Love Comes Quietly

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Love Comes Quietly, issued on Leni Stern's own LSR imprint -- thank God she was smart and got off the label-chasing bandwagon years ago to do exactly what she wanted to do -- is her 15th album proper. The debate has simmered down about her choice to sing and write songs outside the genre, and whether or not she can actually sing. How pitiful. Stern is an artist. Pure and simple. Love Comes Quietly is a collection of very poetic songs about tenderness. It is gentle, open, and therefore vulnerable. Think about it: tenderness. There are four instrumentals here, out of 13 tracks. She collaborates with musicians such as bassist James Genus, drummer Keith Carlock, slide guitarist ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Love Comes Quietly, issued on Leni Stern's own LSR imprint -- thank God she was smart and got off the label-chasing bandwagon years ago to do exactly what she wanted to do -- is her 15th album proper. The debate has simmered down about her choice to sing and write songs outside the genre, and whether or not she can actually sing. How pitiful. Stern is an artist. Pure and simple. Love Comes Quietly is a collection of very poetic songs about tenderness. It is gentle, open, and therefore vulnerable. Think about it: tenderness. There are four instrumentals here, out of 13 tracks. She collaborates with musicians such as bassist James Genus, drummer Keith Carlock, slide guitarist Stephen Bruton (associated with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to the two Bobs, Dylan and Neuwirth), Alejandro Escovedo, violinist Ernesto Villa Lobos, and many others. Stern thanks the late poet Robert Creeley in her acknowledgements; Creeley is a pointer for these songs. His poetry was cut to the bone, it dissected the marrow of subject, emotion, and impulse and wove that essence into something charged with a quiet, insistent energy that was a kind of ethereal force. You entered his world if you encountered his words at all. These songs do the same. For the most part, they are stripped-down, skeletal almost, translucent. Production is far from studio-perfect-standard. These songs have energy, a roughewn grace, and above all, they are emotion itself. There isn't an insincere moment here. Stern opens the record with "Cheyenne," an acoustic ballad rooted in the English-cum-Appalachian folk tradition. She extrapolates it to include her own muted electric guitar solo, Villa Lobos violin, and the bansuri flute of Steve Gorn in the margins. Simply put, "Have Faith in Me" is among the more beautiful love songs to be recorded in a few years. Walking the line between Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones, Stern colors the tune with impressionstic tones using her Rhodes guitar, a violin, and backing vocals. It resonates and floats all at the same time, its lyric cutting away metaphor to reach inside. She gets into the rocking blues groove on "Beauty Queen," and moves back and forth through jazz and folk in the title track, with Gorn's flute adding depth and dimension to the body of the tune. "Inshallah" is the album's strangest track in that it melds Middle Eastern mode and Gypsy-Spanish melodies. It is Villa Lobos' violin that is the force driving the cut. It's a story-song, different from anything else here. You'll either love it or hate it. Then there's her reading of the traditional Indian ballad "Rseke Bare Tore Nain," which she first heard on the soundtrack to Monsoon Wedding. The back to back cuts "The Road to Hell" and "Angelina" are beautifully crafted, adult alternative, jazzy pop with a funky backbone, though the lyrics are poignant in both tunes. The disc ends with "Carolina," an instrumental that melds, again, North African drone with traditional blues and folk elements to create a way of moving toward silence. The violin of Villa Lobos offers the balance to the bansuri and creates two different emotions simultaneously: sadness at leaving, and the quiet, nostalgic feeling of returning home. Even in her instrumentals, Stern offers a sense of humble yet mysterious adventure to the listener. Love Comes Quietly is the most poetic and realized of Stern's recordings. This would be a fine place to introduce yourself to a musician of uncommon caliber and vision.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 898225000925
  • Catalog Number: 1035
  • Sales rank: 249,573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cheyenne (5:01)
  2. 2 Have Faith in Me (4:01)
  3. 3 Beauty Queen (4:13)
  4. 4 Love Comes Quietly (4:04)
  5. 5 Inshaallah (5:01)
  6. 6 Reseke Bare Tore Nain (3:52)
  7. 7 10, 000 Butterflies (6:16)
  8. 8 Indigo (3:30)
  9. 9 The Road to Hell (6:29)
  10. 10 Angelina (4:50)
  11. 11 Sahara (2:30)
  12. 12 Watch Over Me (4:47)
  13. 13 Carolina (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leni Stern Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Steve Gorn Soprano Saxophone, Bansuri
Adam Rudolph Percussion
George Brooks Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Bruton Slide Guitar
James Genus Upright Bass
Paul Socolow Electric Bass
Henry Threadgill Background Vocals
Brannen Temple Drums
Michael Leonhart Flugelhorn
Keith Carlock Drums
Brahim Fribgane Percussion, Oud
Etienne Stadwijk Keyboards
Keith Fluitt Background Vocals
Jonathan Goldberg Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Camuso Keyboards
Audrey Martell Background Vocals
Cariad Harmon Background Vocals
Morley Kamen Background Vocals
Dhanashree Pandit Rai Vocals
Ernesto Villa Lobos Violin
Technical Credits
Leni Stern Composer, Producer
George Brooks Composer, Horn Arrangements
Brahim Fribgane Composer
Jonathan Goldberg Engineer
Dick Kondas Engineer
Traditional Composer
Tom Camuso Engineer
Ben Bailes Engineer
Jason Lord Engineer
Joe Smith Vocal Arrangements
Kim Sonsky Cover Design
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