Hard Way

Hard Way

by Owsley
     
 

Although his solo debut was nominated for a Grammy (for Best Engineered Album) in 2000, William Owsley's name wasn't exactly a household word when this sophomore album was released on an indie label in early 2004. Nevertheless, the craft and detail that caught critics' ears on his first album remain intact as he concocts ten more glimmering pop
ock gems. While… See more details below

Overview

Although his solo debut was nominated for a Grammy (for Best Engineered Album) in 2000, William Owsley's name wasn't exactly a household word when this sophomore album was released on an indie label in early 2004. Nevertheless, the craft and detail that caught critics' ears on his first album remain intact as he concocts ten more glimmering pop
ock gems. While these insistent songs seem radio-ready, it might be radio from another decade, since Owsley remains proudly out of step with most popular music of the mid-2000s. Regardless, for those who treasure their copies of Todd Rundgren's Something/Anything? or McCartney's Band on the Run -- the title tune of which he covers in a hidden closing track here -- this is a gem. Owsley's clean but rather faceless vocals and immaculately layered production recall Fountains of Wayne's similar approach, although he doesn't display that group's dry, self-deprecating humor. But as Beatles/Big Star-styled pop
ock goes, this is a compelling listen with loads of surprises. "Rainy Day People" even features a sharp guitar solo as good as anything Rick Nielsen could whip off. The multiple overdubbed backing vocals of "Come Undone" and the near Spector-ish sweep of "Down" are some of the many highlights. But this album is so consistently enjoyable and paced so thoughtfully as powerful but never slick ballads alternate with hook-heavy rockers, it's tough to pick favorites. Although only his second release, The Hard Way shows Owsley to be a mature, focused, and confident musician.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2003
Label:
Lakeview Ent.
UPC:
0829757468822
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Owsley   Primary Artist
Keith Thomas   Strings
Gordon Kennedy   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
William Owsley   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass Guitar
John Painter   chamberlain
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Simon Petty   Harmonica
Jonathan Hamby   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Hammond Organ,chamberlain
Millard Powers   Bass Guitar
Rebecca Walker   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Keith Thomas   Producer
George Marino   Mastering
Scot McCracken   Executive Producer
J.R. McNeely   Engineer
William Owsley   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Shane D. Wilson   Engineer
F. Reid Shippen   Engineer
Paul David Hager   Engineer
Dan Shike   Engineer
Will Owlsey   Producer

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