Lifted Off the Ground

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In the late 1990s, Chely Wright had number one singles and Top Ten albums. After releasing 2005's excellent Metropolitan Hotel on the independent Dualtone, she vanished. In the intervening years, Wright endured a personal crucible that drove her to write in order to remain sane. Songs came furiously, demanding to be written. Wondering where these songs were taking her, she cold-called Rodney Crowell, whom she barely knew. After an initial meeting in which she played him her songs, Wright dropped demos into his mailbox, and insisted he email her comments on them. Eventually, Crowell gently coaxed her to make Lifted Off the Ground for Vanguard, which he produced. This period ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In the late 1990s, Chely Wright had number one singles and Top Ten albums. After releasing 2005's excellent Metropolitan Hotel on the independent Dualtone, she vanished. In the intervening years, Wright endured a personal crucible that drove her to write in order to remain sane. Songs came furiously, demanding to be written. Wondering where these songs were taking her, she cold-called Rodney Crowell, whom she barely knew. After an initial meeting in which she played him her songs, Wright dropped demos into his mailbox, and insisted he email her comments on them. Eventually, Crowell gently coaxed her to make Lifted Off the Ground for Vanguard, which he produced. This period also resulted in her memoir, Like Me, published on the day of this release. Crowell's production is simple yet elegant. Performer and producer focused on getting this beautifully articulated, brutally poignant, 11-song cycle across as directly as possible. Wright, once regarded as a singer and performer, has become a songwriter of consequence here. The set opens with "Broken," where her protagonist addresses a lover with the same trust issues she is plagued with: "Why can't you just believe in me/Not everyone is the enemy…I'm wagin' war up in my head/Last time I loved it nearly left me dead…." Acoustic guitars with a bassline pushing them are accented by a drum kit and a Fender Rhodes, which lilt around her lyrics, letting them reveal themselves airily. "Notes to the Coroner" is an uptempo tune that addresses what might once have been a real possibility. Woven electric and acoustic guitars, popping bass patterns, and subtle drums underscore her lyrics' chilling details of the protagonist's demise as a B-3 paints the tag lines. More sarcastic than morbid, it still comes from an enormous ball of pain. Things get even darker on the haunting "Snow Globe" before they begin to transition. First, there's self-doubt expressed on "Like Me," before the desire for another state of being asserts itself on the rocking "That Train." "Damn Liar" moves through anger, as country and rock meet the blues in an infectious melody. That theme is echoed in "Object of Your Rejection," though the grain of Wright's voice has changed: she's squarely looking at and confronting her offender with acceptance, and this is reflected in the melody and tempo. "Shadows of Doubt" closes the set with a steely resolve that is grounded in humility and an honest vulnerability. Lifted Off the Ground is easily the most harrowing and lovely recording in Wright's catalog. Crowell's ability to guide songs rather than helm them aided her in accomplishing the most difficult task an artist can encounter: complete reinvention. Wright has succeeded in spades.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707808125
  • Catalog Number: 78081
  • Sales rank: 48,088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broken (3:37)
  2. 2 Heavenly Days (3:44)
  3. 3 Hang Out In Your Heart (4:28)
  4. 4 Notes To the Coroner (3:27)
  5. 5 Snow Globe (3:32)
  6. 6 Like Me (3:50)
  7. 7 That Train (4:19)
  8. 8 Damn Liar (4:03)
  9. 9 Wish Me Away (3:36)
  10. 10 Object of Your Rejection (3:43)
  11. 11 Shadows of Doubt (6:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chely Wright Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Rodney Crowell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
John Ferraro Drums
John Hobbs Organ, Keyboards
Chris McHugh Drums
Michael Rhodes Bass
Randy Scruggs Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Vaughan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Cheryl White Background Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin Cello, Viola
Will Kimbrough Acoustic Guitar
Tim Lauer Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Pump Organ
Chris Rodriguez Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Jedd Hughes Acoustic Guitar
Jeremy Lister Background Vocals
John Jorgensen Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Tanya Hancheroff Background Vocals
Micol Davis Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Composer, Producer
Peter Coleman Engineer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Chely Wright Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another great cd

    While this cd is a departure in tone from previous albums, the songs are just as wonderful. The songs reflect Chely's personal situation and struggles. They are relatable to anyone going through a difficult time, and hopefully will help them see things in a different light. I've listened to it multiple times in the day that i purchased it and it wi remain in my "go to" list of cds for a long time to come. Great Job Chely

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Departure for her, but a great CD

    First of all, to the few true Chely fans out there, the ones who have been with her since Day 1 and own every CD, this disc is a departure for her, in the way the Dixie Chicks "Taking the Long Way" was a departure from their earlier work.

    This CD is worth the money for me. There are no songs that are destined to be radio hits on here, but that is usually the case with very well-written songs. Chely makes you feel what she is feeling in every single tune on here. The album is kind of folksy, and contains many slower and mid-tempo songs, but is a great listen.

    My favorite track is "Notes to the Coroner", which is one of the up-tempo songs. This is a song that any woman who has been through a heartwrenching breakup can relate to. She sings from the perspective of someone who died from a broken heart. It would be depressing had it been a slower song, but the uptempo speed of it makes it a gem.

    Another standout is "Object of Your Rejection". She sings from a jilted woman's perspective about how she will never leave her lover's thoughts.

    The albums first single is "Broken" and that is another great track. It's a song about a woman who is broken from past relationships, speaking to a potential lover who is also broken from past relationships. Great song.

    The album also has glimmers here or there that reveal what has been revealed in her books and in the media in the past 2 weeks - that she is a lesbian country singer. Unlike past songs, she doesn't refer to lovers or past lover's as "he" in any track. "Like Me" she is speaking directly of a former lover, asking who she'll hold hands with next, a "beautiful woman or a tall handsome man". A very brave song to write, considering she is risking bannishment from the country music community. I commend her for that.

    Overall, a great folksy album that everyone should give a listen to. It may take a couple of full listens - I wasn't sold on it initially, but it grew on me to the point where I absolutely love it now - it will be worth the money spent.

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