When You Grow Up

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099963186826
  • Catalog Number: 31868
  • Sales rank: 140,954

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When You Grow Up (3:02)
  2. 2 One Day I Will Do (4:16)
  3. 3 Oo La La (3:13)
  4. 4 Vibe So Hot (2:25)
  5. 5 City Lights (Pretty Lights) (3:23)
  6. 6 I Don't Have Time To Be In Love (3:26)
  7. 7 Cry Baby (3:14)
  8. 8 Lost Cause (4:09)
  9. 9 Empty House (4:26)
  10. 10 I Will Get Over You (3:42)
  11. 11 The Elf Song (4:16)
  12. 12 Torch Song (5:24)
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Album Credits

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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