Road Home

The Road Home

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by Tina Lear
     
 
With the warm, rounded tones of her singing and her pop-styled, piano-based melodies, Tina Lear's obvious antecedent as a singer/songwriter is Carole King, but as you listen to the topics of her songs and the way she approaches them, you may be reminded of a less prominent performer of the same early '70s era, Dory Previn. Lear does not

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With the warm, rounded tones of her singing and her pop-styled, piano-based melodies, Tina Lear's obvious antecedent as a singer/songwriter is Carole King, but as you listen to the topics of her songs and the way she approaches them, you may be reminded of a less prominent performer of the same early '70s era, Dory Previn. Lear does not descend to the psychological depths that Previn did, but like Previn she brings a mature perspective to songwriting, which so often seems to reflect a younger viewpoint. She begins with "New Love," which sounds like it could be a youth-oriented song, and she certainly gives it a girlish feel, but you can tell that, though new love, this is not first love. "It may not last, but who can tell," she sings. "Leave go the past, stay in ourselves." "There and Back Again," which follows, is one of the few songs extent in which a parent reflects on her grown daughter's decision to marry; "Woman to Woman" is a celebration of a long-term friendship; and "The Other Shore" eulogizes a deceased friend. These are the songs of a caring middle-aged, somewhat careworn woman trying to maintain her sensitivity and kick up her heels now and then. Lear matches her wise lyrics with simple yet elegant pop arrangements that touch on jazz (notably on the horn-filled New Year's Eve double-date celebration "The Village Is Ours") and new age music, but always keep their winning melodies in the forefront. The result is a thoughtful, feeling musical statement from a fully developed talent who just happens to have come to recording later in life than most. If you're one of those grownups who complains that they're just not making records for people like you anymore, this is an album you need to hear.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
RED HAT RECORDS
UPC:
0787687101526
catalogNumber:
1015

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tina Lear   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Tony Campise   Alto Saxophone
Mitch Watkins   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Paul Glasse   Mandolin
Roscoe Beck   Bass
Jon Blondell   Trombone
Gene Elders   Violin
James Fenner   Bongos
Mark Ivester   Human Whistle
Howard Levy   Harmonica
Pat Mastelotto   Percussion
Michael Mordecai   Trombone
Bob Meyer   Flugelhorn
Brannen Temple   Drums
Scott Laningham   Background Vocals
Mike Berglund   Trumpet
Clipper Anderson   Bass
Gary Slechta   Trumpet
John Mills   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mitch Watkins   Programming,Producer
Gary Thompson   Engineer
James Tuttle   Engineer

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The Road Home 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I were stuck on a desert island, this would be the one CD I could happily listen to over and over again! The songs styles are deliciously varied and Tina's vocalizations are sweet magic. I sing along to all the tunes and so do my kids. The 6 and 9 year olds know all the words to ''the Road Home'' and my 2 year old know the chorus! What a shame that one isn't available as a sound byte on this site...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listening to this singer-songwriter wrap her richer-than-Joni-Mitchell voice around lyrics that range from socially conscious (Raise Your Voice, The Village is Ours) to the folksy ''The Road Home'' was an unexpected treat! I loved every second of this cd! Look for Tina to hit in a big way.