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Spiritual Appliances
     

Spiritual Appliances

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by Sara Hickman
 
ara Hickman's songs are like kaleidoscopes: Turn them one way and you see one thing, but with a change of verse or voice, an entirely new perspective emerges. On the 13 tracks that make up SPIRITUAL APPLIANCES, the Texan singer-songwriter offers that the emotions (or "spiritual appliances," as she calls them) are shifting states, shifting from love to lust, from loss

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ara Hickman's songs are like kaleidoscopes: Turn them one way and you see one thing, but with a change of verse or voice, an entirely new perspective emerges. On the 13 tracks that make up SPIRITUAL APPLIANCES, the Texan singer-songwriter offers that the emotions (or "spiritual appliances," as she calls them) are shifting states, shifting from love to lust, from loss to denial to acceptance. The opener, "Standing Ground," could be celebrating love, or it could be about change, or trust. Hickman says it's about strength, "being Zen regarding the aftermath of chaos." Hickman goes on to investigate the many possibilities of miscommunication in "Life" and one of the possible outcomes - anger -- in "Everything Red." "The distance between the stars is the distance between our hearts," she sings in "Moment of Grace," which becomes a song more about understanding and forgiveness than distance, underscored by subtle Eastern-flavored instrumentation, adding another dimension to her theme. Celebrating those moments of grace, Hickman offers a lovely cover of Chuck Brodsky's "We Are Each Other's Angels" and concludes with a promise of perseverance, "I'm Not Going Anywhere."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - JT Griffith
Sara Hickman's 2000 album Spiritual Appliances is her first turn as producer, and the resulting album is another solid addition to her catalog. Hickman's fans will enjoy observing the positive evolution of this lesser-known songwriter. Spiritual Appliances also offers as good a beginning point for new listeners as any of her albums. She has been compared to the likes of Shawn Colvin, but this album lacks a song as radio friendly as "Sunny Came Home" from A Few Small Repairs. That being said, standout tracks include the moody ballad "Moment of Grace"; the typically intricate and whimsical pop songs "Standing Ground" and "Life"; and the personal "Woman Waiting to Happen." A good find, but not the album to catapult Hickman into the mainstream.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351803429
catalogNumber:
8034

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Hickman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Tish Hinojosa   Vocals
Jon Blondell   Trombone
Daryl Burgee   Tambourine
Lloyd Maines   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mitch Marine   Drums
Riley Osbourne   Organ
Paul Pearcy   Percussion,Drums
Andy Timmons   Guitar
Will Taylor   Viola
Glenn Kawamoto   Bass
Chip Dolan   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Didjeridu
Todd V. Wolfson   Vocals
Julie Noble   Vocals
Gary Slechta   Trumpet
Michael Doane   Bass
Javier Chaparro   Violin,Vocals
Margaret Ayer   French Horn
Jon Sullivan   Vocals
John Mills   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jim Jacobsen   Producer
Sara Hickman   Arranger,Producer
Parthenon Huxley   Producer
Marty Lester   Engineer
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Will Taylor   String Arrangements
John Mills   Horn Arrangements

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Spiritual Appliances 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This outstanding recording is a most worthy entry to your music collection--especially if you like Carly Simon, Nanci Griffith, etc. It is worth purchasing just for the song "A Woman Waiting To Happen." A great song for young women who need an alternative to all the "angst-filled, full of rage" female singers!