Lost in America

Lost in America

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by Edwin McCain
     
 

This southern string-slinger has gone through a number of mutations over the years, from old-school roadhouse rocker to Diane Warren-dependent pop purveyor. Since abandoning the latter stance in the late '90s, McCain has settled into his own skin quite well. Lost in America finds him well ensconced in his comfort zone -- a niche where he and his band can playSee more details below

Overview

This southern string-slinger has gone through a number of mutations over the years, from old-school roadhouse rocker to Diane Warren-dependent pop purveyor. Since abandoning the latter stance in the late '90s, McCain has settled into his own skin quite well. Lost in America finds him well ensconced in his comfort zone -- a niche where he and his band can play both nice 'n' easy and nice 'n' rough. The latter approach is particularly well represented here, in hardscrabble rockers like "Welcome to Struggleville," which underscores its tales of heartland hardships with guitar lines that sear like hot pokers. There's a similarly wizened tone to "Gramercy Park Hotel," a burnished, organ-laced kiss-off to those who inhabit the corner offices in the business for which McCain works in the trenches. Throughout the disc, McCain beseeches listeners to join in battle against the creeping malaise he sees all around him -- sometimes with wry humor, as on the title track, which finds him taking on the character of a post-millennial snake-oil salesman, and sometimes with white-knuckled passion, as on the soaring "Bitter and Twisted." Like kindred spirit John Mellencamp, McCain never crosses the line into preaching, though, so Lost in America never feels like a dissertation -- just a rock album that aims for the head as well as the heart.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Edwin McCain's seventh studio effort, Lost in America, features more of the heartfelt, adult contemporary rock he's become known for. Falling somewhere between the classicist melodic pop of Matthew Sweet and the more contemporary songcraft of Train, McCain has a knack for mixing melodies and lyrics that hark back as much to the workman-like aesthetic of '60s Brill Building pop as it does to '70s singer/songwriters. While nothing on Lost in America stands out as much as his biggest hit, "I'll Be," off his 1999 album Messenger, fans of that song should find much to like here. Notably, such jangly, evocative, and emotionally resonate tunes as "The Kiss," "My Mystery," and "Losing Tonight" are immediately likeable.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707979122
catalogNumber:
79791
Rank:
239048

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Edwin McCain   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Larry Chaney   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dave Harrison   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Pete Riley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Craig Wright   Cajon,Shaker,Udu
Craig Shields   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Wurlitzer
Lee Hendricks   Bass

Technical Credits

Kevn Kinney   Composer
Larry Chaney   Composer
Billy Chapin   Composer
Noel Golden   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Dave Harrison   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Stan Lynch   Composer
Bill Mallonee   Composer
Pete Riley   Composer
Maia Sharp   Composer
Edwin McCain   Composer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Shawn Grove   Engineer,Digital Editing
Danijel Zezelj   Illustrations
Phillip Ducker   Live Sound
Marcus Suarez   Engineer

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