Paper Wings and Halo

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
Many a folkie has partaken of the Boston music scene hoping against hope to emerge from the pack as the singular beacon of success, as did Jonatha Brooke, Aimee Mann, and Tracy Chapman, for example. Lori McKenna belongs to that lineage, though she still walks among the throngs of should-be-better-knowns. Evidence enough is Paper Wings & Halo, which was released independently in 1998 and certainly warrants some attention. From McKenna's pen flow timeless, heart-grabbing melodic lines and psyche-splintering stanzas. Vocally, her powerful, yet touching delivery lies somewhere between and betwixt a few other New Englanders, namely Patty Griffin, Melissa Ferrick, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
Many a folkie has partaken of the Boston music scene hoping against hope to emerge from the pack as the singular beacon of success, as did Jonatha Brooke, Aimee Mann, and Tracy Chapman, for example. Lori McKenna belongs to that lineage, though she still walks among the throngs of should-be-better-knowns. Evidence enough is Paper Wings & Halo, which was released independently in 1998 and certainly warrants some attention. From McKenna's pen flow timeless, heart-grabbing melodic lines and psyche-splintering stanzas. Vocally, her powerful, yet touching delivery lies somewhere between and betwixt a few other New Englanders, namely Patty Griffin, Melissa Ferrick, and Ellis Paul. Paper Wings & Halo features 13 musical poems, but as oftentimes proves to be true, despite the greatness of the individual pieces, the whole is made even greater by the cohesiveness of the collection. And although three of the tracks were recorded live, the flow is seamless thanks to the simple, thoughtful production offered by Seth Connelly. If this album is any kind of signpost, look for McKenna's light to be shining bright for a long while to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/1999
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 701237500324
  • Catalog Number: 5637392955

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lori McKenna Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kris Delmhorst Cello, Background Vocals
Megan Toohey Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Henk Kooistra Mastering
Steve Friedman Engineer
Lori McKenna Liner Notes
Neale Eckstein Engineer
Dana J White Mastering
Meghan Dewar Art Direction
Gabriel Unger Art Direction
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