Mortal City

Mortal City

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by Dar Williams
     
 

On the first track of her second album, Dar Williams makes clear her intention to break out of the acoustic singer/songwriter ghetto: "As Cool As I Am" is full-out rock & roll with funky drums and a chorus built on massed choo-choo harmonicas. She doesn't stay in rock mode for long, but the more aggressive approach continues to inform herSee more details below

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On the first track of her second album, Dar Williams makes clear her intention to break out of the acoustic singer/songwriter ghetto: "As Cool As I Am" is full-out rock & roll with funky drums and a chorus built on massed choo-choo harmonicas. She doesn't stay in rock mode for long, but the more aggressive approach continues to inform her sound even when she retreats into a more typical acoustic setting. It's interesting to note that as her music gets more consistent, so do her lyrics. Over a spare guitar-and-cello accompaniment, she muses on the various ways that February can symbolize stages in a relationship ("And when we got home, we just started chopping wood/Because you never know how next year will be"). Elsewhere she finds her boyfriend "in the arms of a Student Against the Treacherous Use of Fur" and wishes she hadn't called a certain friend to help her move out. Funny? Oh, yes -- "The Christians and the Pagans" is hysterical, and so is "The Pointless, Yet Poignant, Crisis of a Co-Ed" (believe it or not). And it's the humor gone before that makes a song as naked as "Family" or as conceptually risky as "This Was Pompeii" come across not just well, but with enormous power. The really exciting thing is that her next album is even better.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/1996
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018282123
catalogNumber:
82821
Rank:
227217

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dar Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Cliff Eberhardt   Vocals
Mark Egan   Bass
William Galison   Harmonica
Jeff Golub   Electric Guitar
Lucy Kaplansky   Vocals
Art Baron   Didjeridu
Larry Campbell   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Drums
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Steve Gaboury   Piano
Zev Katz   Bass
Sammy Merendino   Rhythm
Roger Squitero   Conga
Billy Ward   Drums,Snare Drums
Gideon Freudmann   Cello
Katryna Nields   Vocals
Nerissa Nields   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dar Williams   Composer
Jose Garcia   Contributor,Digital Illustration
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Steven Miller   Producer,Engineer

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