Mischievous Moon

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The first notes of the first song on this album fill you with foreboding: brushed drums, a simple string bassline, and even simpler piano chords played in pulsing eighth notes, Fats Domino style. Sweet Mother of Claudine Longet, you wonder, what have I gotten myself into? Then Jill Barber's voice comes in, with that unmistakable mid-century blend of little-girl timbre and orotund vowels, and you have your answer: you've gotten yourself into a mess of nostalgia, and the only thing that will deliver you to the other side of these 41 minutes with your sanity intact will be the quality of the songs. Luckily for you, these are great songs. Also luckily for you, Jill Barber and...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The first notes of the first song on this album fill you with foreboding: brushed drums, a simple string bassline, and even simpler piano chords played in pulsing eighth notes, Fats Domino style. Sweet Mother of Claudine Longet, you wonder, what have I gotten myself into? Then Jill Barber's voice comes in, with that unmistakable mid-century blend of little-girl timbre and orotund vowels, and you have your answer: you've gotten yourself into a mess of nostalgia, and the only thing that will deliver you to the other side of these 41 minutes with your sanity intact will be the quality of the songs. Luckily for you, these are great songs. Also luckily for you, Jill Barber and her co-conspirators recognize no functional difference between torch ballads, Patsy Cline-era country music, and cocktail jazz. Best of all, if their love of these various musical anachronisms is ironic, it's impossible to tell -- the wordless background vocals, the plinking pianos, the string sections, and Barber's little-girl-about-town singing style all combine to create what sounds like a purely and sincerely loving pastiche of musical elements that, for anyone under the age of 60, will sound both eerily familiar from movies your parents like and utterly foreign. From the decorous cha-cha of "Took Me by Surprise" with its unbelievably cheesy horn chart to the torchy orchestral pop of "Tenderness," the music is certainly gimmicky, but the pleasure is real. And this is pop music, people: pleasure is pretty much all that counts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 623339906722
  • Catalog Number: 934684

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mischievous Moon (4:14)
  2. 2 Took Me by Surprise (4:09)
  3. 3 Tell Me (4:10)
  4. 4 Daydreamin' (3:05)
  5. 5 A Wish Under My Pillow (2:08)
  6. 6 Steal Away (4:10)
  7. 7 Any Fool Can Fall in Love (3:11)
  8. 8 Tenderness (3:51)
  9. 9 If It Weren't for Loving You (3:29)
  10. 10 Lullaby (1:49)
  11. 11 Dis-Moi (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jill Barber Primary Artist
Michael Davidson Vibes
Bryden Baird Flugelhorn
Les Cooper Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Matthew Barber Vocals
William Carn Trombone
Allison Outhit Vocals
Kathleen Kajioka Violin
Emma-Lee Vocals, Harmony
Peter Elkas Harmony
Drew Jurecka Clarinet, Strings, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Viola, Concert Master, Soloist, Harmony
Adam Warner Percussion, Drums, Vocals
John Marshman Cello
Lydia Munchinsky Cello
Good Lovelies Vocals
Yosef Tamir Viola
Rosendo Leon Percussion
Erika Raum Violin
Robbie Grunwald Piano, Accordion, Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Joseph Shabason Flute
Johann Lotter Viola
Bethany Bergman Violin
Karen Moffatt Viola
Steve Zsirai Bass
Chris Whitely Trumpet
Rachel Pomedli Cello, Soloist
Technical Credits
Jeremy Darby Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Robert Hadley Mastering
Simon Wilcox translation
Les Cooper Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dennis Patterson Engineer
Drew Jurecka Composer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jill Barber Composer
Adam King Engineer
Ron Rexsmith Composer
Naomi MacDougall Layout
Jean-Sebastien Boies translation
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