Realistic

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • UPC: 711297332322
  • Catalog Number: 3323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wait for the Sun (4:36)
  2. 2 Realistic (2:59)
  3. 3 Spider (5:36)
  4. 4 Born Knowing (3:48)
  5. 5 Dangerous (3:10)
  6. 6 Walking Man (3:15)
  7. 7 Lonely boy (4:26)
  8. 8 Out of Your Mind (3:18)
  9. 9 These Days (2:08)
  10. 10 Ties That Bind (3:30)
  11. 11 Serenade (7:51)
  12. 12 Brand New Spring (2:23)
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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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