Steady Pull

Steady Pull

by Jonatha Brooke
     
 
Continuing her standing as an independent artist, Jonatha Brooke kicks off the millennium with Steady Pull, the second release on her own Bad Dog Records. Steady Pull is at once both inspiring and upsetting. The inspiration is easy to glimpse; it's a wonderful record, smart and catchy, interesting and fresh. The frustration lies not with Brooke, but with

Overview

Continuing her standing as an independent artist, Jonatha Brooke kicks off the millennium with Steady Pull, the second release on her own Bad Dog Records. Steady Pull is at once both inspiring and upsetting. The inspiration is easy to glimpse; it's a wonderful record, smart and catchy, interesting and fresh. The frustration lies not with Brooke, but with the music industry's lack of support for her and similar artists. What kind of cultural climate dictates that the musical and lyrical sophistication that makes Brooke such a brilliant artist may very well keep her from having mass appeal? Much like adult alternative radio's failure to survive in many markets, it is a sad commentary on the state of music at the turn of the millennium, and a large disappointment for fans and artists who love this genre. Nevertheless, Brooke pursues her clever muse with passion and vigor, not letting up one iota in her quest to be a most literate songsmith. She has always penned tunes that danced just outside the box with poetic lyrics, creative arrangements, and complex chord progressions. Steady Pull pulls no punches in that regard, going further in musical experimentation that her previous efforts. The first track and single, "Linger," is as straightforward pop as you're going to get from Brooke. It's honest to goodness, verse chorus, tap your toe, bob your head, sing right along pop. But it's just a tease. On the very next song she mixes it up, testing the powers of digital editing, loops, and sampling. Then there's the title track, which leans toward a soulful groove, thumping with the bass of Marcus Miller. Oh that Jonatha. Now, you might notice that she sings quite a bit about dresses. Don't question, just enjoy. Both "Red Dress" and "New Dress" are great songs. Brooke also keeps good company; the two noted guest vocalists, Michael Franti and Neil Finn, couldn't have been better chosen, as both are known for their abilities to craft intelligent compositions that are rather overlooked by the masses. And, as far as the musicians go, these guys are all top-notch, including Val McCallum, John Pierce, Davey Faragher, and more. Brooke and Steady Pull deserve the same kind of fierce support in the marketplace as they had in the studio.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Larry Flick
Steady Pull... reveals a markedly different side to the often introspective artist.... Produced by Brooke with Bob Clearmountain and Ryan Freeland, Steady Pull doesn't abandon the core acoustic sound and thoughtful lyrics that have amassed an ardent cult following. Rather, her latest composing complements her signature style with playful rock strutting and an undeniably seductive soul shuffle.... [The album] is a blissful sonic marriage that's best displayed on the standout, single-worthy cuts "How Deep Is Your Love" -- with its rich blend of harmonies and hip-hop-flavored beats -- and the title track, an anthemic stomper that features a smooth guest rhyme from Michael Franti of Spearhead.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
Label:
Bad Dog Records
UPC:
0670516080126
catalogNumber:
16080
Rank:
333036

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Performance Credits

Jonatha Brooke   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Finger Bells
Joe Sample   fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Larry Aberman   Percussion,Drums
Bob Clearmountain   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals,Loops
Neil Finn   Vocals
Michael Franti   Vocals
Mitchell Froom   Organ
Val McCallum   Electric Guitar,Rhythm
Marcus Miller   Bass
John Pierce   Bass
Gerri Sutyak   Cello
Pete Thomas   Drums
Kenya Hathaway   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ryan Freeland   Clavinet,Loops,fender rhodes
David Boucher   Background Vocals
Geoffrey Moore   Electric Guitar
Darren Embry   Bass

Technical Credits

Bob Clearmountain   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Dennis White   drum programming,Loop
Joseph Moore   Engineer,Inspiration
Ryan Freeland   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
David Boucher   Engineer,drum programming,Loop
Bossacucanova   Loop

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