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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Texas singer/songwriter Robert Ellis is not shy about citing his influences, name-checking "Lefty [Frizzell], Willie [Nelson], Hank [Williams], and Townes [Van Zandt]" in "Comin' Home," a song on his second album, Photographs. In keeping with the disc's nostalgic tone, Ellis has nearly divided it into two sides like an old LP, in musical and thematic terms. On the first five songs, he creates restrained arrangements based on his gently picked acoustic guitar, singing specific, confessional lyrics in a wispy country tenor. After two tunes devoted to the subject of friendship ("Friends Like Those," "Bamboo"), he traces the beginnings of a relationship on "Cemetery" ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Texas singer/songwriter Robert Ellis is not shy about citing his influences, name-checking "Lefty [Frizzell], Willie [Nelson], Hank [Williams], and Townes [Van Zandt]" in "Comin' Home," a song on his second album, Photographs. In keeping with the disc's nostalgic tone, Ellis has nearly divided it into two sides like an old LP, in musical and thematic terms. On the first five songs, he creates restrained arrangements based on his gently picked acoustic guitar, singing specific, confessional lyrics in a wispy country tenor. After two tunes devoted to the subject of friendship ("Friends Like Those," "Bamboo"), he traces the beginnings of a relationship on "Cemetery" (where, ominously, it is consummated) and "Two Cans of Paint" (in which housekeeping is set up). A transition is effected in "Westbound Train," as, halfway through, Ellis builds up a traditional country arrangement with drums kicking in. The second part of the CD is full of such band tunes, the sound harking back to the 1950s of Frizzell, as Ellis describes the deterioration of the love story he began earlier. He, it seems, drinks; she, he thinks, cheats. The traditional sound gives the words a more generalized tone and even undercuts them somewhat, however. "No Fun," for instance, is set to a honky tonk hoedown that belies its vindictive lyrics. Meanwhile, as a singer Ellis has built up to a George Jones-like belt, the better to give his words a more universal context. Photographs thus has it both ways as an intimate singer/songwriter effort and a tribute to the country music Ellis reveres.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2011
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396620227
  • Catalog Number: 6202
  • Sales rank: 57,225

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Friends Like Those (4:07)
  2. 2 Bamboo (3:32)
  3. 3 Cemetery (6:58)
  4. 4 Two Cans of Paint (4:37)
  5. 5 Westbound Train (4:07)
  6. 6 Comin' Home (3:03)
  7. 7 What's In It For Me? (4:23)
  8. 8 I'll Never Give Up On You (3:36)
  9. 9 No Fun (3:14)
  10. 10 Photographs (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Ellis Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Musician
Derek Dunivan Background Vocals
Ryan Chavez Drums, Background Vocals
Christine Kim Cello
Kelly Doyle Electric Guitar
Leslie Sloan Background Vocals
Rainey Weber Viola
Hannah Dremann Violin
Geoffrey Muller Bass
Will Van Horn Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar
Rachel Sandman Violin
Technical Credits
Jason Cooper String Arrangements
Steven Christensen Producer, Engineer
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Paul Moore Art Direction
Robert Ellis Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Art Direction
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