Mockingbird

Mockingbird

by Kendra Morris
     
 

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Kendra Morris' sophomore full-length album, 2013's Mockingbird, finds the N.Y.C.-based singer/songwriter covering songs from across the pop and soul spectrum. Mockingbird follows up Morris' acclaimed debut of all-original material, 2012's Banshee. With production and arrangements from guitarist and Morris bandmate Jeremy

Overview

Kendra Morris' sophomore full-length album, 2013's Mockingbird, finds the N.Y.C.-based singer/songwriter covering songs from across the pop and soul spectrum. Mockingbird follows up Morris' acclaimed debut of all-original material, 2012's Banshee. With production and arrangements from guitarist and Morris bandmate Jeremy Page, Mockingbird is both a loving homage to the artists who helped shape Morris' sound as well as a creative reinvention of their songs. Included here are songs by David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Dionne Warwick, Soundgarden, and others. While many of the tracks on Mockingbird, like Bowie's "Space Oddity" and Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," reveal a reverence for the sound of the original recordings, others, like Isaak's "Wicked Game" and Metallica's "Ride the Lightning," move left of center of the source material and allow Morris to delve deep into her own bluesy, often psychedelic-tinged style. To these ends, she morphs Radiohead's "Karma Police" into a sultry, Dusty Springfield-esque slow jam, re-imagines the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" as a funky, '70s blaxploitation-style anthem, and turns Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" into an expansive, acid-soaked blues-rock ballad. Although die-hard Morris fans may wish she had included some original material here, one gets the sense that Morris has picked songs she has loved and sung along with for years, and her passion for this material is evident in the sound of her resonant vocal chops. Overall, Mockingbird picks up on the swaggering, quirky, homemade soul vibe that made Banshee such a delight, and grounds Morris' own sound in a larger pop tradition.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2013
Label:
Wax Poetics
UPC:
0795550002825
catalogNumber:
28
Rank:
108613

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kendra Morris   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Chris Isaak   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Roger Waters   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Richard Wright   Composer
Lou Reid   Composer
Chris Cornell   Composer
Hal David   Composer
David Gilmour   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
James Hetfield   Composer
Dave Mustaine   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Charlie Reid   Composer
Craig Reid   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
Cliff Burton   Composer
Colin Greenwood   Composer
Jonny Greenwood   Composer
Ed O'Brien   Composer
Phil Selway   Composer
Thom Yorke   Composer
Tony Asher   Composer
Jeremy Page   Arranger,Producer
Justin Kimmel   Engineer
Jeremy Siegel   Engineer
David Luther   Horn Arrangements
Edward John O'Brien   Composer
Colin Charles Greenwood   Composer
Thomas Edward Yorke   Composer
Jonathan Greenwood   Composer
Phillip James Selway   Composer

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