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Memory Girls
     

Memory Girls

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by Warren Zanes
 
Held back for some time by legal troubles, Warren Zanes' Memory Girls is as a fine a debut as any, ranging from stripped down folk to torch song to pop orchestral. Employing a rich production style (seemingly originating with Wilco's Summerteeth), Zane's obscure, fragmented songs are augmented by a subtle electro-acoustic mix. The wonderful New Orleans

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Held back for some time by legal troubles, Warren Zanes' Memory Girls is as a fine a debut as any, ranging from stripped down folk to torch song to pop orchestral. Employing a rich production style (seemingly originating with Wilco's Summerteeth), Zane's obscure, fragmented songs are augmented by a subtle electro-acoustic mix. The wonderful New Orleans ballad "Did You Recognize My Love?," for example, swirls with what sounds like accordion, clarinet, piano, before giving way to "Where We Began," which begins with treated drum beats and ambient keyboards and builds to a more traditional chorus (albeit still filled with nuanced production tricks). The album is also gently star-studded -- Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, and Morphine's Billy Conway all lend their subtle supporting talents to the mix, placing Zane firmly in the throng of the new singer-songwriter movement.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Michele Romero
A beautifully crafted pop-music scrapbook. (A)

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020113329
catalogNumber:
1133
Rank:
317327

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Zanes   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Billy Beard   Percussion,Drums
John Catchings   Cello
Billy Conway   Percussion,Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Patty Griffin   Vocal Harmony
Jim Hoke   Clarinet,Saxophone
Jerry Dale McFadden   Keyboards
Neal Rosengarden   Trumpet
Daniel Tashian   Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Multi Instruments
Frank Swart   Bass
Kenny Vaughn   Guitar
Angelo   Acoustic Guitar,Trombone,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Loops
Millard Powers   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements
Warren Zanes   Art Direction
John Painter   String Arrangements
Matt Thorne   Engineer
Elinor Blake   Art Direction

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Memory Girls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
`Memory Girls¿ is a gem of an album, brimming with a sort of sophisticated pop brilliance that grabs your attention from the very first listen. The sound of Warren Zanes captures a rock-folk-pop ambience, which is at times light-hearted, and at times melancholic, but always with a comfortable air of familiarity. The cd opens with ¿Everybody Loves You,¿ which is a catchy, upbeat song, while ¿Scrapbook¿ lends itself as a heartfelt memoir of his past relationships, with a great harmony from Emmylou Harris. ¿Hey Girl¿ is my favorite on the album, the kind of song that gets stuck in your head and stays there the entire day. `Memory Girls¿ is a great debut by Warren, and I highly recommend it.