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Pros and Cons of Collaboration
     

The Pros and Cons of Collaboration

by Carolyn Mark
 
Vancouver-based singer Carolyn Mark is from the old-time era of country music as defined on the sweeping "Overture," which moves from dirge-like arrangements to early honky-tonk to a traditional country lament. It sounds as if it's sampled, but is far too polished to be just that. The country overtones give way to more of a vaudeville-meets-ragtime aura on "2 Days

Overview

Vancouver-based singer Carolyn Mark is from the old-time era of country music as defined on the sweeping "Overture," which moves from dirge-like arrangements to early honky-tonk to a traditional country lament. It sounds as if it's sampled, but is far too polished to be just that. The country overtones give way to more of a vaudeville-meets-ragtime aura on "2 Days Smug and Sober," with Mark's vocals more controlled. "I'm more in love with this cigarette than I'll ever be with you," she sings alongside a barroom piano and fiddle. More straightforward is the early Dylan-esque "Chantal and Leroy," which is knee-deep in Americana and brought to life thanks to keyboardist Ford Pier. The singer is especially stellar when she gets down to business on the melodic singer/songwriter pop polish oozing from "Not a Doll," which brings to mind a cross between Natalie Merchant and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The momentum continues on the narrative "Vincent Gallo," a song Mark takes to the next level by describing what happened in a gorgeous alt-country arrangement. The dichotomy between the stronger tunes and the honky-tonk hokum of "The Wine Song" is quite drastic, but she's able to pull both off without much problem. It's a bit like the good and bad sides of Squirrel Nut Zippers. She nails "Jody and Sue," an old-time country ballad that uses Mark's vocals alongside Kelly Hogan's harmonies to great effect. The rollicking folk-pop used on "Bigger Bed" has a bit in common with an early and acoustic Barenaked Ladies. Fans of Blue Rodeo would take comfort in the outstanding country-tinged "Slept All Afternoon," with its steel guitar and fiddle accents. "Yanksgiving" also takes a while to get going, but moves into a bombastic rock rave-up that throws barbs at Sheryl Crow and especially Toby Keith. Although the first few songs don't quite meet their potential, Mark might have made her finest album to date.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Mint Records
UPC:
0773871007521
catalogNumber:
75
Rank:
272852

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carolyn Mark   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kelly Hogan   Background Vocals
Nathan Tinkham   Steel Guitar
Ford Pier   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Tolan McNeil   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Pigat   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele
Ryan Beattie   Background Vocals
Martin Courchaine   Percussion
Calvin Dick   Percussion,Drums
Ken Kempster   Percussion
Sylvia Kenny   Background Vocals
Oliver Mark   Violin
Colin Option   Background Vocals
Hank Pine   Cello
Emily Rhone   Percussion
Paul Rigby   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Janna Wessel   Percussion
Diona Davies   Violin,Cello,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike McDonald   Composer
Tolan McNeil   Engineering
Carolyn Mark   Composer
Paul Pigat   Composer
Paul Rigby   Composer

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