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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Chris Smither settles into his distinctive combination of folk and blues with this excellent release. Although not pushing established boundaries, his rich, velvety voice and mature spoken-sung vocals convey a sense of truth and add depth to these introspective compositions. A bit of early Tom Waits creeps into his leathery vocals on a jaunty cover of Dave Carter's "Crocodile Man," but Smither is best defined by the fingerpicked folk-blues. Bonnie Raitt, a fan from way back, contributes harmony vocals and slide guitar to his gentle eight-minute version of Dylan's "Desolation Row." Some tunes are percussion-free, providing the singer's honey growl of a voice and clean ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Chris Smither settles into his distinctive combination of folk and blues with this excellent release. Although not pushing established boundaries, his rich, velvety voice and mature spoken-sung vocals convey a sense of truth and add depth to these introspective compositions. A bit of early Tom Waits creeps into his leathery vocals on a jaunty cover of Dave Carter's "Crocodile Man," but Smither is best defined by the fingerpicked folk-blues. Bonnie Raitt, a fan from way back, contributes harmony vocals and slide guitar to his gentle eight-minute version of Dylan's "Desolation Row." Some tunes are percussion-free, providing the singer's honey growl of a voice and clean acoustic guitar the most space to maneuver. Smither is loosest lamenting about his stolen car and its psychological effects on "Let It Go," a track that, with his muttering and grouching, seems to have been recorded in an impromptu moment. A gentle cover of Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man" -- the album's only unaccompanied performance -- shows Smither's rather evident roots, and his closing waltz-styled version of Buffalo Springfield's "Kind Woman" reveals less obvious ones. Accompaniment by right-hand man David "Goody" Goodrich, who plays keyboards, guitars, and even something called a pinewood diddley bo, subtly enhances nearly every track on this quiet gem.
Minor 7th
What it has instead is more than enough intimacy, groove, and wit to make one terrific record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928815826
  • Catalog Number: 8158
  • Sales rank: 83,427

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Train Home (4:12)
  2. 2 Outside In (4:11)
  3. 3 Confirmation (4:05)
  4. 4 Crocodile Man (3:33)
  5. 5 Lola (3:27)
  6. 6 Desolation Row (7:45)
  7. 7 Call Time (3:35)
  8. 8 Candy Man (3:37)
  9. 9 Never Needed It More (3:17)
  10. 10 Let It Go (4:33)
  11. 11 Kind Woman (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Smither Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bonnie Raitt Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
David "Goody" Goodrich Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar, Hi String, Reed Organ, Ambience
Mike Piehl Cymbals, Drums
Louise Ulrich Bass
Anita Suhanin Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Downs Horn
Technical Credits
Chris Smither Contributor
Ray Davies Composer
Tom Corwin Engineer
Charlie Parker Composer
Bob St. John Mastering
David "Goody" Goodrich Producer
Mark Thayer Engineer
John Hurt Composer
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