O Cracker, Where Art Thou?

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It's not exactly an outgrowth of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? phenomenon, nor is it quite an "unplugged" set, but this album does offer stripped-down, partially acoustic arrangements of songs better known in rock versions. On this session, Cracker members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman sing a group of familiar Cracker songs that have appeared previously on the group's albums, backed by the alternative country band Leftover Salmon. So, for example, leadoff track "Get off This" from Kerosene Hat becomes a bluegrass
eggae number, while "Eurotrash Girl," which follows, becomes a country-waltz with a plunking banjo playing along. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It's not exactly an outgrowth of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? phenomenon, nor is it quite an "unplugged" set, but this album does offer stripped-down, partially acoustic arrangements of songs better known in rock versions. On this session, Cracker members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman sing a group of familiar Cracker songs that have appeared previously on the group's albums, backed by the alternative country band Leftover Salmon. So, for example, leadoff track "Get off This" from Kerosene Hat becomes a bluegrass
eggae number, while "Eurotrash Girl," which follows, becomes a country-waltz with a plunking banjo playing along. Cracker's oddball lyrics get greater emphasis in these arrangements, but Lowery and Hickman are careful to sing them straightforwardly, as if they were no more unusual than the words to the average country song. And some of those words are given new shades of meaning in this context. Now that "Teen Angst" is being played as a fast-paced bluegrass breakdown, its refrain, "'Cause what the world needs now/Is another folksinger/Like I need a hole in my head," comes off more wry and less smug than it did on Cracker's self-titled debut album, as each chorus is followed by extensive soloing. O Cracker, Where Art Thou? provides a different way of hearing Cracker's catalog that may help a new audience recognize the quality of the group's songs. And Leftover Salmon provides plenty of good picking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Telegraph Company
  • UPC: 800223500529
  • Catalog Number: 52
  • Sales rank: 52,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leftover Salmon Primary Artist
David Lowery Guitar, Vox Organ
Drew Emmitt Mandolin
Vince Herman Guitar
Johnny Hickman Guitar, Vox Organ
Bill McKay Piano, Keyboards
Greg Garrison Bass
José Martínez Drums
Noam Pikelny Banjo
Technical Credits
John Hickman Composer
Davey Faragher Composer
David Lowery Composer, Producer
John Morand Engineer
Johnny Hickman Composer
Brent Lambert Mastering
Doug Hollingworth Artwork
David Fragher Composer
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