Lost in America

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707979122
  • Catalog Number: 79791
  • Sales rank: 203,170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gramercy Park Hotel (4:14)
  2. 2 The Kiss (3:54)
  3. 3 Welcome to Struggleville (4:25)
  4. 4 Truly Believe (4:11)
  5. 5 Lost in America (3:19)
  6. 6 My Mystery (3:54)
  7. 7 Black and Blue (3:21)
  8. 8 Bitter and Twisted (3:37)
  9. 9 Losing Tonight (4:55)
  10. 10 Babylon (3:24)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EDWIN IS ROCKIN

    I have been a loyal fan for about 12 years and OH MY! He rocks like there is no tomorrow on this album and I continue to be utterly impressed. This is a MUST HAVE!!

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