Songs for a Hurricane

Songs for a Hurricane

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by Kris Delmhorst
     
 

The woman who played fiddle and sang on Carl Cacho's excellent Spark album releases a dreamy and elegant 50 minutes of music over 13 titles. Kris Delmhorst's Songs for a Hurricane do not overpower like Stacie Rose's and Deb Pasternak's fine and more rocking endeavors. This artist is subtle in her approach with music that comes up behind you and a voiceSee more details below

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The woman who played fiddle and sang on Carl Cacho's excellent Spark album releases a dreamy and elegant 50 minutes of music over 13 titles. Kris Delmhorst's Songs for a Hurricane do not overpower like Stacie Rose's and Deb Pasternak's fine and more rocking endeavors. This artist is subtle in her approach with music that comes up behind you and a voice that breathes through the speakers. The eight-page booklet stretches the lyrics to all the songs in scroll-like fashion down four of the pages, a good way to get this extensive material into the listener's hands. The packaging is very old world with a weather vane pointing southwest. "Blow me down and leave my lying in your wake," she sings on the title track, and there's no doubt it's a passionate albeit dysfunctional relationship, commentary that the person in question would "rage" and "rain" and how "you could see it coming on for miles." Boy, hasn't everyone been there. It's music to take to heart, and though Neil Young made a similar comparison on his original while Bob Dylan was referencing fighter Rubin Carter, Delmhorst uses track eight to wake the sleeping giant, having lulled you into a trance with "Waiting Under the Waves," and on "Weathervane" she does dip into that world where Rose and Pasternak explode on record. The production by Delmhorst and Billy Conway is commendable, and the different instruments by a host of musicians find their place, all the elements part of a fabric. The singer doesn't use her voice to command the album as most artists do, but there are textures here, flashes of lyrical brilliance with lap steel guitars, accordion, xylophone, fiddle, and cello weaving in and out.Songs for a Hurricane is not an album for one sitting; it's a complex and deep work that begs for your attention, demanding you listen with careful ear. "Now it's Somerville Avenue rain/the night's coming down," the album reads like existential poetry with musical accompaniment, "Wasted Word" and "Short Work" tunes worth noting. Captivating and very intriguing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Signature Sounds
UPC:
0701237127927
catalogNumber:
1279
Rank:
231874

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kris Delmhorst   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Cello,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Kevin Barry   Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Dana Colley   Vocals
Billy Conway   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Julie Wolf   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Xylophone,Melodica,Wurlitzer
Steve Mayone   Electric Guitar
Andrew Mazzone   Bass,8-string Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Mark Erelli   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jabe "Charlie The Bubble Palantino" Beyer   Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Dana Colley   Engineer
Billy Conway   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer
Dave Locke   Mastering
Kris Delmhorst   Composer,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Jason Raboin   Engineer

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