Mary Lou Lord/Sean Na Na [Split EP]

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All Music Guide - Bryan Carroll
Well, here's a somewhat unexpected CD. Three songs each from two pop faves who float just a bit beneath the radar of the elusive star-making tastes of America's mass audience. First up is Boston's Mary Lou, whose God-given way with cover songs involves a propensity for diluting nearly any song she chooses; she's a musical food processor with one speed: liquefy. A prime example is the way she smoothes the edge right off of Lucinda Williams' "Hard Road," transforming it from a savory Southern pecan pie to a cutesy, gelatinous marshmallow puff. Her short list of original compositions isn't added to here either; Lord's three songs, including the aforementioned "Hard Road," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bryan Carroll
Well, here's a somewhat unexpected CD. Three songs each from two pop faves who float just a bit beneath the radar of the elusive star-making tastes of America's mass audience. First up is Boston's Mary Lou, whose God-given way with cover songs involves a propensity for diluting nearly any song she chooses; she's a musical food processor with one speed: liquefy. A prime example is the way she smoothes the edge right off of Lucinda Williams' "Hard Road," transforming it from a savory Southern pecan pie to a cutesy, gelatinous marshmallow puff. Her short list of original compositions isn't added to here either; Lord's three songs, including the aforementioned "Hard Road," are all covers. Sean Na Na fares a bit better, scoring one of his biggest hits here with "Princess and the Pony," a charismatic song in which Tillman ruminates on his eventual funeral party blowout. Tillman also tries his hand at songwriter "Lucky" Jeremy Allen's "My Old France," arranging a full band around Allen's spare, acoustic song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2000
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • UPC: 759656035026
  • Catalog Number: 60350
  • Sales rank: 301,957

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bang Bang (1:59)
  2. 2 Hard Road (2:47)
  3. 3 Aim Low (2:17)
  4. 4 Princess and the Pony (3:08)
  5. 5 Stretch Marks (2:23)
  6. 6 My Old France (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sean Na-Na Primary Artist
Bill Janovitz Background Vocals
Chris Wilson Drums
Ted Leo Bass, Background Vocals
Mary Lou Lord Vocals
Sean Tillmann Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bells
Raging Teens Track Performer
Kevin Patey Rhythm Guitar
Matt Murphy Upright Bass
Amy Griffin Guitar
Keith Schubert Drums
Holy Childhood Vocals
Jeff Brown Drums
Jimmy Ryan Mandolin
Jeremy Allen Keyboards
Lucky Jeremy Keyboards
Technical Credits
Mike Leahy Producer, Engineer
Adam Miller Paintings
Nick Saloman Composer
John Williams Producer, Engineer
Ted Leo Engineer
Brian Dunton Producer, Engineer
Matthew Ellard Producer, Engineer
Dave Gardner Mastering
Eric Olsen Engineer
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