Postcards From Downtown

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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Clearly, downtown is where the heart of Dayna Kurtz beats. With a throaty delivery that ranges from tuneless recitation to Annie Lennox-like declamation, Kurtz sings her heartbreak epics over an intriguing combination of empathetic rhythm section and string quartet, with accordion, violin, and other bohemian touches added for spice. It's easy to imagine her on a stool in a cigarette-swirled spotlight, eyes closed, whispering "you're scared to fly, and I'm scared to land" as bluesy piano and full-bodied acoustic bass cast noir shadows over "Last Good Taste." References to stage diving on "'Miss Liberty" nod toward contemporary elements, but Kurtz's language more ...
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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Clearly, downtown is where the heart of Dayna Kurtz beats. With a throaty delivery that ranges from tuneless recitation to Annie Lennox-like declamation, Kurtz sings her heartbreak epics over an intriguing combination of empathetic rhythm section and string quartet, with accordion, violin, and other bohemian touches added for spice. It's easy to imagine her on a stool in a cigarette-swirled spotlight, eyes closed, whispering "you're scared to fly, and I'm scared to land" as bluesy piano and full-bodied acoustic bass cast noir shadows over "Last Good Taste." References to stage diving on "'Miss Liberty" nod toward contemporary elements, but Kurtz's language more often evokes a timeless cabaret ambience, its fatalistic nostalgia underscored by primarily non-electric instrumentation, melodramatic dynamics, and frequent use of a sensuous waltz or 6/8 meter. When her mentor, Richie Havens, makes a guest appearance on "Somebody Leave the Light On," his sandpapery timbre works as an orchestral element within an unusually turbulent changor; even as he chants "Sh*t, this town is nowhere," the familiarity of his voice provides a beacon for the listener, like a soulful sax sounding within a wash of atonality. Yet this album is entirely Kurtz's; while possibly too arty to curry widespread success, Postcards From Downtown is more than enough evidence of a major talent at work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Kismet / Mri
  • UPC: 783707433325
  • Catalog Number: 4333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fred Astaire (3:50)
  2. 2 Love Gets in the Way (3:46)
  3. 3 Somebody Leave a Light On (4:26)
  4. 4 Postcards from Downtown (5:05)
  5. 5 Miss Liberty (4:39)
  6. 6 Last Good Taste (4:09)
  7. 7 Monroe (4:19)
  8. 8 Paterson (6:45)
  9. 9 Just Like Jack (3:37)
  10. 10 Justified (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dayna Kurtz Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Richie Havens Vocals
Pete Vitalone Keyboards
Dorothy Lawson Cello
Todd Reynolds Violin
Walter Parks Guitar
Randy Crafton Percussion, Drums
Eszter Balint Violin
Ralph Farris Viola
Rob Curto Accordion
Renee Cologne Vocals
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Ethel String Quartet
Technical Credits
Dayna Kurtz Producer
David Richards Producer
Walter Parks Art Direction
Randy Crafton Producer, Engineer
Sal Mormando Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
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