Real Deal

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2005
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 618106540629
  • Catalog Number: 5637258417
  • Sales rank: 391,145

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Songbird (2:59)
  2. 2 Mercy (5:16)
  3. 3 Waters of Spokane (4:20)
  4. 4 My House Tonight (2:50)
  5. 5 Rumi's Song (2:55)
  6. 6 True Story True Blue (4:23)
  7. 7 Little Traveler (4:18)
  8. 8 Footprints (4:30)
  9. 9 Hecho en Mexico (4:30)
  10. 10 Red Red Room (3:19)
  11. 11 Real Deal (4:03)
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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, Mastering
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