The Night Visitor

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
To say that Swedish singer/songwriter Anna Ternheim found a sympathetic figure for collaboration in Matt Sweeney turned out to be an understatement, given that their resulting effort, The Night Visitor, with Sweeney handling production and arrangements at a series of Nashville sessions, is one strikingly enjoyable listen. The realm of stately country/Americana productions, from Lee Hazlewood and the Band to the Walkabouts and beyond, is a pretty long and storied one, and The Night Visitor fits well within that tradition, but Ternheim's enjoyable singing and the appropriately moody though by no means constantly downbeat music result in a series of strong, well-sequenced ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
To say that Swedish singer/songwriter Anna Ternheim found a sympathetic figure for collaboration in Matt Sweeney turned out to be an understatement, given that their resulting effort, The Night Visitor, with Sweeney handling production and arrangements at a series of Nashville sessions, is one strikingly enjoyable listen. The realm of stately country/Americana productions, from Lee Hazlewood and the Band to the Walkabouts and beyond, is a pretty long and storied one, and The Night Visitor fits well within that tradition, but Ternheim's enjoyable singing and the appropriately moody though by no means constantly downbeat music result in a series of strong, well-sequenced songs. "Solitary Move" kicks things off with hushed, stark chamber pop with steady acoustic guitar and swirling textures, down to lovely filigrees on the concluding break, a sense of cryptic melodrama that rarely leaves the record. A song like "All Shadows" is almost all cryptic melodrama, doing the combination of stinging feedback, distant drums, and string parts very well. Some other notably strong moments include the excellent "Bow Your Head," which takes a statelier, lofty folk stance, sweetly moving the chorus along before a bit of a quieter rock snarl breaks in a further verse, and the gentle "Walking Aimlessly," quicker and a little more freewheeling, reflecting the title just enough. "Ghost of a Man" is much more hushed and focused in contrast, with swift but still genteel acoustic guitar leading the way, while the fiddle on "Lorelie-Marie" and the accordion on "What Remains?" add to the sense of place and history being invoked throughout without feeling like museum pieces of authenticity as fetish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Cooperative Music
  • UPC: 602527986357
  • Catalog Number: 7986357
  • Sales rank: 6,116

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anna Ternheim Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Pat McLaughlin Bass
John Catchings Cello
Danny Dougmore Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Malone Percussion, Drums, Hand Drums
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin
Pat McInerney Percussion
Joey Miskulin Accordion
John Mock Penny Whistle
Tim O'Brien Violin
Matt Sweeney Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (Nylon String)
Will Oldham Background Vocals
Cowboy Jack Clement Guitar (Resonator)
David Ferguson Bass
Dave Ferguson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Townsend Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Shirley Collins Arranger
Roger Cook Composer
Davy Graham Arranger
Pat McLaughlin Composer
Greg Calbi Management
Matt Sweeney Arranger, Producer
Will Oldham Additional Production
Traditional Composer
Dave Ferguson Engineer, Whistle
Anna Ternheim Composer
Filip Wilén Management
Gregg Greenwood Art Direction
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