Promised Land

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
At heart, Dar Williams is a folkie who also loves pop music, and while her affection for the stuff is genuine, she doesn't always seem sure about how to integrate it into her own music, sometimes making for a graceful fusion and other times sounding like a shotgun wedding between the gentle and the forceful sides of her personality. For her seventh studio album, 2008's Promised Land, Williams went into the studio with producer Brad Wood, who previously worked with Liz Phair, Tortoise, and Pete Yorn, and given his knack for dealing with both smart songwriting and edgy musical backdrops, Wood seemed like a fine choice to help Williams resolve her musical mind/body conflicts. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
At heart, Dar Williams is a folkie who also loves pop music, and while her affection for the stuff is genuine, she doesn't always seem sure about how to integrate it into her own music, sometimes making for a graceful fusion and other times sounding like a shotgun wedding between the gentle and the forceful sides of her personality. For her seventh studio album, 2008's Promised Land, Williams went into the studio with producer Brad Wood, who previously worked with Liz Phair, Tortoise, and Pete Yorn, and given his knack for dealing with both smart songwriting and edgy musical backdrops, Wood seemed like a fine choice to help Williams resolve her musical mind/body conflicts. While Wood was clearly a sympathetic collaborator, Promised Land surprisingly leans to the folkie end of Williams' spectrum rather than the pop; while there are a few bright uptempo numbers here like "Go to the Woods" which features a guest vocal from Suzanne Vega, "Buzzer," and "It's Alright," the band never pushes Williams any harder than is comfortable, and more often the songs are married to subtle, unobtrusive arrangements that offer much more in atmosphere than energy, such as "Holly Tree" and "You Are Everyone." Presumably Wood was smart enough to realize this was not the right collection of songs for Williams to embrace her inner pop goddess; clearly an album that reflects its time, Promised Land is a set of introspective meditations on a troubled world, and while these songs are not without wit and occasionally cast their eye on romance, the worried woman in "Buzzer" who contemplates her own complicity in a corrupt culture, the people who retreat into a pastoral refuge in "Go to the Woods," and the homage to the artists who sustain us through difficult times on "Midnight Radio" all cast different reflections on a world that teeters on the brink of madness. Despite the deep shadows of this music, Promised Land is an album that carries a fervent hope in its heart, and Williams and her collaborators including Greg Leisz and Marshall Crenshaw find a cool and sustaining beauty in these songs that serves them and their composer very well.
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
More literate work from one of our most thoughtful singer-songwriters, with promising cameos from Marshall Crenshaw and Gary Louris.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018299626
  • Catalog Number: 82996
  • Sales rank: 101,707

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Alright (3:27)
  2. 2 Book of Love (3:34)
  3. 3 The Easy Way (3:31)
  4. 4 The Tide Falls Away (2:46)
  5. 5 Buzzer (2:57)
  6. 6 The Business of Things (2:31)
  7. 7 You Are Everyone (4:30)
  8. 8 Go to the Woods (2:54)
  9. 9 Holly Tree (4:13)
  10. 10 Troubled Times (3:34)
  11. 11 Midnight Radio (4:27)
  12. 12 Summerday (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dar Williams Primary Artist
Marshall Crenshaw Guitar
Suzanne Vega Background Vocals
Steve Holley Drums
Greg Leisz Guitar
Travis Aaron McNabb Drums
Michael Visceglia Bass
Brad Wood Bass
Ben Butler Guitar
Lara Meyerratken Keyboards
Pelle Hillstrom Guitar
Technical Credits
Dar Williams Composer
Rob Hyman Composer
Gary Louris Composer
Brad Wood Producer, Engineer
Chris Collingwood Composer
Brandon Mason Producer
Valerie Clark Artwork
Stephen Trask Composer
Traci Goudie Booklet Design
Richard Bruce Artwork
Noah Goldstein Engineer
Christopher Albert Artwork
Aidan Draper Artwork
Simon Draper Artwork
Kathy Feighery Artwork
Marnie Hillsley Artwork
Matthew Kinney Artwork
Stephen Robinson Artwork
Grey Zeien Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Dar William's new CD, Promised Land is such beautiful music!

    As always, Dar Williams has created a collection of truly beautiful music. I have been a huge fan since first hearing her music in the late 90's. It is in the perfect 'purple-gray' between folk and rock with superb lyrics. "Buzzer" is just a sample of the brilliant story telling and thought provoking lyrics that are expertly hand crafted for each song. Promised Land is the perfect CD for driving down the road and singing along or sitting quietly in the evening with a glass of wine and letting the music take you for a ride.

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