Postcards from Paradise

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Singer/songwriter Tret Fure first worked with Cris Williamson as an engineer on Williamson's children's album, Lumière 1982, after which the two became domestic partners and contributed to each other's albums, with Fure helping add a more produced, harder-rocking sound to Williamson's LPs Prairie Fire and Wolf Moon. With Postcards from Paradise, the two abandoned their solo careers to form a permanent duo act. The album, which contains five songs written by Williamson, four by Fure, and two co-compositions, leans more to Williamson's typical sound than Fure's. It's folk-rock, with many of the arrangements piano-based and containing hints of country and Native American ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Singer/songwriter Tret Fure first worked with Cris Williamson as an engineer on Williamson's children's album, Lumière 1982, after which the two became domestic partners and contributed to each other's albums, with Fure helping add a more produced, harder-rocking sound to Williamson's LPs Prairie Fire and Wolf Moon. With Postcards from Paradise, the two abandoned their solo careers to form a permanent duo act. The album, which contains five songs written by Williamson, four by Fure, and two co-compositions, leans more to Williamson's typical sound than Fure's. It's folk-rock, with many of the arrangements piano-based and containing hints of country and Native American styles here and there. Fure on her own is more of a rocker. "Little World Spinning Blue," with its pledge to be "forever, together," is an appropriate curtain raiser, introducing a series of story-songs, sometimes based on plays, "true" stories, or events in the songwriters' lives. "Living On" depicts a single father, while "Something Blue" is a sad reflection on homophobia; both draw their inspiration from plays. "The Stones from Helen's Field" chronicles the life story of the founder of a sauna in Minnesota; "Garden Ring" refers to Williamson and Fure's trip to Moscow; and "My Father's Hands" is Fure's tribute to her father. Williamson's elaborate, album-closing title song is "a dream of how things might have changed if Columbus had jumped ship on the island of Guanahani, chosen the Arawak people as his own, and burned all existing maps to the New World." Two of Williamson's songs, "If I Live" and "In the Best Interest of the Children" originally written for lesbian mothers and now the name of her pediatric AIDS charity, date from her 1978 album Live Dream. Whatever the subject matter, the two singers complement each other well on this varied collection, which nevertheless lacks the individual stamps of their solo work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2012
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 884501845175
  • Catalog Number: 5638057864
  • Sales rank: 392,479

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cris Williamson Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Laurie Lewis Fiddle, Background Vocals
Michael Callen Vocals, Background Vocals
Tret Fure Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar, Track Performer, Synthesizer Bass, Native American Drums, Brushes
Bonnie Hayes Synthesizer, Piano, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
June Millington Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Deidre McCalla Background Vocals
Leo Adamian Background Vocals
Joan Lowe Background Vocals
Sally Van Meter Dobro, Weissenborn
Lynn Vidal Background Vocals
Annette Aguilar Percussion, Background Vocals
Cam Davis Percussion, Background Vocals, Foot Percussion, Brushes
Ann Hackler Background Vocals
Jenna Mammina Background Vocals
Julie Aldwell Background Vocals
Martha Woods Background Vocals
Lee Madeloni Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Si Kahn Composer
Tret Fure Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Cris Williamson Producer
Bill Berry Composer
June Millington Arranger
Peter Buck Composer
Larry Byrom Composer
Virgil Evans Composer
George Horn Mastering
Mike Mills Composer
Michael Stipe Composer
Jill Davey Art Direction
Cam Davis Sound Effects
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