Things That Fly

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Things That Fly finds bluegrassers the Infamous Stringdusters at a bit of a crossroads. Their first two albums were more traditionally minded affairs, with the band's high-lonesome harmonies and fleet-fingered picking applied to relatively old-school (if not totally trad) formats. For their third album, though, they decided to mix things up, seeming to ask themselves in the process, "What is bluegrass?" Toward that end, they push gently at the boundaries of bluegrass here, stopping short of blowing a hole in the wall and scrambling out the other side as, for instance, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers have done. For one thing, they've expanded their instrumentation; in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
Things That Fly finds bluegrassers the Infamous Stringdusters at a bit of a crossroads. Their first two albums were more traditionally minded affairs, with the band's high-lonesome harmonies and fleet-fingered picking applied to relatively old-school (if not totally trad) formats. For their third album, though, they decided to mix things up, seeming to ask themselves in the process, "What is bluegrass?" Toward that end, they push gently at the boundaries of bluegrass here, stopping short of blowing a hole in the wall and scrambling out the other side as, for instance, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers have done. For one thing, they've expanded their instrumentation; in addition to the usual fiddles, banjos, mandolins, etc., the multi-talented Stringdusters employ not only lap steel, but very un-bluegrassy axes like organ and viola. And while the band's trademark vocal blend is a fine one, this time around they've varied up the vocals by bringing in a few guest singers, including country star Dierks Bentley, Aoife O'Donovan of alt-folk band Crooked Still, and singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind (who happens to be the wife of Stringdusters bassist/singer Travis Book). But the most striking change that takes place on Things That Fly is in the songs themselves. On one hand, the band pushes the envelope by delivering a twang-filled cover of U2's "In God's Country," but just as important are the strides they've made with some of their own compositions, like the sultry, almost funky "All the Same," the harmonically complex ballad "Masquerade," and "Taking a Chance on the Truth," which would be a pop
ock tune if it was played on electric instruments. Admittedly, there are other newgrass bands that have already gone farther down the road of stylistic expansion, but for the Infamous Stringdusters, Things That Fly marks an undeniable progression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891405926
  • Catalog Number: 14059
  • Sales rank: 58,823

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Can't Stop the Changes (3:55)
  2. 2 In God's Country (2:52)
  3. 3 All the Same (4:49)
  4. 4 Magic #9 (3:25)
  5. 5 Those Who've Gone On (3:13)
  6. 6 It'll Be Alright (3:21)
  7. 7 Masquerade (5:12)
  8. 8 Taking a Chance On the Truth (3:28)
  9. 9 Toy Rockets (0:47)
  10. 10 Love One Another (4:01)
  11. 11 17 Cents (2:40)
  12. 12 Not Tonight (3:43)
  13. 13 The Deputy (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Infamous Stringdusters Primary Artist
Andy Falco Organ, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Group Member
Sarah Siskind Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Dierks Bentley Vocals, Guest Appearance
Aoife O'Donovan Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Chris Pandolfi Banjo, Group Member
Jesse Cobb Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Group Member
Jeremy Garrett Fiddle, Viola, Vocals, Group Member
Travis Book Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Andy Hall Dobro, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
U2 Composer
The Edge Composer, Lyricist
Bono Composer, Lyricist
Gary Paczosa Producer, Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Jody Stecher Composer
Jon Weisberger Composer
Andy Falco Composer
Sarah Siskind Composer
Dierks Bentley Duet
Chris Pandolfi Composer
Jesse Cobb Composer
Jeremy Garrett Composer, Duet
Stephen Mougin Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering Associate
Travis Book Composer
Infamous Stringdusters Producer
Andy Hall Composer
Brandon Bell Engineer
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