Realistic

Realistic

by Mary Lorson & Saint Low
     
 

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Mary Lorson and Saint Low's Realistic follows the same path as 2002's underrated Tricks for Dawn, featuring as it does achingly pretty and mostly melancholy songs with lush instrumentation and Lorson's sweet but heartfelt vocals. Lorson and her ex-Madder Rose compatriot Billy Coté have improved on…  See more details below

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Mary Lorson and Saint Low's Realistic follows the same path as 2002's underrated Tricks for Dawn, featuring as it does achingly pretty and mostly melancholy songs with lush instrumentation and Lorson's sweet but heartfelt vocals. Lorson and her ex-Madder Rose compatriot Billy Coté have improved on that record. The sound is richer and more interesting, the songs are hookier, and overall it is undoubtedly the best record that either of them has been involved in, which is saying something as Madder Rose released many very fine recordings. In a perfect musical world Realistic would vault Lorson to the front ranks of singer/songwriters of both today and yesteryear. It certainly sounds like a classic singer/songwriter record of yesteryear, as Lorson sounds throughout as if she is in touch with her inner Carole King. Piano-driven, catchy, and conversational tunes like "Lonely Boy," "Walking Man," and "Dangerous" wouldn't have sounded out of place on Tapestry or at least, Music. In fact, much of the album has a Laurel Canyon singer/songwriter feel to it, bolstered by Lorson's intimate singing and literate lyrics, and the musicians soft and sympathetic backing. There are also hints of chamber pop thanks to the use of strings and horns, early-'70s pop-country due to the pedal steel that pops up occasionally, and of Madder Rose, especially on the heartbreakingly delicate "Spiders" which sports lyrics destined to cut through vulnerable hearts like a sword. Indeed much of Realistic aims right for the heart. It is powerful enough that in the right mood it could move you to tears. In any mood it is an impressive achievement and an overwhelmingly satisfying listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
Label:
Cooking Vinyl
UPC:
0711297332322
catalogNumber:
3323

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Lorson & Saint Low   Primary Artist
Mary Lorson   Indexed Contributor,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,fender rhodes
Matt Keating   Vocals
Billy Coté   Electric Guitar
Judy Hyman   Violin
Peter Glenville   Choir, Chorus
Mike Stark   Organ,Piano
Johnny Dowd   Vocals
Jennie Stearns   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Peter Dodge   Horn
Brian Dudla   Drums,Choir, Chorus
Rick Hansen   Accordion,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gabriel Tavares   Choir, Chorus
Larry Bates   Pedal Steel Guitar
Walt Lorenzut   Electric Bass
Roman Cote   Bird Calls
Diana Geiger   Cello
Steve Gollnick   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Megan Hickey   Lap Steel Guitar
Lindsey Keck   French Horn
Jen Middaugh   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joe Myer   Violin
Loretta Roome   Choir, Chorus
Gary Siperko   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Ryan Cady   Drums

Technical Credits

Billy Coté   Producer,Engineer
Chad Crumm   Engineer
Mary Lorson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Eric Feinstein   Horn Arrangements
Matthew Saccucci Morano   Engineer
Kathy Ziegler   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation

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