Sweet Heart Rodeo

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Singer/songwriter Dawn Landes is a Brooklyn-based Kentucky native who does not play country-rock music (although it is a small part of her eclectic mix of pop styles). So, probably someone should have talked her out of titling her third full-length studio album Sweet Heart Rodeo. Even separating "sweetheart" into two words, it inevitably calls to mind the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo (a title Landes actually uses for one of the songs), even though it has nothing to do with that classic 1968 album. But, in a music industry in which A&R is practically nonexistent and Landes probably licensed the album to the releasing label, Cooking Vinyl, there may have been no ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Singer/songwriter Dawn Landes is a Brooklyn-based Kentucky native who does not play country-rock music (although it is a small part of her eclectic mix of pop styles). So, probably someone should have talked her out of titling her third full-length studio album Sweet Heart Rodeo. Even separating "sweetheart" into two words, it inevitably calls to mind the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo (a title Landes actually uses for one of the songs), even though it has nothing to do with that classic 1968 album. But, in a music industry in which A&R is practically nonexistent and Landes probably licensed the album to the releasing label, Cooking Vinyl, there may have been no one to offer this advice. Be that as it may, Landes' Sweet Heart Rodeo finds the airy alto coming up with another set of catchy tunes reflecting on romance, tricked out with studio effects the artist (who moonlights as a recording engineer) added in her self-built home studio. She gets even trickier when covering Margo Guryan's "Love," playing the drums herself in lumbering imitation of Ringo Starr. But she is at her best when she goes dreamy, as she does on the ballad "Brighton" and when she sings helplessly in "Wandering Eye," "My baby's got a wandr'in' eye/Oh, my." What any of this has to do with rodeos (although they come up in the lyrics) is anybody's guess; Dawn Landes is no cowgirl, but rather a quirky indie singer/songwriter with a light touch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/19/2010
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • UPC: 805859016628
  • Catalog Number: 498
  • Sales rank: 110,555

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Young Girl (2:54)
  2. 2 Romeo (3:02)
  3. 3 Money In The Bank (3:19)
  4. 4 Love (2:59)
  5. 5 Sweetheart Of the Rodeo (2:32)
  6. 6 Clown (2:26)
  7. 7 Wandering Eye (3:58)
  8. 8 Little Miss holiday (3:13)
  9. 9 Dance Area (2:22)
  10. 10 Brighton (3:35)
  11. 11 All Dressed In White (1:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dawn Landes Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals, Bells, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Gary Maurer Guitar, Mandolin
Morgan King French Horn
Ray Rizzo Harmonica, Conga, Drums, Choir, Chorus
Jamie Morrison Marimbas, Waterphone
Sam Cohen Bass, Vocals
Steve Salad Bass, Guitar
Alex Sopp Flute
Josh Kaufman Organ, Piano, Vocals
Eric Stephenson Cello
Peter Seymour Upright Bass
Annie Nero Bass, Vocals, Double Bass
Lauren Balthrop Vocals
Technical Credits
Margo Guryan Composer
Dave McNair Mastering
Dawn Landes Composer, Engineer
Jim Smith Engineer
Nico Muhly Flute Arrangement
Josh Kaufman Composer
Danica Novgorodoff Drawing
Steve Salett Engineer
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