Simplicity

Simplicity

by Kim & Reggie Harris
     
 

Kim & Reggie Harris don't mind wearing their political views on their sleeves. This, however, doesn't mean that Simplicity hits the listener over the head with left-wing positions. Instead, songs like "Big Big World" broadly condemn the small minds of the wealthy few who lay on the beach in Belize while so many go without. The duo cleverly points out that no…  See more details below

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Kim & Reggie Harris don't mind wearing their political views on their sleeves. This, however, doesn't mean that Simplicity hits the listener over the head with left-wing positions. Instead, songs like "Big Big World" broadly condemn the small minds of the wealthy few who lay on the beach in Belize while so many go without. The duo cleverly points out that no one really knows what a politician means by "new world order." "Hold On" implores the battered and berated to never give up, while the instrumental "Song of Peace" floats like a prayer sent up for the unity of all nations. Other traditional songs also read like prayers to a higher power. There's a distinctive version of "This Little Light of Mine," complete with lovely harmony, and "Roll Jordan, Roll," beautifully sung by Kim Harris. The events of September 11 are also present on Simplicity, most obviously on "Short Shift at Ground Zero," a song that provides a three-dimensional view of a national tragedy. Kim & Reggie Harris also don't mind borrowing material from others. Certain choices, like Pete Seeger's "Rainbow Race," seem obvious, while others, like Sting's "We Work the Black Seam," are less so. Acoustic guitars, bass, and mild percussion provide atmospheric arrangements for the material and an appropriate underpinning for the vocals. While Simplicity's willingness to delve into political and social themes is quite rare among post-revival folksingers, it is a welcome change of pace from the usual singer/songwriter fare. Kim & Reggie Harris have recorded a heartfelt album, delivered with sincerity.

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Editorial Reviews

Dirty Linen
Kim and Reggie Harris have added another album of finely crafted original songs, well-chosen traditional numbers, and smartly interpreted covers to their Appleseed discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Appleseed Records
UPC:
0611587106124
catalogNumber:
1061

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kim & Reggie Harris   Primary Artist
John Sebastian   Harmonica
David Oliver   Keyboards
Charlie King   Vocals
David Roth   Vocals
Chris Andersen   Keyboards
Greg Artzner   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Hammer   Bass
Reggie Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Terry Leonino   Dulcimer,Vocals
Brian Melick   Percussion,Drums,Udu
Cecily Gardner   Keyboards
Kim Harris   Vocals
Mark Murphy   Bass

Technical Credits

Sting   Composer
Chris Andersen   Producer,Engineer
Reggie Harris   Producer
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Public Domain   Composer
Frank Moscowitz   Sound Effects

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