Steady On

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All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
Sonically, Steady On is a triumph, with its emotional intimacy captured with smooth precision. Vocally, Colvin's tender, sometimes whisper-like performances are astonishing and haunting, provocative and seductive all at once. Then there are the songs that flow so effortlessly into one another that to remove even one would seemingly upset the entire balance of the cosmos as we know it. The sly Colvin adeptly plays with words, beats, phrasing, and rhymes, focusing not just on the meaning, but also the feel and rhythm of the lyrics to great effect. Having once claimed that she tends to write about the "positive side of the painful experience," this album proves her point, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
Sonically, Steady On is a triumph, with its emotional intimacy captured with smooth precision. Vocally, Colvin's tender, sometimes whisper-like performances are astonishing and haunting, provocative and seductive all at once. Then there are the songs that flow so effortlessly into one another that to remove even one would seemingly upset the entire balance of the cosmos as we know it. The sly Colvin adeptly plays with words, beats, phrasing, and rhymes, focusing not just on the meaning, but also the feel and rhythm of the lyrics to great effect. Having once claimed that she tends to write about the "positive side of the painful experience," this album proves her point, for even if you do listen amidst gray skies and drizzles, you will be soothed to the point of contentment. The opening strains of the wistful title track set the mood and ease you into Colvin's head and heart, as you embark on this journey with her to discover countless souls and their heretofore untold truths. On a album full of great songs, "Shotgun Down the Avalanche" still stands as one of her finest compositions, with its metaphoric imagery of riding an out-of-control emotional tide as one would cascade helplessly down a mountain of snow. The requisite troubadour-on-the-road tune, "Ricochet in Time," is made ever more poignant by Colvin's sleepy vocal track, bringing home the weariness that is a very large part of being an artist on tour. Steady On is a must have for anyone who loves acoustic music created in the grand tradition of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, two legends Colvin now counts as contemporaries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/1989
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074644520927
  • Catalog Number: 45209
  • Sales rank: 4,295

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shawn Colvin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Bruce Hornsby Piano
Suzanne Vega Background Vocals
Bob Telson Hammond Organ
Lucy Kaplansky Background Vocals
Steve Addabbo Tambourine
Michael Blair Percussion, Drums, Multi Instruments
Steve Gaboury Keyboards
John Leventhal Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, 6-string bass
Rick Marotta Drums
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Hi String
Dennis McDermott Drums, Tom-Tom, Multi Instruments, Hi Hat
Bob Riley Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Soozie Tyrell Fiddle, Background Vocals
Charles Curtis Cello
Lucy Kaplanski Background Vocals
T-Bone Wolk Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Accordion, Multi Instruments
Technical Credits
Shawn Colvin Producer, drum programming
David Sanborn Contributor, Assistant Arranger, Arrangement Collaboration
Steve Addabbo Producer, Engineer
Michael Blair Contributor
Ronald K. Fierstein Executive Producer
Steve Gaboury drum programming, Sound Design
Phil Galdston Contributor, Assistant Arranger
Kevin Halpin Engineer
Geoff Keehn Engineer
John Leventhal Producer, drum programming
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mark Partis Engineer
Malcolm Pollack Engineer
Bob Riley Producer, drum programming
Ted Spencer Engineer
Phil Galston Arrangement Collaboration
Carol Chen Art Direction
T-Bone Wolk Assistant Arranger
Kevin Killan Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My All-time Favorite Album

    Shawn Colvin is perhaps the finest female singer-songwriter in the world...she is certainly the best of her generation. This is the album that established Colvin and with good reason. Every song is perfect...the writing, the arrangements and (of course) the vocals. This is a "must have" for any record collection and is my all-time favorite album.

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