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The Secret Sun

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although he's best known as the guy who wrote Norah Jones's breakthrough hit, "Don't Know Why," as well as four other songs on her Grammy-sweeping debut, Jesse Harris has got plenty to say on his own -- as evidenced by The Secret Sun, his fourth album with his Brooklyn-based band, the Ferdinandos, and his major-label debut. Here, Harris exudes an easygoing quality similar to Jones's, though it's more rooted in the folkier side of rock -- particularly in the guitar interplay between Harris and Tony Scherr -- than the cooler edge of jazz. The difference isn't so much one of volume but one of energy, with Harris cranking it up a little higher. Harris and Scherr's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although he's best known as the guy who wrote Norah Jones's breakthrough hit, "Don't Know Why," as well as four other songs on her Grammy-sweeping debut, Jesse Harris has got plenty to say on his own -- as evidenced by The Secret Sun, his fourth album with his Brooklyn-based band, the Ferdinandos, and his major-label debut. Here, Harris exudes an easygoing quality similar to Jones's, though it's more rooted in the folkier side of rock -- particularly in the guitar interplay between Harris and Tony Scherr -- than the cooler edge of jazz. The difference isn't so much one of volume but one of energy, with Harris cranking it up a little higher. Harris and Scherr's instrumental prowess drives the Brill Building pop of "How?" as well as the breezy "The Midnight Bell," which gets an extra bit of verve from a sinuous marimba line. Jones makes a cameo appearance on "What Makes You," where she and Harris perform a free-and-easy vocal duet, but she keeps things low-key. Harris does the same, for the most part, offering a nimble interpretation of the traditional blues tune "Roberta" and breathing a quiet desperation into the album's jazziest cut, "You, the Queen." He's already proven himself behind the scenes, but with The Secret Sun Jesse Harris establishes himself as a singer-songwriter to be reckoned with.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Fans of Jesse Harris' Grammy award-winning work with Norah Jones may be surprised by The Secret Sun. Harris' long history of work with his band the Ferdinandos has a similar laid-back singer/songwriter vibe to Come Away With Me, but where pianos and acoustic basslines punctuated the Norah Jones album, Harris relies on subdued guitar distortion and countified twang. Much like fellow singer/songwriter Josh Rouse, Harris seems to be sweetly smiling while singing, and his summery melodies drift out across the acoustic guitars and gentle brushwork courtesy of drummer Kenny Wollesen, giving the whole album a contemplative Sunday afternoon feel. The pace picks up in the driving "You Were on My Mind" and the rootsy "All My Life," but never breaks out into full "rock" mode, seemingly content to coast on a dusty August breeze. Although Miss Jones herself makes an unobtrusive appearance on the Jayhawks-y ballad "What Makes You," The Secret Sun is clearly Harris' album. Hopefully listeners will be able to enjoy it as such, and Harris will be able to be recognized on his own as opposed to being "that one guy who plays guitar in Norah Jones' band."
Entertainment Weekly - Jim Greer
Sun is studded with literate, well-structured songs. (B)

Sun is studded with literate, well-structured songs. (B)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 602498605059
  • Catalog Number: 930631
  • Sales rank: 305,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just a Photograph - Jesse Harris (2:52)
  2. 2 The Secret Sun - Jesse Harris (3:45)
  3. 3 Long Way from Home - Jesse Harris (2:20)
  4. 4 All My Life - Jesse Harris (3:43)
  5. 5 What Makes You - Norah Jones (4:19)
  6. 6 How? - Jesse Harris (2:47)
  7. 7 You Were on My Mind - Jesse Harris (3:23)
  8. 8 If You Won't - Jesse Harris (2:13)
  9. 9 The Other Road - Jesse Harris (4:06)
  10. 10 The Midnight Bell - Jesse Harris (3:28)
  11. 11 Roberta - Jesse Harris (4:45)
  12. 12 You, The Queen - Jesse Harris (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos Primary Artist
Tony Scherr Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Wollesen Percussion, Drums, Marimbas, Vibes
Jesse Harris Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Norah Jones Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chiara Civello Background Vocals
Chris Brown Organ
Technical Credits
Gene Paul Mastering
Tony Scherr Producer
Jesse Harris Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Juan Garcia Engineer
Juan Bautista Sánchez García Engineer
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