Supply and Demandby Amos Lee
While Amos Lee doesn't exactly go out of his way to create a good-time vibe -- his music is thankfully free of "don't worry, be happy" clichés -- he does manage to generate a genuine warmth that permeates his sophomore outing, making it the sort of disc a listener can slip into much like a familiar old sweater. Not that Lee is simply retracing the steps he took on his acclaimed debut -- on "Shout Out Loud," for instance, he ramps up the production value, employing multi-tracked vocals and a quirkily angular organ sound. That instrument also helps propel "Skipping Stone," albeit in another direction -- one that owes far more to vintage Stax sessions than to indie rock. While Lee mixes things up admirably in terms of sound, in his writing he maintains an earthily direct approach -- all the better to focus on the burnished tone of his vocals. That straightforward manner makes "Careless" -- a disenchanted monologue directed at a former friend with a penchant for betrayal and unfaithfulness -- all the more wrenching. "Long Line of Pain," a traipse through the realm of Americana, carries traces of the Band in its DNA, which lends an undeniable grace to the rustic yet graceful melody. Lee's ability to connect with his roots without digging them up and waving them like flags marks him as an artist who's certain to be in demand for some time to come.
- Release Date:
- Blue Note Records
Performance CreditsAmos Lee Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Tenor),Guitar (Baritone)
David Kalish Dobro
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Barrie Maguire Bass
Pete Thomas Drums
Fred Berman Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Christopher Joyner Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Lizz Wright Background Vocals
Jaron Olevsky Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Priscilla Ahn Background Vocals
John Austin Hughes Ukulele
Nate Skiles Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBarrie Maguire Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jim Bottari Engineer
Shane Smith Engineer
Amos Lee Composer
Bill Eib Management
Levi Feeney Management
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Famous Amos you have done it yet again! These tunes are as moving as any others you have spit out! Bravo!!!
I couldn't wait for this release and now I play it night and day. I can't seem to get enough of these songs. I feel the pain in "Careless" and the intensity in "Night Train". They are my favorites, but the entire CD is incredible. Thank you Amos for writing such wonderful songs and for singing them so beautifully, and with such deep feeling.
I fell in love with "Keep it Loose, Keep it Tight" on the radio and ran out to buy the CD. When I heard Amos Lee on a local station supporting the upcoming album "Supply and Demand", I was thrilled (My copy of his debut album was being played to death). This is a another great release from Amos Lee. I love "Shout Out Loud" and "Freedom" as well as more soulful songs such as "The Wind" and "A Long Line of Pain". My only complaint is that this album, with the exception of songs like "Sympathize" and "A Long Line of Pain", are much less stripped than the songs on the previous album. The result is nice, but it lacks the soul/blues feel of the first album.