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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
To her credit, Carolyn Wonderland makes no bones about the Janis Joplin comparisons that, somewhat accurately, describe her whiskey-soaked voice and tough blues/soul musical palette. In fact, this album's opening track is a relatively obscure Joplin cover of "What Good Can Drinkin' Do" that she delivers with requisite bad girl swagger. Well known for her exciting live show, Wonderland has had less success capturing that edge on album. But a combination of producers including Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, Dylan sideman Larry Campbell, and even ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith successfully frame the Texas native's songs in a raw, rootsy, but professionally recorded environment ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
To her credit, Carolyn Wonderland makes no bones about the Janis Joplin comparisons that, somewhat accurately, describe her whiskey-soaked voice and tough blues/soul musical palette. In fact, this album's opening track is a relatively obscure Joplin cover of "What Good Can Drinkin' Do" that she delivers with requisite bad girl swagger. Well known for her exciting live show, Wonderland has had less success capturing that edge on album. But a combination of producers including Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, Dylan sideman Larry Campbell, and even ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith successfully frame the Texas native's songs in a raw, rootsy, but professionally recorded environment that lets her vocals shine and gives her band room to kick out the jams on blues, R&B, New Orleans funk, swamp rock, and the righteous gospel that's at the heart of her multiple influences. The tracks are divided equally between covers and Wonderland originals, thereby displaying both her songwriting and interpretive chops. She can wail with the best of them, but it's her control on tunes such as "Usurper," with its thumping drums, and the closing acoustic country of "Shine On," the album's most reserved moment, that shows the restraint of a great singer. She brings churchy soul to her own "St. Marks," an easygoing midtempo rocker that sounds like an old soul cover, and tears it up on blues classics such as Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" and "Two Trains," applying the latter's words to the standard "You Don't Love Me" riff. She's obviously on fire performing straight-ahead blues, her band is rocking, and the arrangement balances her in-your-face blast with a far more subtle style. It's that ability to rein in her brassy bellow, especially on a fiery gospel take of Vince Welnick/Robert Hunter's "Golden Stairs" a cool, under-the-radar find, that makes her such a formidable presence and provides this album the dynamics of style and mood that make it a diverse yet perfect example of what Wonderland does best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • Label: Bismeaux Productions
  • UPC: 678572976520
  • Catalog Number: 9592
  • Sales rank: 26,586

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Good Can Drinkin' Do (4:02)
  2. 2 Victory Of Flying (3:56)
  3. 3 Only God Knows When (3:39)
  4. 4 St. Marks (4:01)
  5. 5 Golden Stairs (7:05)
  6. 6 Dust My Broom (2:43)
  7. 7 I Can Tell (4:57)
  8. 8 Usurper (3:17)
  9. 9 No Exception (3:22)
  10. 10 Meet Me In The Morning (5:40)
  11. 11 Two Trains (3:57)
  12. 12 Shine On (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carolyn Wonderland Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Larry Campbell Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Cindy Cashdollar Lap Steel Guitar
Mark Epstein Bass
The McCrary Sisters Vocal Harmony
David Sanger Percussion
Lincoln Schleifer Bass
Glenn Fukunaga Bass
Rob Hooper Percussion, Drums
Cole El Saleh Keyboards, Key Bass
Michael "Lefty" Lefkowitz Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Janis Joplin Composer
Michael Nesmith Producer
Robert Hunter Composer
Ray Benson Producer
Larry Campbell Producer
Don Cobb Mastering
Elmore James Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Vince Welnick Composer
Carolyn Wonderland Composer
Eric Conn Mastering
John Netti Engineer
Sam Seifert Producer, Engineer
Cole El Saleh Composer
Justin Gulp Engineer
Samuel Smith Composer
Dennis Benton Cover Photo
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