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by Bering Strait
     
 
On their sophomore effort, the Russian band known as Bering Strait up the ante on the traditional country and bluegrass of their 2005 debut and venture boldly and convincingly into pop and jazz, while also offering some evocative love songs and laments penned by themselves and other Nashville tunesmiths. Clearly the musical touchstones here are Nickel Creek and Alison

Overview

On their sophomore effort, the Russian band known as Bering Strait up the ante on the traditional country and bluegrass of their 2005 debut and venture boldly and convincingly into pop and jazz, while also offering some evocative love songs and laments penned by themselves and other Nashville tunesmiths. Clearly the musical touchstones here are Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss + Union Station (US's Jerry Douglas even sits in on dobro on his own rustic, contemplative instrumental, "From Ankara to Izmir"), although the dramatic string arrangement on the dirge-like opener, "Safe in My Lover's Arms," suggests a more baroque sensibility a-borning. This development is further emphasized by a string-enriched, beautifully harmonized rendition of a stately Russian folk song, "Oy, Moroz-Moroz," which aspires to the pop grandeur of ABBA's "Fernando." With its stinging guitars, forceful percussion, and soaring chorus, "Long Time Comin' " wouldn't be out of place on a Trisha Yearwood album, or more to the point, a late-'70s Fleetwood Mac album -- and it's probably no coincidence that these folks assay Christine McVie's "You Make Lovin' Fun," with Natasha Borizlova knocking the lead vocal out of the park as the band offers some stinging slide guitar work and a funky little banjo riff. Some hot electrical and acoustic picking is the order of the day on the jittery, group-composed instrumental, "What's for Dinner," which explores jazzy, Allmans-like avenues. A lovely acoustic-based ballad, "Choose Your Partner," and a shuffling, mid-tempo country rock ditty with Dire Straits overtones, "It Hurts Just a Little," close out a stimulating musical exercise that never forgets to have a heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Universal South
UPC:
0602498607183
catalogNumber:
000107702

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bering Strait   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Group Member
Carl Jackson   Background Vocals,Group Member
Carl Marsh   Group Member
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jerry Williams   Group Member
Sasha Ostrovsky   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Lydia Salnikova   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Natasha Borzilova   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Alexander Arzamastsev   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tom Kimmel   Composer
Christine McVie   Composer
Steve Bogard   Composer
Carl Jackson   Producer,Audio Production
Brent Maher   Composer
Carl Marsh   String Arrangements
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Jenny Yates   Composer
Billy Montana   Composer
Karen Cronin   Art Direction
Gary Harrison   Composer
Shane Teeters   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Marvin Green   Composer
Ilya Toshinsky   Composer
Jerry Williams   String Arrangements
Sasha Ostrovsky   Composer
Lydia Salnikova   Composer

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