Oh, My Girl

Oh, My Girl

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by Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
     
 

Oh, My Girl, the second album by singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and her band the Sweet Hereafter -- led by Phil Wandscher -- picks up where her debut, Reckless Burning, left off. Songs are played at cough-syrup tempo, production is sparse,…  See more details below

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Oh, My Girl, the second album by singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and her band the Sweet Hereafter -- led by Phil Wandscher -- picks up where her debut, Reckless Burning, left off. Songs are played at cough-syrup tempo, production is sparse, instrumentation equally so, offering just enough of a frame for the melody and lyrics to hang themselves on, and everything, absolutely everything, is underplayed. There is plenty of dynamic tension, but little to no dynamic range. Yes, this is a good thing. Sykes' ghostly voice, which hovers about her words more than inhabits them, has enough old-world folkiness, raw -- if intentionally muted -- willingness, and lonesome country pain in it to carry off these tunes with authority. Produced, mixed and engineered by multi-instrumentalist Tucker Martine, Oh, My Girl is full of slow, dipping passion, moody expressionism and poetic smarts to make it stand out in a sensual, narcotic way from the rest of the gothic alterna-twang pack. And one more thing: Sykes has more emotion in the grain of her halting, cracking voice than a whole army of Margo Timmins'es -- so let the comparisons stop now, please.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Barsuk
UPC:
0655173103623
catalogNumber:
31036
Rank:
106471

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter   Primary Artist
Jon Hyde   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Ian Parks   Banjo,Mandolin
Tucker Martine   Percussion,Drums,Sounds
Phil Wandscher   Organ,Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals
Bill Herzog   Vocals,Double Bass,Upright Bass
Greg Readling   Organ,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jesse Sykes   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Indexed Contributor
Anne Marie Ruljancich   Viola,Vocals
Kevin Warner   Percussion,Drums
Ron Weinstein   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Steve Moore   Piano,Trombone,Keyboards,Vibes,Wurlitzer
Dave Carter   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Tucker Martine   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Phil Wandscher   Composer

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