Semaphore

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Perhaps the first thing to catch one's attention on Lisa Mednick's second release is the curious title, Semaphore. The picture of the railroad crossing on the cover, however, provides a clue: a semaphore is "any apparatus for signaling." The elliptical lyrics of the title track identify a universal female figure as a signaler, mystically offering directions that spring from divine sources. "Widow of this World" likewise uses the image of a woman to explore the values of being married in both the literal and figurative sense to a man, a city, and a country. If all of this sounds a bit "heavy," fear not. While Mednick writes careful lyrics with strange words like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Perhaps the first thing to catch one's attention on Lisa Mednick's second release is the curious title, Semaphore. The picture of the railroad crossing on the cover, however, provides a clue: a semaphore is "any apparatus for signaling." The elliptical lyrics of the title track identify a universal female figure as a signaler, mystically offering directions that spring from divine sources. "Widow of this World" likewise uses the image of a woman to explore the values of being married in both the literal and figurative sense to a man, a city, and a country. If all of this sounds a bit "heavy," fear not. While Mednick writes careful lyrics with strange words like "anchorite," she doesn't consider herself one of those navel-gazing singer/songwriters. Instead, songwriting is just another aspect of building a musical tapestry. Atmospheric guitars mingle with dreamy keyboards on "Falling off a Wheel" and "No More Rain," while bass and percussion offer a balanced underpinning. The mix also varies frequently, keeping these tunes from falling into a tired groove. Accordion adds pizzazz to the Cajun-drenched "Sad Louisiana Waltz," while the cello/piano combo gives "Dancing in My Cell" a classical air. While Mednick's stylized soprano reminds one more of a pop singer like Natalie Merchant than her Austin-based peers, it is just right for delivering sonically charged pieces like "Wrecker" and "Stranger." Musically and lyrically, Semaphore offers a rich mix of carefully layered Americana.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Texas Music Group
  • UPC: 049891800221
  • Catalog Number: 8002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wrecker (4:32)
  2. 2 Stranger (3:42)
  3. 3 Chickamauga (4:43)
  4. 4 Widow of This World (6:39)
  5. 5 She Loved You (6:21)
  6. 6 Semaphore (4:42)
  7. 7 Falling Off a Wheel (5:20)
  8. 8 No More Rain (3:16)
  9. 9 Sad Louisiana Waltz (3:08)
  10. 10 Feed the Beast (5:08)
  11. 11 Dancing in My Cell (4:56)
  12. 12 Open the Window (4:46)
  13. 13 [Untitled Hidden Track] (1:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lisa Mednick Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Electric Piano, Vocals
Michael Adams Hand Clapping
John Hagen Cello
Deschamps Hood Fiddle
Stanley Kastner Vocals
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Paul Mills Conga, Shaker
George Reiff Bass, bass pedals
Allison Young Vocal Harmony
Ian Bailey Drums
John Kastner Vocals
Hector Muñoz Percussion, Drums, Djembe
Paul Miles Tambourine
Kevin Carroll Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping, Hi String, Vocal Harmony, Fuzz-wah
Ronnie Johnson Bass
Dana Myzer Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Lisa Mednick Producer, Cover Photo, Duet
Ron Flynt Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Peter Holsapple Duet
Allison Young Duet
Charles Reeves Engineer
Dana Myzer Contributor
Rick DeLellis Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    darkly beatiful

    An amazingly good second album by Lisa Mednick. Rootsy, contemporary, moody and meditative at the same time. Great songs, great vocals and great guitar playing. Very hypnotic grooves and hooks with some intense lyrical subject matter.

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