Gutter and the Garden

Gutter and the Garden

by Lovers
     
 

It seems unfair to bring up R.E.M. every time a band hails from Athens, GA, but there really must be something in the water. "Seven Years," the beautiful opener on the Lovers' sophomore release, The Gutter and the Garden, may sound like a lost track from the AutomaticSee more details below

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It seems unfair to bring up R.E.M. every time a band hails from Athens, GA, but there really must be something in the water. "Seven Years," the beautiful opener on the Lovers' sophomore release, The Gutter and the Garden, may sound like a lost track from the Automatic for the People sessions, but the unique voice behind it owes more to Chrissie Hynde than Michael Stipe. Bandleader and wordsmith Carolyn Hart Berk -- a Boston and Athens native -- writes lonely tales of heartbreak, lost opportunity, and homespun despair that carry the softest glimmer of hope. Her slightly off-key timbre and breathy, sometimes volatile delivery add an emotional depth to arrangements that are already immersed in a sea of pastoral gloom. Her gift for imagery is striking, allowing lyrics that would otherwise come off as pompous -- "My darling your gums are soft as rhododendron buds" -- seem innocent and wistful, as if the narrator were merely thinking aloud. There is a sameness to the record that renders portions forgettable; the reverb-drenched production works for a while, but tunes begin to drift into Mazzy Star land, especially on "Kid Quiet" and "Your Handwriting." These are minor gripes though, as the Lovers are miles better than many of their contemporaries. In the end, The Gutter and the Garden celebrates the simple act of mourning with a heady balance of grace and fury, resulting in a quietly powerful collection of songs that evoke both northern pines and Spanish moss.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Orange Twin
UPC:
0656605601922
catalogNumber:
19

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lovers   Primary Artist
Andy LeMaster   Organ,Vocals,E-bow
Brent Jones   Percussion,Piano
Heather Macintosh   Cello
Heather McIntosh   Cello
Jesse Flavin   Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar
Carolyn Berk   Guitar,Vocals
Daniel Rickard   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Jesse Dylan Flavin   Bass,Guitar,Piano
Daniel Coker Rickard   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Andrej Kurti   Violin

Technical Credits

Lovers   Producer,Audio Production
Andy LeMaster   Producer,Audio Production
Brent Jones   Sound Effects
Glenn Schick   Mastering
Carolyn Berk   Composer,Sound Effects

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