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Viridian

Viridian

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by The Greencards
     
 
You might think you're hearing Nickel Creek's first album all over again, but in short order the Greencards take their folksy, rustic music and Carol Young's soft, seductive vocals into their own territory. "Waiting On the Night" evolves from a laid-back, sultry blues (with Young cooing lustily like the young Maria Muldaur) to a pop howl,

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You might think you're hearing Nickel Creek's first album all over again, but in short order the Greencards take their folksy, rustic music and Carol Young's soft, seductive vocals into their own territory. "Waiting On the Night" evolves from a laid-back, sultry blues (with Young cooing lustily like the young Maria Muldaur) to a pop howl, with a string quartet lending an "Eleanor Rigby"-ish foreboding to the mix. From Young's tender, poignant opening lines, "River of Sand" opens up into Nickel Creek-style harmonies and shifting textures, with humming violins and a delicately plucked mandolin dominating the soundscape. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the modal instrumental meditation "Su Prabhat," barely more than two minutes of yearning beauty as voiced by the violin and mandolin primarily, sounds like it might have come from the fertile pan-cultural mind of Chris Thile. Tradition factors heavily into the Greencards' M.O., though, with the spirited bluegrass breakdown of "Lonesome Side of Town," keyed by some jaw-dropping solos on guitar and mandolin and tight, mountain-style vocal harmonies. Kim Richey and Mike Henderson co-wrote one of Viridian's signal moments, "I Don't Want to Lose You," a mournful folk lament describing the final, wrenching stages of a dying love affair. This is rich, quintessential Greencards terrain, with Young singing in an ethereal, silky whisper and the acoustic instruments shaping delicate bursts of phrases that herald a looming sadness. Not a great leap forward but rather a solid, emotionally rich document that builds on what's come before it, Viridian's pleasures are subtle and nuanced, in the manner of unprepossessing albums that simply endure over time.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Greencards have titled their third album Viridian, probably in reference to their name, which is inspired by their immigrant status (Carol Young and Kym Warner were born in Australia, Eamon McLoughlin hails from the U.K., and these days they all call Austin, TX home). But the name also fits as a reference to the simple beauty of the group's natural sound -- much of Viridian sounds so organic and spontaneous that one imagines it could have grown rather than been recorded. Not that this music feels haphazard or ruled by chance; Young's vocals, which sound rich and downy sweet at once, dovetail so beautifully with McLoughlin's fiddle and Warner's mandolin and bouzouki that their musical communication seems nearly telepathic, but they achieve this without a moment sounding forced, and on Viridian, the open space around the music communicates as eloquently as what the musicians actually play. (Their approach is aided tremendously by Doug Lancio's sympathetic production and Jason Lehning's crisp engineering.) The Greencards use their very impressive chops to serve the songs rather than forcing the music to become a platform for their egos, and between the tunes they wrote themselves and the contributions from Kim Richey and Jedd Hughes, this disc quietly but impressively communicates a whole world of emotions and moods through the trio's precise arrangements and lovely harmonies. (And though Young takes on the majority of the lead vocals here, both Warner and McLoughlin are quite impressive when they step up to the mic.) Few acts in bluegrass or acoustic country are making music as soul satisfying as the Greencards, and Viridian captures them in lovely, affecting form.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020126527
catalogNumber:
1265
Rank:
323358

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greencards   Primary Artist
Larry Atamanuik   Banjo,Percussion,Drums
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Doug Lancio   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Andrea Zonn   Vocal Harmony
Chris Carmichael   Strings,Track Performer,String Quartet
Bryan Sutton   Guitar,Mandolin
Kym Warner   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Vocals,Slide Mandolin
Eamon McLoughlin   Fiddle,Cello,Viola,Vocals,String Quartet
Jedd Hughes   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Carol Young   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ronnie Bowman   Composer
Doug Lancio   Producer,Audio Production
Kim Richey   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Chris Carmichael   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jerry Salley   Composer
David Mead   Composer
Kym Warner   Composer
Eamon McLoughlin   Composer
Robbie Gjersoe   Composer
Greencards   Audio Production
Jedd Hughes   Composer
Carol Young   Composer

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Viridian 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Playing Time – 44:04 -- Warm, comforting and as smooth as suede, “Viridian” has shimmering music that is like rays of sunlight reflecting from a serene lake on a breezy summer day. From Australia and Great Britain, the spunky trio that now makes their home in Nashville (via Austin, Tx.) previously released two albums and toured with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson in the 2000s. More than emerging troubadours, the mysterious and fascinating Greencards have arrived with an electrifying neotraditional alt-folk sound. They used to be more rooted in bluegrass, but their music is evolving into their very own sumptuous contemporary Americana styling. Perhaps that is why they call the album “Viridian,” a durable bluish-green pigment. Because the trio has endured, they also display added cohesion these days. Growing up on American roots music from Lefty to Loretta, these exuberant young folks decided to follow their muse to the U.S. where they have been able to further develop and harness the melodies, lyrics, harmony, dissonance and spirit that just needed an outlet for release. The band is joined by guests Doug Lancio, Bryan Sutton, Larry Attamanuik, Jedd Hughes, Andrea Zonn, and Viktor Krauss. Chris Carmichael arranged the string quartet. The Greencards’ music is delirious fun …. bright, brisk and full of brilliant musical vignettes. Their stirring original material is smart and introspective. Memories and emotions are interwoven with fantasies, observations, and interludes. Written by Kym Warner and Jerry Salley, “Lonesome Side of Town” shows that they haven’t forgotten the rules and sideboards of straight-ahead bluegrass. “Shinin’ in the Dark” is another from both writers. The songcrafting of “Who Knows” included collaboration with Ronnie Bowman, and that number with a jamgrass groove asks a poignant question about what tomorrow holds. A hint is that “in harmony we find the answer.” While always tasteful, drummer Larry Attamanuik’s beat could’ve been toned down a few decibels in the mix. With music that is rehearsed, flowing and expertly produced. The Greencards are carving out their own niche among listeners who enjoy a hybrid of styles and the fusion of classic folk balladry with a bluegrass consciousness. (Joe Ross)