When You Grow Up

When You Grow Up

by Priscilla Ahn
     
 

There's no denying Priscilla Ahn's voice. Crystalline and pitch-perfect, it's the sort of classic-sounding soprano that belongs to an earlier decade, when folksingers wore flowers in their hair and sang songs about free love. Ahn is the product of a more current generation, but she fills her second album with songs that are just as timeless, from stripped-down Laurel… See more details below

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There's no denying Priscilla Ahn's voice. Crystalline and pitch-perfect, it's the sort of classic-sounding soprano that belongs to an earlier decade, when folksingers wore flowers in their hair and sang songs about free love. Ahn is the product of a more current generation, but she fills her second album with songs that are just as timeless, from stripped-down Laurel Canyon folk tunes to lightly orchestrated chamber pop ballads. There's plenty of acoustic guitar here, as well as soft splashes of piano, lap steel, and strings, but Ahn's vocals are the focal point. She saturates When You Grow Up with double- and triple-tracked harmonies, and most of the songs' instrumental hooks are sung rather than played, creating a sound that's ornate but still intimate. She duets with Charlie Wadhams on "I Don't Have Time to Be in Love," tips her hat to former collaborator Benji Hughes with a slow, sexy cover of "Vibe So Hot," and co-writes with singers like Inara George, Sia Furler, and Eleni Mandell on some of the album's best songs. Yet despite the heavy guest list, When You Grow Up still feels more personal than Ahn's 2008 debut, which found her dabbling in indie pop, torch songs, and Norah Jones-styled jazz. She focuses on folk this time around, consolidating her strengths while exploring every quirky corner of the genre.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
5099963186826
catalogNumber:
31868
Rank:
51528

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Performance Credits

Priscilla Ahn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron,chamberlain,Omnichord,Pump Organ,Foot Stomping,Stylophone,Marxophone,Casio,Toy Piano
Sam Dixon   Bass
Ethan Johns   Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Mellotron,Loops,Pump Organ,Foot Stomping,Optigan,Bass Harmonica
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Lucy Wilkins   Violin,Leader
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Charlie Wadhams   Background Vocals
Vincent Greene   Viola
John Wood   Piano,Celeste,Wurlitzer
Dominic Monks   Foot Stomping
Gus Seyffert   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Casio
Helen Rathbone   Cello
Michael Barkley Green   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ethan Johns   Sound Effects,Producer,String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Inara George   Composer
Eleni Mandell   Composer
Sia   Composer
Charlie Wadhams   Composer
Dominic Monks   Sound Effects,Engineer
Priscilla Ahn   Composer,Sound Effects
Gus Seyffert   Sound Effects,Engineer
Benji Hughes   Composer
Gordon H. Jee   Art Direction
Jake Blanton   Composer
Kevin Held   Management
Julia Kuo   Illustrations

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