Water to Drink

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
On the typically eclectic Water to Drink, Louisiana-bred Victoria Williams draws on her southern folk roots to create vivid character tales such as "Grandma's Hat Pin," and lets her eye for quirky lyrical detail loose on the ramshackle "Junk." The artist's jazz interests come to the fore on the original "Claude," and on her heartfelt reading of the Sinatra-identified pop standard "Young At Heart. " Williams' relaxed vocal style is also well suited to the Brazilian-flavored, Antonio Carlos Jobim-penned "Water to Drink." Williams has been compared to Joni Mitchell for her intermingling of jazz and folk motifs; here, she further explores that combination, and the result is...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
On the typically eclectic Water to Drink, Louisiana-bred Victoria Williams draws on her southern folk roots to create vivid character tales such as "Grandma's Hat Pin," and lets her eye for quirky lyrical detail loose on the ramshackle "Junk." The artist's jazz interests come to the fore on the original "Claude," and on her heartfelt reading of the Sinatra-identified pop standard "Young At Heart. " Williams' relaxed vocal style is also well suited to the Brazilian-flavored, Antonio Carlos Jobim-penned "Water to Drink." Williams has been compared to Joni Mitchell for her intermingling of jazz and folk motifs; here, she further explores that combination, and the result is a musically and lyrically adventurous work that reveals new facets of this one-of-a-kind artist.
All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Williams is an innovative and adventurous songwriter and performer, but many find her folky antics and unique voice to be a bit much. Certainly Water to Drink, her first solo album since 1998's critically acclaimed Musings of a Creek Dipper, will add quite a few new souls to each camp. Here Williams stretches herself artistically and scores more than a few creative triumphs, but her personal mannerisms color their share of songs as well. The opening song swings along in somewhat self-indulgent ramblings about personal freedom, forgiveness, and her grandmother's hat pin, backed up by an instrumental soup of buzzy psychedelic guitars and Carole King-inspired piano. The result is a muddy mess that doesn't seem to go anywhere in particular. The rest of the album truly is a joy, however. The hippie vibe works better on "Joy of Love," where a breezy chorus seems more like a rallying cry than a repetitive drone. The title track "Water to Drink" is even better. An English version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Agua de Beber," the song allows Williams a fun vehicle for her vocal creativity. Here her voice seems more in its element, gaining a kind of Betty Boop coy sexiness instead of the croony qualities that seem to pervade elsewhere. Indeed, two of the other strongest performances on the album, on "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" and "Young at Heart," are standards, proving that Williams may be strongest when interpreting the songs of other people. Perhaps her lyrical quirkiness and eccentric tone and phrasing is a little too much all at once and the constraints of performing another composer's songs tone down the blur of her ideas, giving her space where she can spread out and share her immense talent.
Rolling Stone - Arion Berger
Both homespun and hymnlike, the songs on Water to Drink are the fullest expression yet of Williams’ cockeyed genius.

Both homespun and hymnlike, the songs on Water to Drink are the fullest expression yet of Williams’ cockeyed genius.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678336126
  • Catalog Number: 783361
  • Sales rank: 144,502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grandma's Hat Pin (4:08)
  2. 2 Gladys and Lucy (3:42)
  3. 3 Water to Drink (3:08)
  4. 4 Light the Lamp Freddie (4:09)
  5. 5 Claude (4:03)
  6. 6 Joy of Love (4:46)
  7. 7 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (4:42)
  8. 8 Lagniappe (3:56)
  9. 9 Junk (4:33)
  10. 10 Little Bird (3:09)
  11. 11 Young at Heart (3:49)
  12. 12 A Little Bit of Love (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Victoria Williams Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Dumas Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Danny Frankel Percussion, Drums
Don Heffington Percussion, Bongos, Drums
J.C. Hopkins Organ, Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandola
Barrett Martin Drums, Marimbas
Mark Olson Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Phil Parlapiano Mellotron
David Piltch Bass, Upright Bass
David Resnik Acoustic Guitar
John Convertino Drums
Petra Haden Violin, Background Vocals
D.J. Bonebrake Vibes
Lee Thornberg Trombone, Trumpet
John Christianson Bass
Jon Birdsong Cornet, Horn
Shannon McNally Background Vocals
Carla Bagmerise Background Vocals
Arleathia Dean Background Vocals
Evelyn Moffett Background Vocals
Dicky Simms Organ, Piano
Brian Kane Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet, Accordion, Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Guitar (Nylon String)
Michael Thompson Piano, Trombone, Horn
Lee Alexander Bass
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks String Arrangements
Victoria Williams Producer, Art Direction
Michael Dumas Engineer
J.C. Hopkins Producer
Mark Olson Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Rafael Serrano Engineer
Christina Dittmar Art Direction
Charlie McGovern Engineer
Seth Atkins Horan Engineer
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