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Miss America
     

Miss America

by Mary Margaret O'Hara
 
Originally recorded in 1984 and not released until 1988, Miss America still sounds light years ahead of its time: Mary Margaret O'Hara is a force of nature, a remarkable singer and composer whose crystal-clear soprano acrobatics and hypnotic songs defy accepted conventions. Flirting intermittently with country ("Anew Day," "Dear Darling") and jazz ("Keeping You

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Originally recorded in 1984 and not released until 1988, Miss America still sounds light years ahead of its time: Mary Margaret O'Hara is a force of nature, a remarkable singer and composer whose crystal-clear soprano acrobatics and hypnotic songs defy accepted conventions. Flirting intermittently with country ("Anew Day," "Dear Darling") and jazz ("Keeping You in Mind"), O'Hara works primarily with pop dynamics, but deconstructs and reassembles the form according to her own blueprint: "Year in Song" is jaggedly intense, "To Cry About" is gorgeously ambient, and "Body's in Trouble" is delicately gripping, yet none conform easily to such facile assessments, with hairpin turns in mood and atmosphere which blindside expectations. Following instead its own abstract internal logic, Miss America is a work of mad-scientist genius, and it remains a singular experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/1996
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923791928
catalogNumber:
7919

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Performance Credits

Mary Margaret O'Hara   Primary Artist,Vocals
Hugh Marsh   Violin,DX-7
Michael Brook   Guitar
Bruce Moffett   Drums
David Piltch   Bass,5-string Bass
Joe Primeau   Overdubs
John Sheard   Piano
Michael Sloski   Drums
Bill Whelan   Piano
Rusty McCarthy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Henrik Riik   Bass,Electric Bass
Don Rooke   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Whelan   Piano

Technical Credits

Michael Brook   Producer
Paul Cobbold   Engineer
Bill Kennedy   Engineer
David Piltch   Contributor
Garth Richardson   Engineer
Randy Staub   Engineer
Stephen Traub   Engineer
Mick Walsh   Engineer
Mary Margaret O'Hara   Producer,Artwork,Cover Design
Jody Colero   Executive Producer
Kim Norwich   Artwork
Whelan   Contributor

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