Little Love Affairs

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Little Love Affairs, Nanci Griffith's second MCA Records album, and sixth album overall, was the crucial release in her attempt to achieve success as a Nashville-based country artist, and in that context it was a failure. But it was also an artistic success, containing 11 well-written and well-performed songs in the reflective style that the singer/songwriter had established previously. Griffith's first MCA album, Lone Star State of Mind, had been a moderate seller, reaching the Top 40 and spawning two country chart singles. MCA prefaced Little Love Affairs with perhaps its most overtly country song, "Never Mind," written by veteran songwriter Harlan Howard, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Little Love Affairs, Nanci Griffith's second MCA Records album, and sixth album overall, was the crucial release in her attempt to achieve success as a Nashville-based country artist, and in that context it was a failure. But it was also an artistic success, containing 11 well-written and well-performed songs in the reflective style that the singer/songwriter had established previously. Griffith's first MCA album, Lone Star State of Mind, had been a moderate seller, reaching the Top 40 and spawning two country chart singles. MCA prefaced Little Love Affairs with perhaps its most overtly country song, "Never Mind," written by veteran songwriter Harlan Howard, and prominently featuring a pedal-steel guitar in its arrangement, but the single's failure to crack the country Top 40 suggested trouble, confirmed when the album peaked lower than Lone Star State of Mind. "Never Mind" gave a good indication of the album's theme, embodied in its title, of carefully examining the romantic lives of common people. Howard's lovers were itinerant laborers who came out of the Depression, and other songs also looked back at stories of romance past, such as Griffith's compositions "Love Wore a Halo Back Before the War," and "So Long Ago." The music, supplied by Griffith's backup band and New Grass Revival, was in her familiar country-folk style, and her vocals, with their ringing, aching tone, conveyed the songs' sense of longing and regret effectively. Country critics and radio programmers complained that, if anything, she was too country, her voice having an off-putting twang and nasality, but that was just an excuse for rejecting her literate lyrics and sophistication. At 33, she wasn't about to become some empty-headed Nashville bimbo willing to mouth romantic clichés, and for that she paid the price of being denied country stardom. Her fans breathed a sigh of relief.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 076742210229
  • Catalog Number: 42102
  • Sales rank: 191,384

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nanci Griffith Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush Mandolin
John Stewart Electric Guitar, Vocals
Lloyd Green Dobro, Piano
Jon Goin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Hi String
Lucy Kaplansky Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Charlie Bundy Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
John Catchings Cello
Béla Fleck Banjo
Dan Flowers Slide Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Pat Flynn Acoustic Guitar
James Hooker Synthesizer, Piano
David Hungate Electric Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Upright Bass
John Jarvis Synthesizer, Piano
Mac McAnally Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Rick Marotta Drums
Mark O'Connor Mandolin, Violin, Viola
Billy Joe Walker Acoustic Guitar
Danny Flowers Slide Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Technical Credits
Nanci Griffith Producer
John Stewart Duet
Tony Brown Producer
Milan Bogdan Digital Editing
Tony Brown Producer
Bob Bullock overdub engineer
Mark J. Coddington Engineer
Tim Kish Engineer
Mac McAnally Duet
Russ Martin Engineer
Glenn Meadows Mastering
Marty Williams Engineer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer, Mastering
Daniel Flowers Composer
James H. Brown Jr. Composer
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