Spirit Trail

Spirit Trail

5.0 3
by Bruce Hornsby
     
 
Spirit Trail is a portrait of unchecked self-indulgence; its tracks, with their overly busy arrangements, go on too long, not to mention the extended instrumental piano interludes that suddenly pop up here and there and, for example, the two versions of "Preacher in the Ring," with different music and lyrics, neither of them very interesting. Musically and

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Spirit Trail is a portrait of unchecked self-indulgence; its tracks, with their overly busy arrangements, go on too long, not to mention the extended instrumental piano interludes that suddenly pop up here and there and, for example, the two versions of "Preacher in the Ring," with different music and lyrics, neither of them very interesting. Musically and lyrically, Bruce Hornsby is badly in need of an editor. The music should be cut, and the lyrics to these story songs should be streamlined -- often they do not sit well on the music--- and clarified -- it's usually difficult to tell exactly what he's singing about. But none of this is to criticize Hornsby as a player. He may feel compelled to display his picture ID from his days at the Berklee College of Music in the CD booklet, but nobody has ever questioned his technical ability. Maybe, however, it's time for him to go all the way into instrumental jazz or new age music. If the lyrics to the album-closing "Swan Song" are any indication, he has some changes in mind, and not a moment too soon. It's hard to imagine that a major label is going to continue to subsidize records like this for the pop market much longer.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/1998
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636746821
catalogNumber:
67468

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Primary Artist,Organ,Dulcimer,Piano,Vocals,Korg,Casio,Mini Moog
Jerry Garcia   Track Performer
John D'earth   Trumpet
David Bendeth   Guitar
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Debra Henry   Background Vocals
David Mansfield   Violin
John Molo   Percussion,Drums
John Pierce   Bass
Wayne Pooley   Guitar
Tim Streagle   Trombone
John Thomas   Organ
Bobby Read   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Joe Lee   Background Vocals
Ashley MacIsaac   Violin
Matthew Scannell   Guitar,Mandolin
Kyle Davis   Background Vocals
Skoti Alain Elliott   Bass
Adam Larrabee   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Producer,Art Direction,Wavestation
Dennis Herring   Producer
Mark Needham   Engineer
Wayne Pooley   Engineer
Serban Ghenea   Programming
Kim Biggs   Art Direction
Sharon Kearney   Engineer
Skoti Alain Elliott   Engineer
Michael Mangini   Producer

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Spirit Trail 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this is some of the best music Bruce has ever performed. His piano playing just gets more and more lively and inspiring. I love to listen to these CDs again and again. There is not a song on the album that is not enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is chock full of great songs, with hardly a weak one in the bunch. There are some rockers, some sad songs, a couple of gorgeous instrumentals. Bruce skips straightforward love lyrics in favor of themes of faith, doubt, regret, and hope. There's a little hint of a Motown sound here and there throughout. Totally enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is Hornsby's best. The songs work together, the style is right and the man chops those keys incredibly. I disagree with others mediocre reviews and say this cd is what got me going on Bruce. Sad Moon and Fortunate son are classics and almost all the other tunes on the CD are toe tappers that I enjoy listening to over and over again. I guess the only thing I question on the CD is the choice of cover photos....