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Page One

by Steven Page
 

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Steven Page's 2010 album Page One is the singer's first all-original solo effort since parting ways with his longtime band the Barenaked Ladies in 2009. As such, it showcases Page's long-acknowledged powerful tenor croon and knack for literate, catchy songs that teeter between darkly sardonic and romantically bittersweet ruminations on love and life.

Overview

Steven Page's 2010 album Page One is the singer's first all-original solo effort since parting ways with his longtime band the Barenaked Ladies in 2009. As such, it showcases Page's long-acknowledged powerful tenor croon and knack for literate, catchy songs that teeter between darkly sardonic and romantically bittersweet ruminations on love and life. Page One is also a solid return to pop form for the singer, whose 2008 arrest for cocaine possession (the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors), while perhaps not the main reason for his split with the band he co-founded, nonetheless seemed like the tip of an iceberg of creative and personal issues that had, until then, remained largely hidden from fans. Page addresses these issues most directly on the epic lead-off track "A New Shore," where he sings, "As captain of this merry band of sailors/I'm a black mark, I'm a failure/So before you watch me drown/I'm relinquishing command/for something I don't understand/This man's about to turn his whole life upside down." It's a grandly pyrrhic, bold, and candid statement of purpose on an album littered with bold, often awkward candid sentiments, and sets the listener up perfectly for what is yet to come. Tracks like the sparkling power pop meets cocktail lounge jazz of "Indecision" and the rollicking Morrissey-esque "Marry Me" should appeal to longtime Barenaked Ladies fans. Elsewhere, Page waxes wistfully jaded on the ballad "All the Young Monogamists." It's a wicked little Randy Newman-style chamber pop number, replete with strings, in which Page, the older and wiser lover, reveals the fallacies of monogamy and pop music, only to eventually come to the final admission, " But here we are, monogamists a-swearing it will last/I know it seems ridiculous considering our pasts/But I will always be true to you." Page could be addressing his disillusioned BNL fans here as much as any current flame. However, if the album is any indication, his fans needn't worry. He may have lost the plot for a bit, but Page is back and his pop sensibility remains sarcastically, unsparingly intact.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2010
Label:
Zoe Records
UPC:
0601143114328
catalogNumber:
431143
Rank:
69732

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steven Page   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian Gallagher   Clarinet,Flute
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Accordion,Drums,Keyboards
Dave Jensen   Trumpet
Kathy Jensen   Baritone Saxophone
Michael Nelson   Trombone
Tim Pierce   Banjo,Guitar
Steve Strand   Trumpet
Pete Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Ken Chastain   Percussion
Kevin Fox   Cello,Choir, Chorus
Esthero   Vocals
Stephen Lu   Keyboards
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Glen Phillips   Vocals
Bryden Baird   Piano,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Glockenspiel,Choir, Chorus
Jesse Baird   Percussion,Drums,Choir, Chorus,E Flat Horn
Kenny Holmen   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jay Baird   Bass,Clarinet,Choir, Chorus
Karen Graves   Flute,Violin,Choir, Chorus
Matthew Page   Choir, Chorus
Jonah Page   Choir, Chorus
Isaac Page   Choir, Chorus
Emily Page   Choir, Chorus
Christine Munn   Vocals
Benjamin Page   Choir, Chorus
Aiden Page   Choir, Chorus
Morgan Narkiewicz   Choir, Chorus
Will Owsley   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Stephen Duffy   Composer
John Fields   Programming,Producer
Michael Nelson   Horn Arrangements
Craig Northey   Composer
Steven Page   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ken Chastain   Programming,Special Effects
Stephen Lu   Orchestral Arrangements
David Bergman   Cover Photo
Bryden Baird   Arranger
Ray Danniels   Management
Josh Fields   Engineer
Vic Florencia   Engineer
Olly Moss   Concept,Illustrations

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