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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602498820599
  • Catalog Number: 000470802
  • Sales rank: 300,898

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackie Greene Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it and play it all the time

    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.

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