless instrument Enya, sing in an imaginary language Lisa Gerrard, or use vocal tones for healing. One exception is singer/songwriter David Roth, who has brightened many evenings at new age conferences worldwide. His songs are never Kumbaya pablum; Roth's music is rich with ironic plots, melodic twists and turns, and a wicked wit. In "Cutter of Stone," a lowly laborer dreams his way from rags to riches, through power trips and ego extravaganzas, only to find a stonecutter chiseling away his aspirations. "The Dream" recounts the story of Hakeem Olajuwon's daring NBA sneaker deal, while "I Have Learned" lists dozens of truisms, such as "I have learned that you can't hide broccoli in a glass of milk." Roth writes genuine tearjerkers, too. In "Goodbye to My Dad," he shares that he never reached his father's heart, even on his deathbed, but "I did what I could and that's all that you can. And I let the rest go." Roth also offers plenty of toe-tappers: a lively banjo propels "Two for One in Podunk Town," a tale of a small-town pizza parlor that faces the challenge of a corporate chain. The only drawback to the album is that the printed lyrics are too crammed, but Roth is such a clear and expressive singer that you may not even need to read them. Great ensemble work, too -- bass, percussion, Hammond organ, oboe, banjo, guitars -- headed by pianist David Lange.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Wind River
  • UPC: 045507401127
  • Catalog Number: 4011
  • Sales rank: 206,468

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Roth Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Linda Waterfall Vocals
Lisa Koch Vocals
John Goforth Soprano Saxophone
Mark Ivester Percussion
Orville Johnson Dobro
Tom Kellock Piano
David Lange Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Andrew Ratshin Background Vocals
John Reischman Mandolin
Nancy Rumbel English Horn, Oboe
Greg Scott Background Vocals
Janet Stecher Background Vocals
Patrice O'Neill Vocals
Tina Lear Vocals
Stephen Fissel Trombone
Susan Lewis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Roth Producer, Engineer
Cary Black Producer
David Glasser Mastering
Andrew Ratshin Graphic Design
Gary Shelton Engineer
Art Isaacs Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth every penny!

    I had the honour of seeing David Roth live at a concert in our park in Whitehall, MI this past summer. His songs, style, and humor are pure enjoyment. He's a ''must see'' if you ever get the chance.

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