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Open All Night: In the City
     

Open All Night: In the City

 
Designed as a set of "ethereal alt-rock for the wee small hours," Open All Night: In the City offers 18 tracks drawn from the '80s and '90s that make a perfect backdrop for reflection and late-night musings. A consistent mid-tempo pulse and a melancholy mood assure that none of the tracks are jarring, but there's still plenty to chew on, such as the gilded

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Designed as a set of "ethereal alt-rock for the wee small hours," Open All Night: In the City offers 18 tracks drawn from the '80s and '90s that make a perfect backdrop for reflection and late-night musings. A consistent mid-tempo pulse and a melancholy mood assure that none of the tracks are jarring, but there's still plenty to chew on, such as the gilded atmosphere of the Church's hit "Under the Milky Way," the surreal vibe of Elvis Costello turning out "My Funny Valentine," the pretty-versus-angry dichotomy in "Clay Feet" from Kristin Hersh, and the spooky "Beatrice" from noted producer Daniel Lanois. Easier on the ears are delicate, intricately woven folk-pop tracks from Beth Orton ("She Cries Your Name"), Sarah McLachlan ("Fumbling Towards Ecstasy"), and Elliott Smith ("Miss Misery"). Thematically, tunes such as the Barenaked Ladies' "When You Dream," the Smithereens' "In a Lonely Place," and Morphine's blues-tinged "The Night" deftly fit the bill. While the disc's premise may seem a little narrow, a wise track selection and a talented bunch of performers make it an asset for anyone's noir-tinged brooding.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Open All Night: In the City gathers late-night driving tunes from modern rock and adult alternative artists like Duncan Sheik, Daniel Lanois, and Freedy Johnston. The album manages to balance tracks from slightly underground artists like Beth Orton's "She Cries Your Name," Elliott Smith's "Miss Misery," and Kristin Hersh's "Clay Feet," with songs from classic artists, such as Elvis Costello's "My Funny Valentine," the Smiths' "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want," and Billy Bragg's "Dolphins." Morphine's "The Night," the Church's "Under the Milky Way," and John Cale's "So Much for Love" are some of the other highlights from this surprisingly hip, nocturnally inclined collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227999322
catalogNumber:
79993

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Bragg   Track Performer
John Cale   Track Performer
Church   Track Performer
Elvis Costello   Track Performer
Don Dixon   Track Performer
Smithereens   Track Performer
Smiths   Track Performer
Suzanne Vega   Track Performer
Morphine   Track Performer
Sarah McLachlan   Track Performer
Colin Blunstone   Track Performer
Barenaked Ladies   Track Performer
Freedy Johnston   Track Performer
Kristin Hersh   Track Performer
Daniel Lanois   Track Performer
Duncan Sheik   Track Performer
Beth Orton   Track Performer
Elliott Smith   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Pat DiNizio   Composer
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Thane Tierney   Liner Notes
Garson Foos   Compilation Assistant
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Ed Robertson   Composer

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