The Heavy Circles

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
One interpretation of the "heavy circles" of the album title and group name here might be the circles of heavyweight talents associated with this effort. Specifically, the Heavy Circles are a duo consisting of singer/songwriter Edie Brickell, who has a history going back to her platinum-selling work with the New Bohemians in the late '80s, and her stepson, Harper Simon, a son of Paul Simon, Brickell's husband, by his first wife. The apparent generational divide doesn't really exist: as of the release of this album, Brickell was 41 years old, Simon 35. They were joined in the studio by friends of Simon's including other famous progeny, such as Sean Lennon and Martha ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
One interpretation of the "heavy circles" of the album title and group name here might be the circles of heavyweight talents associated with this effort. Specifically, the Heavy Circles are a duo consisting of singer/songwriter Edie Brickell, who has a history going back to her platinum-selling work with the New Bohemians in the late '80s, and her stepson, Harper Simon, a son of Paul Simon, Brickell's husband, by his first wife. The apparent generational divide doesn't really exist: as of the release of this album, Brickell was 41 years old, Simon 35. They were joined in the studio by friends of Simon's including other famous progeny, such as Sean Lennon and Martha Wainwright. For all that, however, the disc might as well have been billed as an Edie Brickell solo album, since Brickell co-writes and sings lead vocals on every song. The band is given greater prominence than might be the case with a solo album, as it plays rhythmic pop
ock arrangements clearly influenced by '60s and '70s rock, and Brickell is mixed a little lower than she might be if this were her record. But her voice is sufficiently distinctive that anyone familiar with her work and hearing this album simply would take it as an Edie Brickell record. As Edie Brickell records go, it is a pleasant but modest effort. The songs are well-crafted, but not particularly impressive; the playing meanders in places; and Brickell seems a bit hemmed in, not able to express herself in as individual a way as usual.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: DYNAMITE CHILD
  • UPC: 881626909126
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Henri (2:47)
  2. 2 Better (3:10)
  3. 3 Ready to Play (3:45)
  4. 4 Confused (3:57)
  5. 5 Easier (4:31)
  6. 6 Maximo (3:07)
  7. 7 Wait and Wait (4:14)
  8. 8 Need a Friend (3:06)
  9. 9 Dynamite Child (1:45)
  10. 10 Oh Darling (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Heavy Circles Primary Artist
Bill Harris Horn
Oren Bloedow Guitar
Michael Bearden Horn, Keyboards
Charlie Burnham Strings
Jennifer Charles Vocals
Bryce Goggin Synthesizer, Keyboards
Yuka Honda Synthesizer, Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Joe McGinty Strings, Keyboards
Money Mark Keyboards
Anna Waronker Vocals
Patrick Warren chamberlain
Sean Lennon Bass, Bass Guitar
Martha Wainwright Vocals
Joan Wasser Strings, Violin, Soloist
Robin Dimaggio Drums, Horn
Miho Hatori Vocals
Inara George Vocals
Nina Lee Strings
Harper Simon Bass, Guitar
Chuck MacKinnon Horn, Horn Section
The Bill Harris Quintet Horn Section
Pamelia Kurstin Theremin
Maxim Moston Strings
Matt Johnson Drums
Edie Vocals
Jens Wendleboe Horn
Harper Bass Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Edie Brickell Composer
Charlie Burnham String Section
Bryce Goggin Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Yuka Honda Programming
Joan Wasser String Section
Chris Bellman Mastering
Frank Longo Art Direction
Nina Lee String Section
Harper Simon Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Maxim Moston String Section
Will Brierre Engineer
John Greswell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
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