Minnesota

Minnesota

by Mason Jennings
     
 
Ruminative and melodic with a light strain of funky freak-folk running throughout, Mason Jennings' 2011 effort Minnesota is a tidy little backwoods opus. Still favoring a kind of hippy-dippy blues delivery that's one part G. Love and one part Jack Johnson, Jennings' Midwestern vocal drawl and knack for

Overview

Ruminative and melodic with a light strain of funky freak-folk running throughout, Mason Jennings' 2011 effort Minnesota is a tidy little backwoods opus. Still favoring a kind of hippy-dippy blues delivery that's one part G. Love and one part Jack Johnson, Jennings' Midwestern vocal drawl and knack for catchy, poignant songs have developed into his own, immediately recognizable kind of thing. For every laconic folk ballad à la the opening "Bitter Heart," Jennings throws in something catchy and electrified, such as the '80s Brit-pop-sounding "Hearts Stop Beating." In that sense, his songs bring to mind the work of such similarly minded contemporaries as Matt Costa and Josh Rouse. Jennings even summons a kind of country-blues take on Bob Dylan, as on the ballad "Wake Up," a late-album confession of alcoholism and artistic ambition. However, the Dylan vibe is most profoundly expressed on the darkly psychedelic "Witches Dream," in which Jennings yawps "House in the country by a witch's stream where the clouds meet the mountains in an endless dream/Come little rider let your dress fall back into the hours of abandon where the sky turns black." A hypnotic, wickedly sexy bit of folk-funk delivered at the tempo of a rambling, acid-soaked desert caravan, the track -- as with the rest of Minnesota -- leaves you pondering Jennings' poetic intent like a dark mirage spied in the late summer sun.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Thirty Tigers
UPC:
0018736104985
catalogNumber:
3
Rank:
109336

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mason Jennings   Primary Artist
Danny Frankel   Conga
David Ralicke   Soprano Saxophone
Jeff McElroy   Bass
Jason Schwartzman   Piano,Background Vocals
Adam Topol   Snare Drums,Floor Tom
Chris Joyner   Accordion
Fredo Ortiz   Timbales
Jacob Hanson   Electric Guitar
Amy Jennings   Vocals

Technical Credits

Danny Frankel   Producer
Tom Garneau   Engineer
David Ralicke   Producer,Engineer
Johannes Gamble   Graphic Design
Mason Jennings   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Drawing
Adam Topol   Producer
Amy Jennings   Producer
Daniel Field   Producer
Living Room   Composer,Instrumentation

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