Scream & Whisper

Scream & Whisper

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by Edwin McCain
At this point in Edwin McCain's career, it's clear that he has no plans to deviate from the folk-pop aesthetic he's embraced since his debut, Honor Among Thieves, but instead will spend his time continuing to play the light, jangly music that dominated the light rock airwaves in the early to mid-'90s. With Scream &


At this point in Edwin McCain's career, it's clear that he has no plans to deviate from the folk-pop aesthetic he's embraced since his debut, Honor Among Thieves, but instead will spend his time continuing to play the light, jangly music that dominated the light rock airwaves in the early to mid-'90s. With Scream & Whisper, McCain seems to focus lyrically on illustrating his fall from major-label status. His vague references to these apparently troublesome days come along in simple rhymes such as in the opening track, "Coming Down," where he states, "Your mom and dad have missed you and I'm sure your friends agree/There's no substitute of solitude and anonymity." Later in the song, McCain blows any chance of driving home the point he tries to reiterate in each of these label-story tracks -- which is his comfort and optimism in his new, less public life -- when he inexplicably changes from third person to first person and fishes for pity: "When I'm a million miles away, will no one even care?" The trouble with this is not that McCain might be experiencing conflict readjusting to a new pace, or that he feels slighted by the industry, but that it feels as though he's not being honest with the listener. He never taps the anger or hurt that seems to be dogging him, but instead relies on a series of clichés (plenty of references to the dazzling starry sky and burdensome locks and chains pepper the album), which he oddly addresses in the song "Say Anything" with the lyric, "It's not that the words aren't there but they'd only fail my emotions/Just want to feel this way without chaining you down to some old cliché."

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Edwin McCain   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Larry Chaney   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Noel Golden   Keyboards
Dave Harrison   Percussion,Drums
Pete Riley   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Maia Sharp   Vocals
Craig Shields   Bass Clarinet,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Wind Controller
John Lancaster   Piano,Wurlitzer
Lee Hendricks   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Rod Stewart   Composer
Larry Chaney   Composer
Noel Golden   Producer,Engineer
Malcolm Pardon   Composer
Martin Quittenton   Composer
Pete Riley   Composer
Maia Sharp   Composer
Edwin McCain   Composer
Mark Dobson   Programming
John Briglevich   Engineer
Angie Aparo   Composer
Mike Froedge   Drum Technician
Scott Johnson   Art Direction
Christopher Wade Damerst   Programming
Paul O'Brien   Composer
Fredrik Rinman   Composer
Rodney Bursiel   Cover Photo
Phillip Ducker   Engineer

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Scream & Whisper 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
edwin mccain never ceases to amaze me with his writing talents, and musical ability. he touches the heart and soul of a person, and moves them like no other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin McCain is one of the greatest songwriters and story tellers of our time. This album simply proves that point all over again. A must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am glad to see another Edwin McCain CD coming out just only a little over a year since the last. I have been an avid Edwin fan since the very first album and I am always glad to add a new CD to the collection. With each new project you can see Edwin grow spiritualy and the new Scream and Whisper CD is no different. He seems to be back to his roots of great feel good music that helps you forget about your worries. GO ADD THIS TO YOUR COLLECTION!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin's done it again! The songs are amazingly more touching than ever. "Good Enough", a story about a bar having a no colored people allowed sign up, yet, they still allow blacks to sing there, then kick them out! "Say Anything" is a beautiful duet which seems to me that it should be a wedding song! Maggie May, the bonus track is great! It sounds just as good as Rod Stewart but with Edwin's own style. This track really shows Edwin's voice talents are up there with the greats!
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT ALBUM! Another great compilation of soulfilled rock. Another 4-5 songs that will be remembered for our generation. The album is a must HAVE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one great album. as a die hard edwin fan, i was very impressed with it. first, it contains all new material; none had been previouisly realeased. being a die hard, i was super excited to see his remake of "maggie may". he has played this at concerts before so this was an extra bonus. the rest are all edwin & band material. the songs are both upbeat and fun (perfect for jamming with the car windows down during the summer) but also meaningful. it's as if edwin is in my head and putting words to some of the feelings i have felt. from love, to racism, to tinkerbell, edwin covers all issues. his words are human and heart-felt and the emotion in his voice conveys the messages perfectly. "say anything" has been realeased as the albums single so if this is the hook to get you to try edwin, go for it. you won't find any other true singer/songwriter in this day and age. (grrr on pop images) at this moment, say anything is my most favorite from this album, although i still have other favorites, my heart and soul are both touched by the words and music of this duet. edwin's songs MEAN something, and yet again he realeases an album that follows his true style. a big thank you to edwin mccain and band. got to have it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan since 94 and He keeps getting better and better. His music is soulful and he lets his heart shine through this album. He has had some changes with the band and you would never know by listening. He really has what it takes to be an amazing artist, talent and the ability to take a song and make it memorable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've been left out in the dark this past decade & overlooked this amazing artist, now is the time to get up & take notice! Edwin McCain is without a doubt the most under rated artist of our time. His new cd seems to be more autobiographical than previous releases & I gurantee his story won't disappoint! Do yourself a favor & pick up a copy today! From the catch Shooting Stars & Coming Down, to the statement that Good Enough makes and the love he yells from the rooftops in Couldn't Love You More...this is sure to be a favorite in your collection for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally another album by Edwin McCain! Over all this is a great album with wonderful songs, such as: Shooting Stars, Say Anything featuring Maia Sharp (what a great voice!)Couldn't Love You More, and a fun remake of Rod Stewarts Maggie May. This one will stay in my cd player for a long time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the much anticipated new album from Edwin McCain and he did a FANTASTIC job! After switching to a new label, Edwin proves with Scream and Whisper that he still has what it takes. The songs are great. The title song is well preformed and includes a duet with Maia Sharp. This satisfied customer will definitely catch the next Edwin concert when he comes to Orlando. My recommendation is to get the album, listen to it, and go sing along at the concert. Great Job Edwin!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scream & Whisper has just been released today,06-22-04,I had to go to 3 places before I could find one in stock. There are 14 huges tracks, but my FAVORITE, by far is "Say Anything"! Many Thanks to Edwin for introducing me to Maia Sharp. She has a very powerfull and uplifting voice. If you haven't bought it yet. You don't know what you're missing!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a edwin fan for YEARS now and Scream and Whisper is Edwin's best album yet. I got this CD this afternoon and already I'm in love with it. Usually it takes me a few days to warm up to a CD and figure out if it was worth my money but not with this one. I already love every song on the CD. I've even got my mom listening to it. If you like edwin mccain...even just a little bit...go out and get this CD. It's SO worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't even pull out of the parking lot at the store and I was hooked! In all fairness, I need to hear it a few more times to figure out which one(s) I'll pick to listen to on short trips to the grocery store...but I already have one singled out..."Say Anything"! While Maia Sharp does a fantastic job pairing up with Edwin on this track, I must give kudos to the live rendition I heard with Toby Lightman...UNREAL! OH...and if you are a nut for the mandolin...check out track 14 where Edwin gives Rod Stewart a serious run for his money! So to sum it up, it would be a tragedy to miss this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This by far is the best album for him. He really shines through and sings his heart out and he has had some band changes, but you would never know. Craig is still the best Sax Player in the world. If you have not purchased any of his music NOW IS THE TIME
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD, Scream & Whisper, is categorically brilliant. Edwin McCain Band has out done their selves again. Edwin McCain is a fantastic storyteller, poet, and songwriter. His music has a mixture of sounds: jazz, soul, and rock. Edwin’s lyrics come from his heart and tell a meaningful message that is poetic and set masterfully to music. Of course this CD wouldn’t sound as it does without Larry Chaney, Craig Shields, Lee Hendricks, Dave Harrison, and Pete Riley. This CD is definitely a must have for any person who is not only an Edwin McCain fan but also a music lover in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin's newest release will be popular with his current fans and, more importantly, attract newer listeners who favor music with a bit more of a "pop" flavor. The release single "Say Anything" is a romantic duet with Maia Sharp. Her smooth melodic rendering is contrasted with Edwin's bluesy tones to create an incredible "sweet and sour" track. Fans of Edwin's tour will enjoy "Good Enough" and "Maggie May", which he has performed live often. There is nothing on the CD that is too heavy, unless of course, you consider Edwin's lyrics. They are, as always, the poetry of the common man. I highly recommend this release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin has a way of connecting with his listeners thru his music. This is a most enjoyable album, and should definitely be given a chance to be heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another Fantastic album by the best singer/songwriter in the world. This albukm covers all the bases and really hits a homerun. His songs of Say anything and Good Enough are phenominal all the way to the cover song of Maggie May, orginally by Rod Stewart transposed by Edwin in such a great way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He did it again. Take one listen to this album amd edwin has laid it all out on the table. This is so pure and heart felt it is the best album ever from Ed and in my opinion possibly the best of 2004. In a time where music is full of kids and prefabricated stars Edwin showed us that there are still musicians who are true to there music and passionate about the songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing is the only word for this CD. Although I have all of the other {6!!!} albums, this is the best. The single release, "SAY ANYTHING" is a beautiful duet with Maia and Edwin singing to each other. Great harmony, and a great catchy tune. I can identify with the comments back and forth about communicating! There are at least 6 potential hit singles on the CD. Yes, seriously. The best one is a beautiful song titled, "Could Not Love You More." It is a beautiful ballad with more depth than his previous huge love song hits. It grabs you and won't let you go! Prepare to be humming it to yourself for days. My husband does it, too! There's a great song called "Shooting Stars" that makes you think twice about materialism ... as does "Turning Around." We need to be reminded of what is really important... The same goes for the songs, "White Crosses" and "Good Enough." We often fail to remember what it's like to be in the shoes of another less fortunate person, or one who is the victim of prejudice. Both should bring tears to your eyes, and a renewed desire to fight against those things that we can change. Overall, it is a very upbeat collection of songs that show the many talents of all of the band members. Edwin McCain is just amazing. This will be my favorite CD for a very long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is witout a doubt edwins best work to date.i can`t wait for him to do these songs live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scream & Whisper, Edwin's latest offering introduces us to a new, dare I say, mature Edwin. "Say Anything," the first single released off the album gives us only a glimpse of the talent to be found on the rest of the album. My personal favorites are "Shooting Stars" and "Couldn't Love You More." If you are a longtime Edwin fan, I think you will really enjoy this one. If you've heard "Say Anything" on the radio, I encourage you to give the rest of the album a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether Edwin is singing a slow number or doing his famous note holding this cd has it all! A must hear is 'Maggie Mae' a remake from an old classic and 'Say Anything' a duet which will be at the top of the charts. I have never met a person that once they heard Edwin wasn't hooked if they gave him a chance. You must get this cd to find out what you have been missing all of this time. I promise you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album by the Edwin McCain Band is incredible. On each album in the past Edwin and the band have had kind of a different overall sound for each one. On this album they provide such a different range of styles on the songs, but every song has one common denominator; they are all lyrically meaningful and soulfully and artistically done. Edwin has always had the ability to write and put together catchy songs, while still keeping them lyrically intelligent, and Scream & Whisper is no difference. The title comes from a line in the chorus of "Say Anything", but it's most fitting because a portion of the songs are jammin' with the full band, and the other portion is more stripped down with an acoustic feel. Track by track here's a summary... 1.Coming Down - This song is one of two on the cd that describes Edwin's escape from and victory over his depression and his abuse of smoking and alcohol. It's a great description of the up that he is on now and how he's back on track and happy with life, not to mention his friends and family who were worried about him. The sound goes back to the jam band sound of his earlier days. One of my favorite songs on the album easily. "I'm just coming down from this starry sky, I'm just glad to be here but most of all I'm thankful I'm alive..." 2.Shooting Stars - This is a very catchy song with a great message. It's not the material things that we need, but that love that we already have that we can share with each other that is the point. "Free your mind let your heart sing and just remember that they're only things..." 3.Throw It All Away - Having to face the reality of knowing that someone you care about is just going to throw it all away, not quite sure what it is referring too, but maybe that's the point, which makes it more universal. A slower, chill sound. 4.Say Anything (duet w/ Maia Sharp) - A really beautiful song, Edwin's first duet on an album with a female, and Maia has an incredible voice. A song about a man and a woman, and how she just wants to hear those words of how he feels, but it's hard for the man to describe his feelings to her. Very true to life. One of the best songs of the year, should be all over radio, already out now, request it. "Give me just one word, you can scream or whisper, if you want to stay with me tell me why, say anything..." 5.Turning Around - Another jamming song, the second of the two tracks on the album about Edwin turning his life around. "Said goodbye to ego and the shame, there's no use in hiding in that fame. 6.Couldn't Love You More - Forget "I'll Be". This may be Edwin's best ballad. Definitely his truest in my opinion. Straight to his wife about how much his love is real. "And they said I couldn't love you and that it would never last, he's just a crazy boy just look at his past, And they said I couldn't love you but that was just a lie, I couldn't love you more if I tried..." 7.Good Enough - Maybe the most meaningful song on the album. Written with black artist Tyrone Coleman, who actually played piano in a club but after he played had to leave because coloreds weren't allowed, even today. This songs speaks on that and pays tribute to the early black icons of rock & roll who had to fight racism to pave the way for others. "If I'm good enough to play then I'm good enough to stay in your heart..." 8.Farewell To Tinkerbell - Just a fun, fun song. A really fast paced song, but it actually ties in to Edwin's real life. Very clever songwriting, and Edwin's favorite track. "And I know there will be times that I will wish for fairy's dust, you know I've found a good woman and she's cleaning up the rust..." 9.How Can You Say That - A very beautiful song, real bluesy number, still trying to figure it out, a song that makes you think. "After all of those secrets you let me believe, there's no rose petal air there's just thorns when I bre