Paradise Hotel

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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
Paradise Hotel is singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson's follow-up to her Grammy-nominated contemporary folk album Land of Milk and Honey. Producer Mark Hallman returns, as does a spectrum of talented guest musicians, including Shawn Colvin, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Marcia Ball, Slaid Cleaves, and Jeff Plankenhorn. Smart songwriting and ingenious arrangements grace the ten-song collection, all written or co-written by Gilkyson with the exception of a cover of World Party’s sublime “Is It Like Today.” All in all, the songs are less political than Gilkyson’s typical fare, albeit still more humanistic than confessional. "Man of God" however, is the striking exception, a thinly ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
Paradise Hotel is singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson's follow-up to her Grammy-nominated contemporary folk album Land of Milk and Honey. Producer Mark Hallman returns, as does a spectrum of talented guest musicians, including Shawn Colvin, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Marcia Ball, Slaid Cleaves, and Jeff Plankenhorn. Smart songwriting and ingenious arrangements grace the ten-song collection, all written or co-written by Gilkyson with the exception of a cover of World Party’s sublime “Is It Like Today.” All in all, the songs are less political than Gilkyson’s typical fare, albeit still more humanistic than confessional. "Man of God" however, is the striking exception, a thinly disguised protest against the Bush regime. It is tough to pick a favorite, let alone a favorite few -- however, "Requiem," a hymnlike song written for the victims and families of the 2004 Asian tsunami, sounds about as close to paradise as it gets.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On her last album, 2004's Land of Milk and Honey, Eliza Gilkyson, long based in Austin, Texas, made some of her most explicitly political statements and, for her trouble, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album, as well, it seems, as critical email from some of her fans. Like Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks, Gilkyson seemed ashamed that the President of the U.S. was from Texas, and while she acknowledged the criticism on her website, www.elizagilkyson.com, she also made a point of noting that 57,288,974 Americans, at the very least -- the number of people who voted for Senator John Kerry for President in 2004 -- were on her side. If Land of Milk and Honey was her pre-election treatise, Paradise Hotel is, inevitably, her post-election lament, one she sings in a mature, smoky voice that is occasionally reminiscent of Emmylou Harris, three years her senior, and often of Lucinda Williams, three years her junior. True, the only explicitly political song on the album is "Man of God," an unsparing condemnation of George W. Bush that denies his claim to religious justification for his foreign and domestic policies. "Jesus said help the poor and the weak/If he lived today he'd be a liberal freak." But Gilkyson also finds analogous historical and spiritual subjects to get her points across. "Jedidiah 1777," based on the letters of her ancestor, Brigadier General Jedidiah Huntington, who fought in the Revolutionary War with George Washington, echoes her feelings about the Bush Administration with its criticism of "loyalists laying their money down on the king" and its statement that "if victory were just for the wealthy our noble cause wouldn't be worth the hardship we're suffering." Elsewhere, she takes a distinctly elegiac tone in the prayerful "Requiem" and "When You Walk On" which might as well be called "When You Pass On", the songs that end the disc. But these tracks and "Calm Before the Storm," coming just before them, offer comfort through faith and family, and it's significant that, though she covers World Party's history-of-the-world song "Is It Like Today?" and makes it sound like one of her own tunes, she deliberately leaves off its ending, in which a frustrated God blows up the universe and starts all over again. Dire as she may consider things to be, Gilkyson makes clear in the title track that the "Paradise Hotel" is at least across the street and well within sight, even if, for the moment, its blinking sign is keeping her from getting any sleep.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651018728
  • Catalog Number: 187
  • Sales rank: 49,501

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Borderline (2:42)
  2. 2 Paradise Hotel (4:06)
  3. 3 Man of God (4:27)
  4. 4 Jedidiah 1777 (3:52)
  5. 5 Bellarosa (4:46)
  6. 6 Think About You (3:23)
  7. 7 Is It Like Today? (5:49)
  8. 8 Calm Before the Storm (3:50)
  9. 9 Requiem (3:54)
  10. 10 When You Walk On (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Pump Organ
Marcia Ball Choir, Chorus
Shawn Colvin Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Christine Albert Choir, Chorus
Ray Wylie Hubbard Choir, Chorus
Slaid Cleaves Choir, Chorus
Ray Bonneville Harmonica, Vocals
Rich Brotherton Mandolin
Tony Gilkyson Electric Guitar
Mark Hallman Bass, Electric Guitar, Ocarina, Vocals, Penny Whistle, Mellotron, Vocal Harmony
Danny Levin Cello, Viola
Robert McEntee Acoustic Guitar
Michael Ramos Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Glenn Fukunaga Bass
Chris Gage Choir, Chorus
Mike Hardwick Dobro, Electric Guitar, Ocarina, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Penny Whistle, Mellotron, Slide Guitar
Darcie Deaville Fiddle, Choir, Chorus
Ana Egge Choir, Chorus
Alejandro Diaz Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Bajo Sexto, Requinto
Jeff Plankenhorn Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Cisco Ryder Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Cajon, Vocal Harmony
Edward Hobizal Organ, Piano
Alejandro Diaz Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Requinto
Delia Castillo Vocals
Technical Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Composer, Audio Production
Gary Brooker Composer
Mark Hallman Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Keith Reid Composer
Karl Wallinger Composer
Chris Gage Engineer
Jorge Castillo Composer
Ned Stewart Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I saw Eliza in concert a few months ago and she sang many of the songs in this album. She was wonderful! This album just brings back many good memories. I love Jedidiah 1777. The story behind it is fascinating...without knowing it the song is just not the same.

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