LadyLuck

LadyLuck

by Maria Taylor
     
 

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Maria Taylor's third solo record finds the Azure Ray alumna ruminating over a relationship gone wrong, with folksy pop
ock guitars replacing the electronic instruments on her older albums. Organs and mellotrons are still present, but LadyLuck is largely an acoustic album, dressed up with string arrangements and other flourishes but

Overview

Maria Taylor's third solo record finds the Azure Ray alumna ruminating over a relationship gone wrong, with folksy pop
ock guitars replacing the electronic instruments on her older albums. Organs and mellotrons are still present, but LadyLuck is largely an acoustic album, dressed up with string arrangements and other flourishes but largely focused on Taylor's vocals and guitar. She wields a versatile voice, one that's equally adept at crooning warm ballads and wringing the nuances out of seemingly commonplace hooks. "Oh, we dreamed a life," she sings during "Time Lapse Timeline," delivering the lines at a relaxed pace that often falls just after the beat. "It was just like that, and just like that it's gone." Occasionally, such heartbroken lyrics steer the music too avidly, and "Orchids" treads a dangerously fine line between lush, pretty balladry and magnified melancholia. But Taylor knows when to contrast her musings with her music, and she balances LadyLuck's poignancy with some surprisingly bright moments, from the summery strum of the title track (whose doot doot vocal hook and woodwind arrangement recalls Sufjan Stevens' work) to "Cartoons and Forever Plans," which features distinctive harmonies by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. Those seeking Azure Ray's dreamy pop won't find much comfort here, and Taylor's whimsical lyrics -- which, during their gooiest moments, reference things like endless dreams, hummingbirds, and green butterflies -- aren't for the cynical of heart. Still, her foray into the singer/songwriter world has been a thoroughly enjoyable one, and LadyLuck proves to be another fine release.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5037703084223
catalogNumber:
865866

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Performance Credits

Maria Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Classical Guitar
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Tracy Sands   Strings
Bill Ritchie   Strings
Scott Shoemaker   Woodwind
Judy Divis   Woodwind
Margo Romig-Motycka   Strings
Jonathan Wilson   Drums
Andy LeMaster   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron
Kimberly Salistean   Strings
Mike Mogis   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Chimes,Electric Guitar,Vibes
Mckenzie Smith   Percussion,Drums
Donna Carnes   Strings
Clark Potter   Woodwind
Ian Aeillo   Electric Guitar
Jordan Richardson   Drums
Michael Shackelford   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Macey Taylor   Bass,Vocals,Mellotron,Classical Guitar
Amy Peterson Stout   Strings
Mark Motycka   Strings
Anne Nagosky   Strings,Woodwind
Melissa Pruss   Woodwind
Craig Ryer   Keyboards,Vocals
Frank Seligman   Woodwind
Becky Vanderholm   Strings
Paul Wilson   Keyboards
Mark Motycha   Strings

Technical Credits

Danny Kalb   Producer,Engineer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Louis Schefano   Composer
Andy LeMaster   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Maria Taylor   Composer
Lukas Burton   Producer
Nate Walcott   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Ian Aeillo   Hook
Craig Ryer   Composer

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