Shannon Stephens

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Shannon Stephens, a former bandmate and longtime friend of Sufjan Stevens, released her solo debut in 2000 before dropping out of the limelight to raise a family. One decade later, her career is back in full swing thanks to Sufjan's own record label, Asthmatic Kitty, which released Stephens' second album ten years old, but its sparse, soft-spoken folk music isn't exactly time specific, and it works just as well in 2010 as it would've at the turn of the millennium. Stephens decorates her songs lightly, inviting a few friends into the studio to play their instruments -- piano, guitar, and brushed percussion chief among them -- but usually taking a solo approach to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Shannon Stephens, a former bandmate and longtime friend of Sufjan Stevens, released her solo debut in 2000 before dropping out of the limelight to raise a family. One decade later, her career is back in full swing thanks to Sufjan's own record label, Asthmatic Kitty, which released Stephens' second album ten years old, but its sparse, soft-spoken folk music isn't exactly time specific, and it works just as well in 2010 as it would've at the turn of the millennium. Stephens decorates her songs lightly, inviting a few friends into the studio to play their instruments -- piano, guitar, and brushed percussion chief among them -- but usually taking a solo approach to the material, the majority of which seems to shine a spotlight on her lyrics. Like many coffeehouse-styled songwriters, she draws upon a hit-or-miss love life for inspiration -- but she does so with a unique, poetic touch, finding metaphors in unlikely places "You'll tire out soon enough, for I am a fruitless tree/All leaves, all leaves" and gravitating toward words that her contemporaries would struggle to use in a sentence "girded," "penumbra". She result is part Lilith Fair folk and part collegiate confessionalism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2010
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • UPC: 656605605623
  • Catalog Number: 56056
  • Sales rank: 329,486

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Gentle Your Arms (4:16)
  2. 2 Panic (3:49)
  3. 3 Months (2:54)
  4. 4 I Want To Be Your Friend (4:44)
  5. 5 Deliverance (4:39)
  6. 6 I Don't Want to Go (4:18)
  7. 7 Welcome To New York (4:28)
  8. 8 Air So Thick (2:23)
  9. 9 Army of 7:00 (6:53)
  10. 10 Catch the Morning Line (4:19)
  11. 11 Arrows (3:10)
  12. 12 I'll Be Glad (3:07)
  13. 13 Arrows (Reprise) (7:04)
  14. 14 My Feeble Heart (2:38)
  15. 15 The Way Relationships End Up (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shannon Stephens Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Paul Mumaw Drums
Kenny Hutson Pedal Steel Guitar
Jason Harrod Harmonica, Background Vocals
Sufjan Stevens Drums
James McAlister Percussion, Drums
Jason Brouwer Drums
Matthew Haseltine Guitar
Roman Bolks Banjo, Guitar
Chris Carr Upright Bass
Phillip Peteson Cello, Upright Bass
Jason Hammond Drums
Jamie Kempkers Cello
Heather Stephens Background Vocals
Derek Walvoord Viola
Technical Credits
John Erskine Engineer
Sufjan Stevens Remixing, Re-arranged
Shannon Stephens Composer, Engineer
Matthew Haseltine Engineer
Fred Baker Mastering
TW Walsh Engineer
Gala Bent Illustrations
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