Ten Year Night

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lucy Kaplansky, who wrote or co-wrote with Richard Litvin three of 12 songs on her debut album, The Tide, and eight of 12 on her second album, Flesh and Bone, is responsible for nine of ten on her third album, Ten Year Night, a progression that makes this disc her most extensive personal statement yet. The only cover tune included is Steve Earle's "Somewhere out There." And things are taken very personally here. The title song details the singer's longterm relationship with a romantic partner, recalling the night they met a decade earlier as they drive through the night in the present. In "Promise Me," the singer is again on the road, but this time her partner is not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lucy Kaplansky, who wrote or co-wrote with Richard Litvin three of 12 songs on her debut album, The Tide, and eight of 12 on her second album, Flesh and Bone, is responsible for nine of ten on her third album, Ten Year Night, a progression that makes this disc her most extensive personal statement yet. The only cover tune included is Steve Earle's "Somewhere out There." And things are taken very personally here. The title song details the singer's longterm relationship with a romantic partner, recalling the night they met a decade earlier as they drive through the night in the present. In "Promise Me," the singer is again on the road, but this time her partner is not with her and she misses him. Such songs of impassioned devotion are contrasted with examples of what used to be called "finger-pointing songs" when Bob Dylan sang them. "End of the Day" is a harsh criticism of upwardly mobile former friends and colleagues, including a talented fellow folksinger who "sold everything for a Wall Street wage." "Turn the Lights Back On" seems to be directed at a former lover, whom the singer now feels betrayed her. "That trusting girl you knew is dead and gone," she sings in the chorus. Other songs deal with family conflict and reconciliation, as "Five in the Morning" describes a woman leaving home, while "For Once in Your Life" is a grown child's recognition of what a parent went through in raising her. It's no surprise by the end of these reflections on relationships and family that at the album's end, in "A Child's Hands," the singer decides it's time to have a child of her own. Kaplansky sings these sentiments in her conversational voice, accompanied here and there by such harmony singers as John Gorka and Richard Shindell, over folk-rock arrangements featuring Larry Campbell's textured guitar lines. The result is an effective self-examination in which a woman approaching middle age recalls her past, considers her present, and ponders her future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651012627
  • Catalog Number: 126
  • Sales rank: 132,317

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lucy Kaplansky Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
John Gorka Vocal Harmony
Richard Shindell Vocal Harmony
Duke Levine Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar
Larry Campbell Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Violin, Electric Guitar
Jon Herington Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Slide Guitar
Zev Katz Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jennifer Kimball Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ben Wittman Organ, Percussion, Drums, Shaker
Technical Credits
Larry Campbell Arranger
David Glasser Mastering
Jon Herington Arranger
Zev Katz Arranger
James Tuttle Engineer
Alan Williams Engineer
Ben Wittman Arranger, Producer
Hillary Johnson Engineer
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