Real Deal

Real Deal

by Cris Williamson
     
 
The most striking immediate impression made by Cris Williamson's 12th solo studio album, Real Deal, is its musical spareness. The singer/songwriter has long been associated primarily with the piano, and keyboards of one sort or another have provided the basis for most of her arrangements. Not so here. For the first seven of the 11 tracks, Williamson, who does

Overview

The most striking immediate impression made by Cris Williamson's 12th solo studio album, Real Deal, is its musical spareness. The singer/songwriter has long been associated primarily with the piano, and keyboards of one sort or another have provided the basis for most of her arrangements. Not so here. For the first seven of the 11 tracks, Williamson, who does not play at all apart from the strumstick for which she is credited on "Mercy," contents herself with two or three backup instruments, usually stringed ones; when Barbara Higbie's piano begins to play on "Rumi's Song" five tracks in, it comes as a shock. On the last four tracks, more instruments are used, building up to the folk-rock of the title song, which even boasts an electric guitar solo, but keyboards are de-emphasized. This simple, folk approach suits Williamson's songs, which are also simple and folk-like in construction, with lyrics that tend either to be plainspoken and direct or abstract and poetic, but in both cases clearly expressed. Williamson takes on politics in "The Waters of Spokane," a condemnation of polluters, and she also stakes out a position in opposition to everything from the mass media to the FBI in "My House Tonight," which sounds like something Pete Seeger could sing. But she can also show a light touch, particularly on the love song "True Story/True Blue" and the Latin-tinged "Hecho en Mexico." And she isn't above borrowing from poets such as Emily Dickinson ("Songbird") and Rumi ("Rumi's Song") in her search for imagery in her more flowery efforts. Real Deal is not one of her great albums, but it is a sturdy, workmanlike collection of songs presented in a surprisingly unadorned style.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2005
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0618106540629
catalogNumber:
5637258417
Rank:
283379

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cris Williamson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Laurie Lewis   Background Vocals
Barbara Higbie   Fiddle,Piano,Hammered Dulcimer
Linda Tillery   Background Vocals
Teresa Trull   Background Vocals
Todd Phillips   Acoustic Bass
Stef Burns   Electric Guitar
Nina Gerber   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kevin Hayes   Drums,Background Vocals
Joan Jeanrenaud   Cello
Karl Perazzo   Percussion
Vicki Randle   Background Vocals
Benny Rietveld   Electric Bass,Background Vocals
Julie Wolf   Organ,Accordion,Melodica
Nicolas Bearde   Background Vocals
Tal Morris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Teresa Trull   Producer
Cris Williamson   Composer
Tom Size   Engineer

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