Somewhere Near Paterson (Richard Shindell)

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Richard Shindell's lyrics leaven life's enigmas, contradictions, and ambiguities with insight, challenging his listeners. Whether he's painting pictures of love, loss, family connection, and history in "Abuelita," or taking an intoxicatingly fresh turn on an oft used image in "Spring," Shindell, one third of folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry, distills emotions to their essence, then supports them with appropriately tuneful melodies. There's the Latin tinge of "Abuelita," the driving folk-rock beat of "Confession," and the stringband bounce of "Waiting for a Storm." "Spring Summer Reel" sports a Celtic feel. Shindell's Crying partners Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams guest on ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Richard Shindell's lyrics leaven life's enigmas, contradictions, and ambiguities with insight, challenging his listeners. Whether he's painting pictures of love, loss, family connection, and history in "Abuelita," or taking an intoxicatingly fresh turn on an oft used image in "Spring," Shindell, one third of folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry, distills emotions to their essence, then supports them with appropriately tuneful melodies. There's the Latin tinge of "Abuelita," the driving folk-rock beat of "Confession," and the stringband bounce of "Waiting for a Storm." "Spring Summer Reel" sports a Celtic feel. Shindell's Crying partners Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams guest on the disc, which includes a never-before-recorded Williams song, "Calling the Moon." A folk luminary no lesser than Joan Baez calls Richard Shindell "one of the best songwriters of this or any other era." Listen in -- we bet you'll agree.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The opening track on Richard Shindell's fourth album is called "Confession," but most of his compositions on the record could have been given the same title, since they are first-person story songs in which one character reveals something to another. In "Confession," a fallen-Catholic stock broker talks about himself as a means of wheedling more pills from his doctor; in "Abuelita," a grandmother reaches out to a grandchild who was adopted by another family; in "You Stay Here," a refugee confers with his family before going out for provisions; and "Wisteria" finds a couple sitting outside a house they used to live in and reminiscing. These are small, detailed portraits that Shindell inhabits without getting sentimental or, for the most part, drawing any conclusions, though the apocalyptic "Transit," the album's longest song and the one that contains the phrase "somewhere near Paterson," calls up a vision of road rage that turns drivers into lemmings, plunging into the Delaware Water Gap after losing their tempers over a nun with a flat tire -- this ex-seminarian retains some of his Catholic sense of retribution. The songs are built on Shindell's resonant voice and rhythmic playing, which producer Larry Campbell augments with a variety of stringed instruments, most of which he plays himself. Shindell's partners in "Cry, Cry, Cry," Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams, turn up here and there, notably joining him on Buddy and Julie Miller's "My Love Will Follow You," which could have fit nicely on the Cry, Cry, Cry album. Somewhere Near Paterson is a collection of carefully crafted miniatures that do not add up to a major statement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2001
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 701237125626
  • Catalog Number: 5637470543
  • Sales rank: 159,745

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hauntingly Beautiful

    Richard Shindell is an outstanding folk musician and the songs on this album evoke emotions that are unable to be expressed with words. The melodies are reminiscent, haunting, and introspective. Like a beautiful sunset, you will want to savor every moment.

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