Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

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by Deana Carter
     
 
It wouldn't be a Deana Carter album if there weren't some personal drama behind it. So it is with The Story of My Life, on which Carter takes an assertive role in songwriting, production, and musicianship. Both intimate and expansive, the songs capture Carter's reflections on her life's journey as she assesses the fallout from a failed relationship and

Overview

It wouldn't be a Deana Carter album if there weren't some personal drama behind it. So it is with The Story of My Life, on which Carter takes an assertive role in songwriting, production, and musicianship. Both intimate and expansive, the songs capture Carter's reflections on her life's journey as she assesses the fallout from a failed relationship and questions her own values. The wisdom her parents and trusted friends imparted along the way is the philosophical foundation for "One Day at a Time," a slinky, lubricious amalgam of folk-style storytelling and R&B grooves. Churning and sludgy, "Ordinary" looks back at a life lived all-out and, with guitars howling, exults in seizing the moment anew, with Carter's husky, bluesy vocal soaring in the choruses and affecting a seductive whisper at other points. Trying to hold on while trying to let go is the yin-yang informing a Bread-influenced ballad, "In a Heartbeat," which is energized near its close by a fierce, George Harrison–style lead guitar solo by Carter's brother Jeff. Moody and ethereal, "Atlanta & Birmingham" leads off a triptych of incisive accounts of a breakup that includes the folk-rock of "She's Good for You" (featuring a surprising, Beatles-like instrumental interlude) and an acoustic-based torch song, "Not Another Love Song," on which Carter, in a delicate vocal, mourns the lost cause her love life has become. In the spacey ballad "Sunny Day," she kisses off, in no uncertain terms, a label executive who dissed her, subsequently reaffirming her commitment to her music as a form of salvation. Guess who has the last laugh? The Story of My Life is a tour de force of inspired artistry in multiple dimensions.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Deana Carter who exploded on the Nash Vegas scene with her hit "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" always seemed like she was holding back. Reined in by the strict formula of Music City production, listeners may have connected with Carter's songs but there was too much other stuff going on -- and tunes by too many other writers. Her second and third records suffered from more of the same but it was obviously not the fault of the artist. Finally, a full decade after her debut, Carter gets to release the album she's always wanted to make with the Vanguard label. Carter wrote or co-wrote everything on this set, produced it, and had complete creative control. It stands head and shoulders above everything in her catalog. Carter's musical approach touches on everything from California rock circa the 1970s, to Fleetwood Mac to country and folk, with flourish, aplomb, and elegance. As the title suggests this is a deeply personal and autobiographical outing with the various faces of love, its beginning, flowering, aftermath and redemption as its catalyst . The opener, "The Girl You Left Me For," is a rocker, full of layered acoustic and roaring electrics on the refrains. If there is irony here, it's well hidden; this is the sound of a heart broken and torn that will not let go. Alanis Morisette or Fiona Apple could have recorded this without a stretch. "Ordinary," fueled by a Hammond B3 and strutting guitars, is the kind of love song that captures the moment where infatuation crosses the line into the real thing. "Sunny Day" is a bittersweet country-rock manifesto of love in the turbulence of modern life. It contains a killer hook, and a beautiful guitar solo by Jeff Carter that draws on Pink Floyd's David Gilmour for inspiration. In sum, this is a seamless collection of gorgeously written and sung tunes; there are no excesses lyrically, musically or in instrumentation. Story of My Life is polished, but it's far from slick; it's honest, wears its heart on its sleeve and is full of imagination, grace , and spit. Meet Deana Carter, recording artist extraordinaire.
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Weingarten
The musical statement of her career. (A-)

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707976527
catalogNumber:
79765
Rank:
308645

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deana Carter   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Horn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Leago   Synthesizer,Flute,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Kyle Woodrig   Drums
Jeff Carter   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Michael   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Mackie   Bass
Kyle Woodring   Drums

Technical Credits

Toby Wright   Engineer
Deana Carter   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jeff Carter   Engineer
James Michael   Programming,Engineer
Carolyn Dawn Johnson   Composer
Ann Smalley   Art Direction

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The Story of My Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good album. I didn't think it would be all that great since she hadn't made a good album since 1996. I listened to this first and I thought it was so-so. But then I took it in my car and after just listening to it while driving and thinking, it's very relaxing. I really love the acoustic feel of the album.