Unsung

Unsung

by Slaid Cleaves
     
 

Musicians place a great deal of importance on other musicians' ability to craft their own songs, so it's extremely unusual for a songwriter like Slaid Cleaves to put an entire album together of other peoples' songs as he has on Unsung. As he states, "these days, the songs that knock me out are the ones I come across face to face, in my travels and in my home."See more details below

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Musicians place a great deal of importance on other musicians' ability to craft their own songs, so it's extremely unusual for a songwriter like Slaid Cleaves to put an entire album together of other peoples' songs as he has on Unsung. As he states, "these days, the songs that knock me out are the ones I come across face to face, in my travels and in my home." This sort of self-effacement is welcome, because there are so many good songs out there that go unheard while songwriters, inspired or not, usually insist on writing new ones. The strange thing about Unsung, though, is that Cleaves manages, through his warm, lived vocals and Americana backing, to make the most of these songs -- songs written by other singer/songwriters -- sound like his own. In fact, it's an easy bet that if an old fan picked up the album and listened to "Devil's Lullaby" and "Racecar Joe" without bothering to read the credits, he or she'd never know the difference. The songs, by writers like Peter Keane and Chris Montgomery, are literary, tuneful, and, in the mouth of Cleaves, well-worn friends. With solid arrangements and well-chosen songs, Unsung should satisfy anyone who appreciates a thoughtful song well sung.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times - Ann Powers
Singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves practices this painterly art with unusual self-awareness. He's got a great ear to go along with his warm, peppery voice.... [A] quietly addicting set.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661324527
catalogNumber:
613245
Rank:
60885

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Slaid Cleaves   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Electronic Piano
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Paul Griffith   Percussion,Drums,Triangle
David Henry   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Trumpet,Electric Bass,Cello,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Shaker,Pump Organ
Richard McLaurin   Pedal Steel Guitar
David Jacques   Trombone,Tuba,Euphonium,Upright Bass
Mary Gauthier   Background Vocals
Ned Henry   Violin
Rod Picott   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Charles Arthur   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Autoharp,Lap Steel Guitar
Nick Buda   Drums

Technical Credits

Peter Keane   Composer
David Olney   Composer
Slaid Cleaves   Author,Song Notes
Jim DeMain   Mastering
Steve Brooks   Composer
David Henry   Producer,Engineer
Ana Egge   Composer
Adam Carroll   Composer
Melvern Taylor   Composer
Rod Picott   Producer
Karen Poston   Composer
Dorothea Lange   Cover Photo
Chris Montgomery   Composer
JJ Baron   Composer
Graham Weber   Composer

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