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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This, Dar Williams' first full-length album, was originally released on her own private label and was then picked up by the tiny but prestigious indie folk label Waterbug Records. In its Razor & Tie incarnation, The Honesty Room is a bit more rocked-up, which, frankly, has generally proven to be a good thing for the music of Dar Williams. Although she is a lyricist of striking originality and endearing humor, and although she can craft a hooky tune with the best of them, there's still a certain preciousness that creeps in when she's not being careful -- she has always sung with the light, fluttery consonants and flattened vowels that make so many of today's female ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This, Dar Williams' first full-length album, was originally released on her own private label and was then picked up by the tiny but prestigious indie folk label Waterbug Records. In its Razor & Tie incarnation, The Honesty Room is a bit more rocked-up, which, frankly, has generally proven to be a good thing for the music of Dar Williams. Although she is a lyricist of striking originality and endearing humor, and although she can craft a hooky tune with the best of them, there's still a certain preciousness that creeps in when she's not being careful -- she has always sung with the light, fluttery consonants and flattened vowels that make so many of today's female singer/songwriters sound like 13-year-olds, and when that vocal approach combines with an unaccompanied acoustic guitar and lines like "Once upon a time there was a nuclear family," well, it's hard not to let your eyes roll. But on the other hand, when an all-out rock song combines a gorgeous singalong melody with lyrical references to Ronald Reagan and Sid Vicious in the very first line, you know you've stumbled across something very special, and you tend not to notice the quirks of delivery so much. And then there's "The Babysitter's Here," a song that manages to deal simultaneously with early childhood and incipient adulthood, and it will make you bawl every time you hear it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/1995
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018281621
  • Catalog Number: 82816
  • Sales rank: 133,256

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dar Williams Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jaimé Morton Hand Clapping
Mark Dann Bass, Electric Guitar
Guy DeVito Bass
Adam Rothberg Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Accordion, Conga, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Xylophone
Gideon Freudmann Cello
Craig Eastman Mandolin, Violin, Viola
Tom McClung Piano
Rebecca Koehler Violin
Katryna Nields Choir, Chorus
Nerissa Nields Choir, Chorus
Dave Noonan Drums
Technical Credits
Brooks Williams Producer
Dar Williams Composer, Producer
Norman Blain Engineer
Adam Rothberg Producer
David Seitz Producer, Engineer
Mark Miller Engineer
Huck Bennert Engineer
Mary Annis Contributor
Mark Alan Miller Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very special record

    What are the greatest albums of all time? Early Dylan? Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road, White Album? If you don't need hard rock, if you appreciate a pretty voice, folk guitar, intelligent lyrics and emotion, Honesty Room by Dar Williams might become your favorite record of all time. You couldn't accuse Lennon-McCartney of being as bright as Dar or as good at writing lyrics, or of being able to write a story so funny, or so touching, as some of the songs on Honesty Room. Even the weaker songs on this album beat Mr. Kite. When I Was A Boy and The Babysitter's Here are both more beautiful and touching than anything since Pleasures of the Harbor by Phil Ochs. Most everything else is a gem as well. Flinty Kind of Woman is a kick in the butt. If you really love music and have good taste you must do yourself a huge favor and pick up Honesty Room and Mortal City by Dar Williams. Check out the nuclear sound effects on The Great Unknown.

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