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Migration
     

Migration

by David Olney
 
Migration, David Olney's 16th album, is a typical effort for him, one in which he constructs story-songs and inhabits various characters. Lyrically speaking, the chief innovations are that he has taken more of an interest in speaking on behalf of non-human characters, particularly birds ("Lenora"), and that he is more interested than usual in singing about love. Of

Overview

Migration, David Olney's 16th album, is a typical effort for him, one in which he constructs story-songs and inhabits various characters. Lyrically speaking, the chief innovations are that he has taken more of an interest in speaking on behalf of non-human characters, particularly birds ("Lenora"), and that he is more interested than usual in singing about love. Of course, personifying a bird isn't all that much of a stretch for a man who once wrote a song in the role of an iceberg ("Titanic"), but the love songs are a bit unusual, and it's notable that Olney is usually a co-author with someone else on them. Musically, he seems to have taken his cue largely from Bob Dylan's Desire, employing a violin, played by Deanie Richardson, to shadow his vocals much as Dylan had Scarlet Rivera do on that album. On a couple of songs, however, as he also did on 2003's The Wheel, Olney looks more to Tom Waits of the Swordfishtrombones and later period, taking a junkyard rock approach on "Speak Memory" and especially "Upside Down." While there is nothing wrong with this album, it is more one for the faithful than for new fans. With his gruff, relatively inexpressive voice, Olney is something of an acquired taste, and this is an album that requires several listenings to sink in, at which point it fits in with the rest of the catalog but does not rise above it.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Loud House
UPC:
0803001200727
catalogNumber:
2007
Rank:
225536

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Performance Credits

David Olney   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Michael Johnson   Classical Guitar
Robb Earls   Organ
Mike Fleming   Bass
John Hadley   Vocals
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Gwil Owen   Guitar
Deanie Richardson   Fiddle,Mandolin,Percussion,Human Whistle
Michael Fleming   Bass Guitar
Carolyn Edwards   Vocals,Background Vocals,Harmony
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson   Classical Guitar
Thom Jutz   Bass,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Thomm Jutz   Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Classical Guitar
Carole Edwards   Vocals

Technical Credits

Emmylou Harris   Liner Notes
David Olney   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Robb Earls   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
John Hadley   Composer
Booka Michel   Executive Producer
Gwil Owen   Composer
Rebecca Hall   Composer

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