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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Rosie Thomas' sophomore album further explores the singer/songwriter's relationships with family, love, self, and her spirituality. Her sweetly childlike voice understates her weighty topics, giving a warm balance to the recordings, and her sunny melodies guide the songs to both logical conclusions and lingering questions. Gentle acoustic guitars and atmospheric instrumentation including xylophones, pianos, and breathy electric guitar lines support her multi-tracked vocals unobtrusively, allowing her gentle melismata to roll around the words, keeping her message free from misinterpretation. The positively victorious "You and Me" stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Rosie Thomas' sophomore album further explores the singer/songwriter's relationships with family, love, self, and her spirituality. Her sweetly childlike voice understates her weighty topics, giving a warm balance to the recordings, and her sunny melodies guide the songs to both logical conclusions and lingering questions. Gentle acoustic guitars and atmospheric instrumentation including xylophones, pianos, and breathy electric guitar lines support her multi-tracked vocals unobtrusively, allowing her gentle melismata to roll around the words, keeping her message free from misinterpretation. The positively victorious "You and Me" stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the songs, and while the music stays subdued and somber, her voice raises above its gentle whisper to a nearly testifyin' shout, illustrating her conviction to either her love or her faith or both. On the album's highlight, "I Play Music," Thomas explains quite frankly to her audience, "I play music, that's what I do/And when I sing I lose myself/There's nothing more I'd rather do/Lord knows I've tried everything else." While this lyric is not groundbreaking or necessarily poetic, the pure naked force of her honesty shines through like a child's first question or a lover's drifting sleep talk.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787061222
  • Catalog Number: 612
  • Sales rank: 33,547

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Myself Fall (1:52)
  2. 2 I Play Music (3:38)
  3. 3 Red Rover (3:20)
  4. 4 Sell All My Things (3:54)
  5. 5 Crazy (2:35)
  6. 6 One More Day (4:15)
  7. 7 All My Life (3:19)
  8. 8 You and Me (2:04)
  9. 9 Tell Me How (3:52)
  10. 10 Gradually (5:05)
  11. 11 Dialogue (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosie Thomas Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes
Brian Thomas Piano, Background Vocals
Lucy Wilkins Violin
Eric Fisher Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Sampling
Sara Wilson Cello
Denison Witmer Acoustic Guitar
Jason Staczek Hammond Organ
James Mendenhall Piano
Sam Beam Vocals
Andy Myers Drums
David Broecker Bass
John Thomas Background Vocals
Kevin Brace Bass
T Town Choir Choir, Chorus
Delores Thomas McMullen Vocals, Background Vocals
Kevin Laurence Barrans Vibes
Technical Credits
Michele Easton drum sequencing
Eric Fisher Producer, Engineer, Cover Design
Rick Fisher Mastering
Martin Feveyear Producer, Engineer
Rosie Thomas Composer, Producer
Andy Myers Cover Design
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