Screamin' for My Supper

Screamin' for My Supper

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by Beth Hart
     
 

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While most of the late-'90s gaggle of girls with guitars want to whisper secrets in your ear, Beth Hart is more likely to grab you by the lapels and shout her innermost thoughts straight into your face, decorum be damned. Descended pretty directly from singers like Janis Joplin -- whom she recently portrayed in "Love, Janis," a stage…  See more details below

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While most of the late-'90s gaggle of girls with guitars want to whisper secrets in your ear, Beth Hart is more likely to grab you by the lapels and shout her innermost thoughts straight into your face, decorum be damned. Descended pretty directly from singers like Janis Joplin -- whom she recently portrayed in "Love, Janis," a stage musical that's soon to begin a national tour -- the rail-thin, railin' Angeleno is at her best when she eschews subtlety altogether, something she did more often on her major label debut than on this followup. Even so, Hart manages to cut to the quick on a passel of SCREAMING FOR MY SUPPER's best songs, most notably the cutting "L.A. Song (Out of This Town)." Hart's more over-the-top instincts are tamed a bit by a fastidious production job that pushes some tracks ("Delicious Surprise," for one) into Sheryl Crow territory, but when her own personality shines through, it's the real deal.

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All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
L.A.-based rock singer Beth Hart released Screamin' for My Supper in 1999, three years after her debut, Immortal. Producing herself with help from longtime collaborator Tal Herzberg, and playing piano, keyboards, and arranging string sections, Screamin' for My Supper is a mature, fully realized sounding record. She kicks things off with "Just a Little Hole," a midtempo, smoldering cut with organ that gives it a blues/gospel feel. Hart's slightly raspy vocals complement things with a twinge of heartache and regret. "Delicious Surprise" is a punchy, roots-inflected rocker co-written with Glen Burtnik. "L.A. Song," the lead single, explores the darker side of sunny Southern California with gentle piano backing and hushed, understated vocals that make the song thought-provoking and compelling. Other noteworthy cuts include the slinky melody of "Is That Too Much to Ask," with an infectious chorus and smoking harmonica, and the poignant "By Her," which adds strings and accordion to the mix. Screamin' for My Supper is a confident effort that is a bit more rough-hewn than Sheryl Crow but fits comfortably into the same arena.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678319228
catalogNumber:
83192
Rank:
23923

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beth Hart   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Chris Hammer Smith   Harmonica
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Yolanda Adams   Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond Synth
Luis Conte   Percussion
Kirstin Fife   Strings
Stefanie Fife   Strings
Aaron Gross   Percussion
Gina Kronstadt   Strings
Oliver Leiber   Bass,Guitar
Lance Morrison   Bass
David Raven   Drums
Patrick Warren   Accordion,Harmonium,chamberlain
Matt Laug   Drums
Novi Novog   Strings
John Shanks   Guitar
Tristan Avakian   Guitar
Jimmy Khoury   Guitar
Kristin Fife   Strings
Rocco Bidlovski   Drums
Tal Herzberg   Bass
ELaine Gibbs   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Barresi   Engineer
Oliver Leiber   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Barry Rudolph   Engineer
Patrick Seymour   Arranger,String Arrangements
Eric "ET" Thorngren   Engineer
David Wolff   Management
Beth Hart   Arranger,Producer,Artwork,Orchestral Arrangements,Paintings,Concept Design
Jennifer Barbato   Art Direction,Logo Design
Jason Flom   Direction
Jaymes Foster-Levy   Director,Direction
Jill Rose   Artist Development
Larry Frazin   Director,Direction
John A. Pinsky   Logo Design
Tal Herzberg   Programming,Producer,Engineer

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Screamin' for My Supper 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Beth Hart is one of, if not the, best new artist around today. She has a great voice. Her music is great and she just all around rocks. I enjoy her sound and the fact that she plays the piano is just icing on the cake. Keep up the great work, Beth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Screamin' for My Supper is awesome. I almost didn't buy the cd (cause I'm so cheap) but then I heard her live on VH1, her piano playing and soulfull screaming/singing sold me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend loaned me his copy of this CD. Now I have to buy my own. I really enjoyed this disc. Besides sounding somewhat reminiscent of Janis Joplin, the music and arrangements on this recording reminded me of many other artists, primarily from the sixties. I don't know if this is due to Beth's influence or her producer's, but I found it very enjoyable. Among the influences I heard in this music, The Beatles stood out the most, but I also heard some of the Stones in the drums, CSN&Y in some guitar riffs, Grace Slick (with the Jefferson Airplane) on another track. Her piano sounds to me like a hybrid of Elton John and Joni Mitchell at times. And yet the music sounds fresh, not derivative...almost a tribute. By the time I finished listening to this disc, I wanted to meet her, which is saying a lot. So, if you's like to hear a fresh, sixties-based rocker, check out this CD. It is now one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago