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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
It's an old trek what is called roots music these days to something closer to rock, and Suzie Ungerleider, aka Oh Susanna, makes it on her eponymous album. Rock is, of course, a relative concept, and on this album it's the Americana variation, low on tech but rich in feeling. The only keyboard on the album is acoustic or electric piano; even a B-3 is apparently too slick for this mix. But there's greasy slide and pounding drums on tracks like "Right by Your Side," with down-home horns that add up to a Band feel over a toned-down Stones groove. The I-VII-IV chord change coming out of the verse on "Mama" also has a Stones quality, and the vocal line on "Mama" echoes ...
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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
It's an old trek what is called roots music these days to something closer to rock, and Suzie Ungerleider, aka Oh Susanna, makes it on her eponymous album. Rock is, of course, a relative concept, and on this album it's the Americana variation, low on tech but rich in feeling. The only keyboard on the album is acoustic or electric piano; even a B-3 is apparently too slick for this mix. But there's greasy slide and pounding drums on tracks like "Right by Your Side," with down-home horns that add up to a Band feel over a toned-down Stones groove. The I-VII-IV chord change coming out of the verse on "Mama" also has a Stones quality, and the vocal line on "Mama" echoes "Angie" a bit, but the feel here also draws from Uncle Tupelo and more contemporary variations. Ungerleider's lyrics address love in language that can be blunt "Little White Lies" or coquettish "Carrie Lee," with a delivery that brings out the poetry in even the most prosaic lines; on "Down by the Quarry" she achieves an especially vivid synthesis of all these elements, with swampy fiddles and rawboned harmony helping to bring the scent of backwoods romance to life. At an opposite extreme, the distant, dreamlike electric guitar on "Zoe," a peek into a child's moment of epiphany, recalls some of Patty Griffin's best work. In fact, by closing with the reflective vocal/piano piece "Billy," Oh Susanna follows the same closing dynamic as Flaming Red. The album comes as well with a 9/11 eulogy, though "Cain Is Rising" darkens its indignation by targeting equally the Twin Towers bad guys and the politicians who "say it's time to fight this little war" after ignoring more endemic social ailments; it's a more subversive message than even that of "John Walker's Blues." For all these comparisons, though, Oh Susanna really is about the emergence of a distinctive artist, whose antecedents are clear and yet whose future seems assured.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003033626
  • Catalog Number: 30336

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carrie Lee (3:44)
  2. 2 Unknown Land (4:22)
  3. 3 Right by Your Side (3:14)
  4. 4 Mama (3:55)
  5. 5 The One (3:56)
  6. 6 I'll Keep It With Mine (3:45)
  7. 7 Cain Is Rising (3:56)
  8. 8 Little White Lies (3:00)
  9. 9 Down by the Quarry (3:54)
  10. 10 The Fall (3:54)
  11. 11 Zoe (2:55)
  12. 12 Billy (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oh Susanna Primary Artist
Stephen Donald Trombone
Bazil Donovan Bass
Greg Stephens Voices
Luke Doucet Guitar, Vocals
Colin Cripps Guitar, Vocals, Melodica
Camille Giroux Vocals
Richard Underhill Alto Saxophone
Travis Good Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Bryden Baird Trumpet
Suzie Ungerleider Guitar, Vocals
Kathleen Edwards Vocals
Bob Packwood Piano
Joel Anderson Percussion, Drums
Rebecca VanDerPost Violin
Chris Gale Baritone Saxophone
Meran Currie Roberts Cello
Lynn Kuo Violin
Javier Portero Viola
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Bazil Donovan Composer
Ken Friesen Engineer
Colin Cripps Composer, Producer
Richard Underhill Horn Arrangements
Suzie Ungerleider Composer, Concept
Alex DeCartier co-arranger
Greg Hogan Director
Cy Scobie String Arrangements
Clint Adam Smyth Portrait Photography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Fabulous

    Suzie doesn't need the slick instruments that so many artists require these days. Her voice is a powerful and distinctive instrument that she uses to deliver an album full of fabulous music. This album reminds me of the albums that were released in the 70s, where every song was a unique gem. Every note played by every one of the carefully chosen instruments on this cd results in a lush distinctive sound. The haunting melodies and lyrics stay in your head all day and night. I've given this cd to over a dozen people and every one of them absolutely loved it. I also highly recommend Suzie's earlier album, Sleepy Little Sailor, released on Catamountco.com label.

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