Sweet Right Here

Sweet Right Here

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by SHeDAISY
     
 

Having set a high standard in the realm of country productions with a hip-hop edge, the sisters Osborn -- Kassidy, Kelsi, and Kristyn (who co-wrote all of the album's dozen songs) -- and their producer, Dann Huff, have taken a hard left on the road back to contemporary country simplicity. Which is to say that Sweet Right Here has its share of snarling rockSee more details below

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Having set a high standard in the realm of country productions with a hip-hop edge, the sisters Osborn -- Kassidy, Kelsi, and Kristyn (who co-wrote all of the album's dozen songs) -- and their producer, Dann Huff, have taken a hard left on the road back to contemporary country simplicity. Which is to say that Sweet Right Here has its share of snarling rock guitars (check out the wicked six-string assault on the fevered "Love Goes On"), but there's also an ample supply of acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, pedal steel, and straight-ahead rhythms that would fit right in at most modern-day honky-tonks. All of this acts as the perfect backdrop for the sisters' sweet, unadorned vocals, their sibling harmonies sounding fresh and dynamic with minimal overdubbing. Check out the way the ladies' tender voices mesh in poignant, Fleetwoods-style harmony on the wrenching "Come Home Soon," a widow's heart-tugging confession of life on her own. It doesn't get simpler than "Without a Sound," a wispy pop ballad outlining abject loneliness in the wake of a torturous breakup, with Kristyn's aching vocal framed almost solely by acoustic piano. On the up-tempo side, the infectious, lusty "360° of You" is like the Brill Building gone country, with its buoyant tempo, cooing choruses, and expressions of youthful hormonal upheaval supported by swirls of pedal steel, jangly guitars, bluesy harmonica punctuations, and pounding drums. Kristyn's lyrics demonstrate a mature understanding of love in both its ecstatic and damaged states, and the sisters effectively drive the point home with their voices. Adventurous on its own terms and brimming with heart and soul, Sweet Right Here is a real keeper in a catalogue growing rich in memorable music.

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
SHeDAISY's third official full-length is a product crafted finer than Waterford crystal. Like anything at the macro end of the gleaming Hat City sweatband, there's a heapin' helping of puffy filler. However, the harmonizing Osborn sisters have quite a bit of charm, and Sweet Right Here does showcase some fine songwriting from Kristyn. Led by the strong first single "Passenger Seat" (full of evocative lines like "Vinyl seat soft from the heat of the sun"), the album is a seamless mixture of themes and tempos familiar to the pop-country audience. Throughout, the sisters are a little bit of Dixie Chick sass, a lot of womanly Shania confidence ("360º of You" could be an outtake from Come On Over), and quite cognizant of Nashville's success with the lite rock crossover, as the piano ballad "Without a Sound" proves. (Is that Kristyn Osborn or Vanessa Williams singing?) Collaborations with songwriting pros like Connie Harrington for the aforementioned "Seat" and "360º" and John Shanks (the blah missing-you number "Come Home Soon") are nice enough, but it's Kristyn's work with Jason Deere that's the most resonant, retaining that stage-glitter sheen but gaining some purchase with lyrical bite and an adequate appropriation of time for the contributions of Kassidy and Kelsi Osborn. In this contempo country world, it's the details that matter, since the gaggle of studio cats backing you up ain't going to sound that much different on the next songbird's record. Proving that, the Osborns sound great when their harmonies do find a way to the top, and those little lyrical specifics make a whole barrel of difference. "Heard you're moving to Denver," Osborn sings in "Love Goes On," while the slick honky tonk of "Good Together (Bucket and Chicken)" references dancing outlaw and Appalachian fringe celebrity Jessco White. (The latter track also features some nice fiddle work from Jonathan Yudkin.) Sweet Right Here's best moment might be "Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing." A sonic cousin to Tim McGraw's "Something Like That," SHeDAISY takes the song's message to heart, loosening up and having a good time instead of sticking mightily to Music City convention. "Ever found your last record in the bargain bin?" they sing, before "blah blah"ing their way through a pre-chorus (seriously!) and admitting that, behind closed doors, everyone has a little junk in the trunk. Though it settles SHeDAISY even more comfortably in their pillowy Disney (via Lyric Street) niche, Sweet Right Here does have enough genuine moments to make it the Osborns' own.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Lyric Street
UPC:
0720616504425
catalogNumber:
165044

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

SHeDAISY   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Jim Hoke   Harmonica,Jew's Harp
Dann Huff   Guitar
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Gordon Kennedy   Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Cello
Jimmy Nichols   Piano
Tim Akers   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jeff Balding   Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Connie Harrington   Composer
Dann Huff   Producer
Rick Neigher   Composer
Trey Bruce   Composer
John Shanks   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Brady Barnett   Engineer
SHeDAISY   Producer
Trina Harmon   Composer
Jason Deere   Composer

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