We Will Become Like Birds

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
When Virginia-born, Boston-based singer/songwriter Erin McKeown first appeared, her ethnomusicology degree from Brown got a lot of play in her press releases, and she was lumped in, uneasily, with various other "new folk" folks. Her contributions to the 2001 project Voices on the Verge think of a younger, hipper, and less corny 4 Bitchin' Babes didn't mesh with those of bandmates Jess Klein, Beth Amsel, and Rose Polenzani very well, largely due to the fact that even early in her career, she was never a folkie in the traditional sense, yet her style was never confrontational enough to put her in with the Moldy Peaches wing of the New York anti-folk cadre. McKeown has since...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
When Virginia-born, Boston-based singer/songwriter Erin McKeown first appeared, her ethnomusicology degree from Brown got a lot of play in her press releases, and she was lumped in, uneasily, with various other "new folk" folks. Her contributions to the 2001 project Voices on the Verge think of a younger, hipper, and less corny 4 Bitchin' Babes didn't mesh with those of bandmates Jess Klein, Beth Amsel, and Rose Polenzani very well, largely due to the fact that even early in her career, she was never a folkie in the traditional sense, yet her style was never confrontational enough to put her in with the Moldy Peaches wing of the New York anti-folk cadre. McKeown has since pulled further and further away from the folk and even folk-rock ghetto, and We Will Become Like Birds is a full-fledged, richly textured pop record in the tradition of Aimee Mann or Sam Phillips. Soothing acoustic and jangly electric guitars support McKeown's appealingly low-key vocals, with occasional touches like the electric piano underpinning "Delicate December" adding sonic variety. The songs are a varied and melodically sturdy lot that never settle for mere prettiness, with the hard-fought optimism of "Air" and the more downbeat moodiness of "Float" marking the album's emotional poles. The mixed emotions and soaring chorus of the Michael Penn-like closer, "You Were Right About Everything," make it the album's highlight, but the entirety of We Will Become Like Birds is excellent; less bound by genre restrictions than ever before, McKeown has taken the opportunity to soar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Nettwerk Mod Afw
  • UPC: 067003041829
  • Catalog Number: 30418
  • Sales rank: 348,018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aspera (4:27)
  2. 2 Air (3:01)
  3. 3 Life on the Moon (3:48)
  4. 4 To the Stars (3:01)
  5. 5 Beautiful (I Guess) (3:15)
  6. 6 Float (3:41)
  7. 7 We Are More (4:15)
  8. 8 White City (3:26)
  9. 9 The Golden Dream (4:28)
  10. 10 Bells and Bombs (3:03)
  11. 11 Delicate December (3:06)
  12. 12 You Were Right About Everything (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erin McKeown Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Sebastian Steinberg Bass, Bass Guitar
Peter Mulvey Vocals
Tucker Martine Drums, Tambourine
David Berger Drums
Juana Molina Vocals
Steve Moore Piano, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Gary Louris Composer
Peter Mulvey Sound Effects
Tucker Martine Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
George Javori Composer
Erin McKeown Composer, Producer, Artwork, Audio Production
Chris Keup Composer
Matt Fleming Artwork
Emily Lichter Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Recording

    Stewart Mason is generally right-on in his review. This release is a work of art by an artist who nails every track. There's a good variety between slow, lo-fi and upbeat rocking tunes. I give McKeown high marks as a writer and a guitarist. She is a must see live. The recording will take several listens to hit you, but once it does, you'll be playing it a lot. If you like your performers with heart, soul, intelligence and balls, then you'll like McKeown.

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