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The Deep End

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Soul-rock vocalist/songwriter Christine Ohlman's first album of original material since 2003 and the death of her bandleader/partner Doc Cavalier could easily have been a sober, downbeat affair. Thankfully, although there are a few reflective references to him, most obviously the ballad "The Gone of You" (performed in both electric and a more intimate, eerie and poignant "after-hours" demo version), the album rocks as hard and intensely as anything the Beehive Queen has released, and that's saying lots. But it's the R&B-punched rockers that dominate this eclectic set and find Ohlman shifting from the Stonesy grind of "Love Make You do Stupid Things" and "Bring It with ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Soul-rock vocalist/songwriter Christine Ohlman's first album of original material since 2003 and the death of her bandleader/partner Doc Cavalier could easily have been a sober, downbeat affair. Thankfully, although there are a few reflective references to him, most obviously the ballad "The Gone of You" (performed in both electric and a more intimate, eerie and poignant "after-hours" demo version), the album rocks as hard and intensely as anything the Beehive Queen has released, and that's saying lots. But it's the R&B-punched rockers that dominate this eclectic set and find Ohlman shifting from the Stonesy grind of "Love Make You do Stupid Things" and "Bring It with You When You Come," to the easy-rolling "Love You Right" and the acoustic folk-country "Girl Growing Up." Whatever she touches becomes soulful and passionate, even when she's taking the playful Mary Wells part and trading verses with Marshall Crenshaw (filling in for Marvin Gaye), on the old Motown fingersnapper "What's the Matter with You Baby." There are plenty of vocal references to Dusty Springfield, Bonnie Bramlett, Joan Osborne, Genya Ravan, Etta James, and of course Ronnie Spector, whose notorious big hair has inspired her own coif. But Ohlman always sounds like her born-to-be-bad self, belting out songs like the spitfire she is. Ian Hunter swings by to provide backup on the opening cowbell-driven grinder "There Ain't No Cure," although he's buried pretty low in the mix. When Ohlman sings "I'm gonna call you up in the middle of the night/I've got the midnight shakes, I just can't get right" she exudes the sassy mix of aggression, sexuality, and desire that those words convey. It's that swagger combined with tenderness that makes her so compelling, and transforms the post-Hurricane Katrina homage to New Orleans, "The Cradle Did Rock," into a touching tribute to a broken city. Echoes of the Rascals on "Born to Be Together" find the perfect balance of raw soul and gutsy rock that powers Ohlman's best material, most of it original. Horns pepper the thumping "Everybody Got a Heartache" and appear occasionally throughout the disc. But perhaps the most powerful and potent moment is the title track, a gospel-infused swamp ballad that seems autobiographical, especially when she sings that she's "hard to handle, the excitable kind/take off runnin' when I could've walked." Ohlman never flinches from the hard stuff and throughout the Deep End, she dives in like the classic soul kings and queens she idolizes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Hmg Records
  • UPC: 786626200924
  • Catalog Number: 2009
  • Sales rank: 109,748

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez Primary Artist
Christine Ohlman Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Tremolo), Group Member
Al Anderson Electric Guitar, Soloist
Marshall Crenshaw Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist, Guitar (Baritone)
Ian Hunter Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mitch Chakour Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Hammond B3
Dion DiMucci Vocals
Cliff Goodwin Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Levon Helm Drums, Tambourine
Paul Ossola Bass, Standup Bass
Shawn Pelton Drums
Mark Rivera Tenor Saxophone
Catherine Russell Background Vocals
G.E. Smith Lap Steel Guitar
Vic Steffens Drums
Andy York Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vibes, chamberlain, Loops, Shaker, Tubular Bells, Soloist, Vocal Harmony, Guitar (Baritone)
Michael Colbath Bass, Group Member
Jeff Kazee Keyboards
Larry Donahue Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Neal Pawley Trombone
Eric Roscoe Ambel Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Marshall Crenshaw Duet
Ian Hunter Duet
James Cason Composer
Dion DiMucci Duet
Cliff Goodwin Composer
Justin Guip Engineer
Rich Lamb Engineer
Christine Ohlman Composer, Producer
Clarence Paul Composer
Vic Steffens Engineer, Executive Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Andy York Producer, Instrumentation
Barney Ales Composer
Jim Chapdelaine Mastering
Bob Guertin Engineer
Mike Nolan Engineer
Seth Adam Layout
John "Hip-Hop" Caldwell Engineer
Frank L. Wray Sr. Composer
Bill Rezey Booking
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