Moonlit Déjà Vu

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Michael Johnson has been a professional musician and songwriter since the late '60s, with a handful of country hits to his name including two number ones, "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder." He played guitar for the Mitchell Trio when John Denver was a member and became a frontman when the trio morphed into Denver, Boise & Johnson, but they never made a recording under that name. He hasn't made a studio album in 15 years, and since here are only two Johnson originals on the record, it would appear that he's not been doing a good deal of writing in his time away from the studio. Johnson's acoustic guitar picking has a cordial, inviting folk-pop feel ...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Michael Johnson has been a professional musician and songwriter since the late '60s, with a handful of country hits to his name including two number ones, "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder." He played guitar for the Mitchell Trio when John Denver was a member and became a frontman when the trio morphed into Denver, Boise & Johnson, but they never made a recording under that name. He hasn't made a studio album in 15 years, and since here are only two Johnson originals on the record, it would appear that he's not been doing a good deal of writing in his time away from the studio. Johnson's acoustic guitar picking has a cordial, inviting folk-pop feel with subtle classical and jazz-like flourishes. His voice remains warm and intimate, a singer able to convey strong emotion without raising his voice. Overall, the album has a soothing, laid-back feel, which is both its blessing and its curse. It makes the album perfect for background music, but most of the songs are so full of songwriting clichés that they make you shrug when you pay close attention. The exceptions are Clive Gregson's "My Favorite Lies," an ironic list of the lies we all tell ourselves to get through the day, and Johnson's "One Mile Apart," a ballad that looks at the divide between a rich woman in Texas and a working man in Mexico. Everything else here is pleasantly forgettable, except for "SoSo," a smug reinvention of "You Make Me Feel So Young" that makes you wonder what Johnson was thinking when he wrote it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651025924
  • Catalog Number: 259
  • Sales rank: 95,852

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Johnson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Marc Anderson Percussion
Gordon Johnson Bass
Dave Karr Alto Flute, Saxophone
Dan Newton Accordion
Jill Olson Violin
Benny Weinbeck Piano, Hammond B3
J.T. Bates Drums
Rebecca Arons Cello
Jill Olson Violin
Susan Janda Viola
Maud Hixson Background Vocals
Michael Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
Truly Carmichael Vocals
Trudy Carmichael Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Johnson Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Clive Gregson Composer, Lyricist
Roger Cook Composer, Lyricist
Josef Myrow Composer, Original Lyrics
Charles Cochran Composer, Lyricist
Mack Gordon Composer, Original Lyrics
Eric Peltoniemi Layout
Hugh Prestwood Composer, Lyricist
Karen Taylor-Good Composer, Lyricist
Chris Frymire Mastering
Adi Yeshaya String Arrangements
Lisa Aschmann Composer, Lyricist
Steve Kaul Engineer
Michael Johnson Composer
W. T. Davidson Composer, Lyricist
Truly Carmichael Duet
Tom Keeton Composer, Lyricist
Trudy Carmichael Duet
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