What To Say [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

What To Say [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

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by Daphne Willis
     
 

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What if Jason Mraz and John Mayer were trapped inside the body of a twenty-something girl with a voice that alternately sounds like Rickie Lee Jones, Macy Gray, and Edie Brickell? Well, somewhere amidst that goulash ofSee more details below

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What if Jason Mraz and John Mayer were trapped inside the body of a twenty-something girl with a voice that alternately sounds like Rickie Lee Jones, Macy Gray, and Edie Brickell? Well, somewhere amidst that goulash of influences emerges Daphne Willis, a Chicago-based singer and songwriter whose first full-length album, What to Say, is the work of a musician with a bit more talent than focus. Willis' songs are a little on the wordy side, but the easy conversational tone of her lyrics makes them sound significantly better than they read, and she pulls off the R&B influences of her vocals surprisingly well for a gal who was playing the occasional coffee shop gig only a year or so before this was recorded (and Willis has thankfully avoided picking up the wildly melismatic style that's so common in contemporary pop and R&B). But while Willis is good at what she does, she isn't great, at least not yet -- much of What to Say sounds like the work of a young musician who is still sorting out all the rudiments of her style (no great shame given that she was only 22 when she finished the album), and while tracks like "Love and Hate" lean toward the simple, acoustic-driven arrangements of her debut EP and show her to her best advantage, most of the songs have been given a splashier, horn-driven sound that tends to weigh her down a bit, and while she carries the burden with an admirable grace, every once in a while, she sounds as if she's gotten a bit lost on her own album. What to Say proves that Daphne Willis has a solid idea of how to write and how to sing; making a record is the next art she needs to master, though it's not hard to imagine she'll manage that with a little more experience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/2010
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707987127
catalogNumber:
79871

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daphne Willis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Hand Clapping
Barry Green   Trombone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Kenny Malone   Hand Percussion
Mike Payne   Acoustic Guitar
Tim Lauer   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Saxophone
Tim Lorsch   Strings
Tom Bukovac   Guitar
Mark Hill   Bass
Ken Lewis   Conga,Shaker
Tony Lucido   Bass
Josh Fox   Drums,Shaker
Mikky Ekko   Background Vocals
Michael Payne   Electric Guitar
Brandon Bell   Tambourine
Dan Hansen   Hand Clapping
Ryan Loftsgaarden   Trumpet
Ryan Kolberg   Bass
Nate Heffron   Saxophone
John Cicora   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Gary Paczosa   Producer
Tim Lauer   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Tim Lorsch   String Arrangements
Stephen Shirk   Producer,Engineer
Carrie Smith   Art Direction
Daphne Willis   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Brandon Bell   Engineer
Dan Hansen   Engineer
John Cicora   Composer,Horn Arrangements

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