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Still Riot
     

Still Riot

by Ferron
 
On her ninth album (her fifth of the 1990s), Ferron continued to explore life's detail with a sort of desperate hopefulness, repeating over and over on the title track, "There is a way through constant sorrow," and seeking that way while acknowledging that sorrow in the rest of the songs. (Even "Dazzle The Beast," nominally a Christmas song,

Overview

On her ninth album (her fifth of the 1990s), Ferron continued to explore life's detail with a sort of desperate hopefulness, repeating over and over on the title track, "There is a way through constant sorrow," and seeking that way while acknowledging that sorrow in the rest of the songs. (Even "Dazzle The Beast," nominally a Christmas song, was downbeat.) As usual, she employed an unflinching honesty to work her way through to insight, noting in "Venus As Appearances," for example, "I wasted nights with dreams of kisses so hot / 'Course the ending was same as if I'd gone without her." Musically, she continued to develop dense arrangements that went well beyond her talkie beginnings. If anything, however, the arrangements were too dense to be really moving, even as the lyrics sometimes were too involved to be really involving. This was heard best in the new recording of "Ain't Life A Brook" (copyright 1978), perhaps her best song, which was more impressive in its earlier renditions with only an acoustic guitar than it was here. All of which is to say that instead of being as stunning as her records usually are, Still Riot was merely impressive.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/1996
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624629221
catalogNumber:
46292

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Performance Credits

Ferron   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Scarlet Rivera   Violin
Lauren Wood   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Shelley Jennings   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Craig Kaleal   Drums
Jim McGillveray   Percussion
Vicki Randle   Percussion,Conga,Stick,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Djembe,Shaker,cowbell,Agogo Bell
Emily Saliers   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jami Sieber   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Electric Cello
Larry Tuttle   Chapman Stick
Chris Webster   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Novi Novog   Viola,Alto Clarinet
John Ellis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Susan Becker   Percussion
Darryl Havers   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Melodion,Melodica
Don "DB" Benedictson   Bass,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Steve Hilliam   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ferron   Producer
Carl Scott   Contributor,Spiritual Advisor
Gabrielle Raumberger   Art Direction
Don "DB" Benedictson   Engineer
John Maclean   Engineer
John MacLean   Engineer

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