Oh, My Girl

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Barsuk
  • UPC: 655173103623
  • Catalog Number: 31036
  • Sales rank: 143,602

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
Roger Seibel Mastering
Tucker Martine Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Phil Wandscher Composer
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