Wanderlust Diaries

The Wanderlust Diaries

by Mary Karlzen
     
 
Eclectic enough to cover both Tom Waits ("Heart of a Saturday Night") and Paul Westerberg (the touching "Skyway" has never sounded more lovely) without feeling forced, Mary Karlzen keeps both feet firmly in the folk-rock Americana that has always defined her work. Her girlish voice shifts between

Overview

Eclectic enough to cover both Tom Waits ("Heart of a Saturday Night") and Paul Westerberg (the touching "Skyway" has never sounded more lovely) without feeling forced, Mary Karlzen keeps both feet firmly in the folk-rock Americana that has always defined her work. Her girlish voice shifts between Juliana Hatfield, Beth Orton and Jewel, finding the innocence and longing in personal songs that are almost always sung in the first person. She's a singer/songwriter in the tradition of John Hiatt and early Joni Mitchell, serious and smart with an unerring eye for detail in her lyrics. Wanderlust Diaries is bookended by stripped-down tunes where Karlzen is joined only by John Deaderick's spartan piano. But the disc is dominated by strummy band tracks played with finesse by, among others, E Street Band bassist Garry Talent and ex-Wilco drummer Ken Coomer. Karlzen's acoustic guitar focuses the sound, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jansen Press adds just enough instruments and frills to underscore the singer's lyrics without ever overwhelming them. "Stupid or Something" is a terrific example of a song that takes flight with a folk-rock arrangement that leaps out of the speakers. Percussion and theatrical strings are added for drama on "Sixteen," a story-song that starts as a fond reminiscence of a summer but turns terribly dark in its final verse. It's a textbook example of what Karlzen does best as this album shifts from one highlight to the next on a journey through a scrapbook life, some of which might be based on personal experience. On her fourth release, all for different labels, Karlzen has delivered a gem that, in a perfect world, would generate a major Americana buzz.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020123724
catalogNumber:
1237

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Karlzen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ken Coomer   Drums
Paul Deakin   Drums
Derek Murphy   Drums
Robert Reynolds   Bass
Garry Tallent   Bass
Daniel Tashian   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Garrison Starr   Background Vocals
Matthew Ryan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Pisapia   Banjo,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
John Deaderick   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Carl Broemel   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jolynn Daniel   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Composer
Mary Karlzen   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Chuck Pfaff   Engineer

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