Room to Grow

Room to Grow

by Adrienne Young

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Working through different modes of traditional country and folk, singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-producer Adrienne Young delivers a profoundly moving third album, a truly transcendent coupling of heart, vision, and inspired musicianship. "Room to Grow" is the best sort of mainstream contemporary country, a bold, driving, emotionally resonant song about building a relationship "stitch by stitch." Its place in the album kicks off a clutch of energetic burners that look at love from different angles. Young's frequent songwriting collaborator, Will Kimbrough, makes his own statement with rocking, fuzzed-out guitar interjections -- he contributed searing leads to Rodney Crowell's The Outsider, especially on "In Between the Heartbeats." With its jazzy organ punctuations and soaring guitar lines, the woozy take on Joni Mitchell's "Free Man in Paris" assumes a decidedly Allmans-like feel, suggesting a longer jamming piece for the concert stage. Balancing out the power surge with melancholy, Young digs into the "River and a Dirt Road," the old-timey atmosphere augmented by a brittle dobro line and a yearning fiddle retort; topping even that, she offers one of the most beautiful ballads of longing and loss in recent memory, "Once More," a honky-tonk duet with Phish bassist Mike Gordon. Singing with a conviction and brio reminiscent of Martina McBride at her finest, Adrienne Young grabs the brass ring this time out.
All Music Guide - Michael Berick
On her third album, Adrienne Young continues yet also expands on her earlier efforts. Although the Florida-born, Nashville-based performer maintains a rustic Americana feel from her first two discs, she has also polished up her sound. It is apparent from the rousing leadoff track "All for Good," a full-bodied, lightly twangy pop tune that would have fit in nicely with the Lilith Fair scene. After returning to her bluegrass roots, (as well as showcasing her banjo picking) on the second cut, "Sgt. Early's Dream/Maids of Castlebar," she dives into the disc's strongest section. On winning tunes like "Room to Grow," "In Between the Heartbeats" and "High Flyin' Dream," Young appealingly balances Americana rootsiness with poppier Nashville melodicism. It's interesting that her writing partners this time around not only include longtime collaborator Will Kimbrough but also Music City songwriter Mark D. Sanders (whose songs have been covered by the likes of Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Lee Ann Womack). While Young hasn't forsaken her backporch musical ways, she does create a slightly more sophisticated sound here. Her husky, honeyed voice feels right at home in this warm, more refined setting, whether on her own lovely ballad "Givin' Up the Fight" or duetting with Phish's Mike Gordon on the old country chestnut "Once More." Her other cover is a pleasant if rather conventional rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Free Man in Paris," which does hint at some jammy tendencies that surface later in "How Is This World Better Now." She's better served in the galloping country rocker "Dark Around the Moon," a tune that adds some grittiness to the disc. While Young is very politically active (particularly in environmental issues), she is writing more about the politics of the heart here than world politics. Still, her interests show up in her lyrics, which are filled with images of nature, animals and the Earth. A very accomplished effort, Room to Grow also is very much an album about artistic growth and it will be interesting to see how Young grows as an artist in the future.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adrienne Young   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals
Dale Ann Bradley   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Gordon Stone   Pedal Steel Guitar
Will Kimbrough   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmony,Resonator,Guitar (Resonator),Vocal Harmony
Mike Gordon   Bass,Vocals
Craig Harmon   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Jason Oettel   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Neil Cleary   Drums
Hans Holzen   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andy Hall   Dobro
Eric Merrill   Banjo,Fiddle,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Edward O'Day   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kyle Kegerreis   Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Composer
Justin Guip   Engineer
Will Kimbrough   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Jared Slomoff   Engineer
Adrienne Young   Composer,Art Direction
Dusty Owens   Composer

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