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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: RED HAT RECORDS
  • UPC: 787687101526
  • Catalog Number: 1015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Love (4:02)
  2. 2 There and Back Again (4:34)
  3. 3 Flying Solo (4:04)
  4. 4 Raise Your Voice (4:06)
  5. 5 The Present (3:18)
  6. 6 The Village Is Ours (2:55)
  7. 7 Woman to Woman (3:43)
  8. 8 The Other Shore (3:23)
  9. 9 The Box (3:34)
  10. 10 Buy It Now! (0:53)
  11. 11 People in Cars (4:44)
  12. 12 Don't Look Away (4:33)
  13. 13 The Road Home (5:36)
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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
John Mills Baritone Saxophone
Mike Berglund Trumpet
Clipper Anderson Bass
Gary Slechta Trumpet
Technical Credits
Mitch Watkins Programming, Producer
Gary Thompson Engineer
James Tuttle Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is my Desert Island Disc!

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Road Home will touch your heart & soul.

    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.

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