Theatre of the Unheard

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It's easy to lump Darrell Scott with other singer/songwriters. His songs certainly give the impression that he's writing out of personal experience, but his tendency to paint with large brush strokes gives his material universal appeal. Theatre of the Unheard is Scott's third album and his first since leaving Sugar Hill. While the voice and subject matter remain familiar here, the arrangements and production have been beefed up considerably. "Uncle Lloyd" and "Day After Day" mine family history, a favorite Scott theme, recalling poignant and painful memories colored by lots of booze. "6 O'Clock in the Morning" recalls "There Ain't No Easy Way" from Real Time with Tim...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It's easy to lump Darrell Scott with other singer/songwriters. His songs certainly give the impression that he's writing out of personal experience, but his tendency to paint with large brush strokes gives his material universal appeal. Theatre of the Unheard is Scott's third album and his first since leaving Sugar Hill. While the voice and subject matter remain familiar here, the arrangements and production have been beefed up considerably. "Uncle Lloyd" and "Day After Day" mine family history, a favorite Scott theme, recalling poignant and painful memories colored by lots of booze. "6 O'Clock in the Morning" recalls "There Ain't No Easy Way" from Real Time with Tim O'Brien, exploring the tragedy of a world corrupted by war, hunger, and constant toil. These familiar elements are joined by a sonically charged soundscape that leans closer to Southern rock than the folk/folk-rock of Scott's first two albums. "Miracle of Living" includes horns, background singers, slide guitars, and just about everything in the studio's kitchen sink. This bigger sound works fairly well on the opener, "East of Gary," and the funky "I Wanna Be Free," and Scott's soulful vocals could probably cut through a heavy metal band. The production on much of Theatre of the Unheard, however, is a bit bombastic. The arrangements of pieces like "River Take Me" -- with drums, electric guitars, organs, and a handful of background singers -- give the impression that Scott's warming up for a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute. This excess makes it difficult to sort out the quality of the songs. Fans of Scott's previous albums will nonetheless want to pick up a copy for songs like "6 O'Clock in the Morning" and the instrumental "Alton Air."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Full Light Records
  • UPC: 829372000124
  • Catalog Number: 720001
  • Sales rank: 92,184

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darrell Scott Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Dobro, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist, Banjolin, Guitar (Electric Baritone), Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Weissenborn, Guitar (Baritone)
Rodney Crowell Vocals, Voices
Danny Thompson Double Bass
John Catchings Cello
Kathy Chiavola Vocals, Voices
Jeff Coffin Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Cowan Vocals, Voices
Dan Dugmore Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Soloist
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Jim Hoke Horn
Kenny Malone Percussion, Drums
Jonell Mosser Voices
Steve Nathan Organ
Dirk Powell Fiddle, Accordion, Yells
Suzy Ragsdale Voices
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Andrea Zonn Violin
Wayne Scott Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Tom Bailey Composer
Alannah Currie Composer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Joe Leeway Composer
Darrell Scott Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Miles Wilkinson Engineer
Maude Gilman Clapham Art Direction
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