The Learner

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Griffin House displays his dependable craftsmanship as a folk-rock singer/songwriter on his fifth full-length album, The Learner, without moving beyond his evident mastering of the form to make an original statement. On the lead-off track, "If You Want To," a midtempo profession of romantic attachment, he sings, "If I'm ever steady enough, if I'm ever Tom Petty enough, then I'll write you a song." Of course, writing his significant other a song is exactly what he is doing, but the aspiration to be "Tom Petty enough" is notable. Both as a performer and as a songwriter, House sounds like a lot of other better-known artists, Petty among them though he rarely rocks as hard...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Griffin House displays his dependable craftsmanship as a folk-rock singer/songwriter on his fifth full-length album, The Learner, without moving beyond his evident mastering of the form to make an original statement. On the lead-off track, "If You Want To," a midtempo profession of romantic attachment, he sings, "If I'm ever steady enough, if I'm ever Tom Petty enough, then I'll write you a song." Of course, writing his significant other a song is exactly what he is doing, but the aspiration to be "Tom Petty enough" is notable. Both as a performer and as a songwriter, House sounds like a lot of other better-known artists, Petty among them though he rarely rocks as hard as Petty, but he rarely distinguishes himself. In part, that's because he and his musicians settle for familiar arrangements, whether they're evoking the Latin rock of "La Bamba" on "She Likes Girls" or the Western atmospherics of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" on "Never Hide," and in part, it's because his lyric writing tends to be predictable, settling for simple aphorisms expressed in easy rhymes. "She Likes Girls," a man's tale of loving a bi-sexual woman, is an exception, at least in terms of subject matter, but for the most part, House hasn't really worked hard enough to come up with new and interesting things to say or ways to say them. The result is a pleasant-enough album of no particular distinction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2010
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003088923
  • Catalog Number: 30889

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If You Want To (3:49)
  2. 2 River City Lights (3:32)
  3. 3 Standing At The Station (4:09)
  4. 4 Just Another Guy (3:40)
  5. 5 She Likes Girls (3:34)
  6. 6 Never Hide (4:54)
  7. 7 Rule The World (3:28)
  8. 8 Gotta Get Out (3:31)
  9. 9 Feels So Right (3:16)
  10. 10 Let My People Go (4:16)
  11. 11 Native (3:35)
  12. 12 Coming Down the Road (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Griffin House Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Alison Krauss Vocals
Dan Wilson Bass, Piano
Andy Thompson Organ
Eric Fawcett Drums
Jeff Irwin Bass
Ian Fitchuk Organ, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes
Justin Loucks Drums, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Court Clement Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Peter Groenwald Piano, Celeste, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Mikky Ekko Vocals
Neal Dahlgren Pedal Steel Guitar
Evan Hutchings Percussion
Eleonore Denig Strings
Clint Wells Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Richard Dodd Mastering
Dan Wilson Composer, Producer
Andy Thompson Engineer
Ian Fitchuk Composer, Producer
Kim Kinakin Package Layout
Justin Loucks Composer, Producer, Engineer, Soundscape
Griffin House Composer
Brad Bivens Engineer
Rusty Ralston Cover Design
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