The Hard Way

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 -- ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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: 12/2/2003
  • Label: Lakeview Ent.
  • UPC: 829757468822
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be With You (4:37)
  2. 2 Rise (5:22)
  3. 3 She's the One (3:55)
  4. 4 Dude (3:41)
  5. 5 Down (3:25)
  6. 6 Matriarch (3:56)
  7. 7 Undone (3:26)
  8. 8 The Hard Way (4:07)
  9. 9 Dirty Bird (3:46)
  10. 10 Rainy Day People (11:13)
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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 III 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 III 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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