Sweet Somewhere Bound

Sweet Somewhere Bound

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by Jackie Greene
     
 

A 22-year-old singer-songwriter in the blues tradition, Jackie Greene lays down 13 self-penned songs here that just about beg comparison to alt-country’s prolific Ryan Adams. That said, Greene’s songs have an organic quality that Adams can’t claim; they're so deceptively simple sounding that they might have been knocking around in your own head for a while, in need of…  See more details below

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A 22-year-old singer-songwriter in the blues tradition, Jackie Greene lays down 13 self-penned songs here that just about beg comparison to alt-country’s prolific Ryan Adams. That said, Greene’s songs have an organic quality that Adams can’t claim; they're so deceptively simple sounding that they might have been knocking around in your own head for a while, in need of a medium to bring them to life. And that’s kind of what Greene does: singing and playing almost all the instruments, orchestrating the overdubs, and doing it all so seamlessly one would never guess this isn’t a full band. Percolating guitar picking and reeling harmonica riffs combine with old microphones and mono recording techniques to brand the sound with a warm spontaneity. Each song is special, but exceptional ones include the portentously poignant “Alice on the Rooftop” and the downright Dylan-esque “Honey I Been Thinking About You.” No doubt about it, Green is bound for sweet success.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Jackie Greene continued to expand his base as one of the more interesting new roots-based singer/songwriters of the early 2000s on Sweet Somewhere Bound, although the compositions were of varying quality. Certainly the best of them were satisfying, and had a wider range than many similar artists working in similar territory. His vocals had a lived-in earthiness, and his arrangements blended folk, roots rock, country, Americana, and bit of the blues without particularly favoring any certain combination. The lyrical themes do tread on some of the same areas common to singer/songwriters of the style: restless urges to escape the mundane grind he sees his community settling into, story-songs and character sketches about troubled souls, and a lament for a death of someone close to him ("Emily's in Heaven"). The Bob Dylan comparisons that have come up in some coverage of his work are still here, particularly in his spontaneous yet accomplished harmonica work, but not so overwhelmingly that Greene's own persona is subsumed. He really whoops it up in the jovial prison song "About Cell Block #9" -- one of the set's highlights -- but for the most part it's a more contemplative record, concerned about the state of things but not quite discouraged. Some of those songs skirt the more routine clichés of weary-gazing roots music, but "Miss Madeline (3 Ways to Love Her)" in particular is haunting enough to rise above such pitfalls.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602498820599
catalogNumber:
000470802

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie Greene   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Snare Drums,Lap Steel Guitar,Mini Moog
David Houston   Mini Moog
Eric Klevin   Upright Bass
Stephen Price   Drums
Kelly Turner   Background Vocals
Holly Holt   Vocals,Background Vocals
Krystina Ogella   Cello

Technical Credits

David Houston   Producer
Martin de Anda   Executive Producer
Dennis Newhall   Executive Producer
Jackie Greene   Composer,Producer
Douglas Deibel   Artwork,Graphic Design

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mike-v More than 1 year ago
Just a fantastic CD. Recommended without reservations. I listened to it for at least three months straight, and I still listen to it all the time.