Where It Hits You

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Jim White's music seems to come from a world all his own, a curious place where Flannery O'Connor and Big Star's Third hold sway as key cultural signposts, and with each album he adds a few more details on life in his Southern gothic universe. White's latest collection of missives from his version of the Deep South, 2012's Where It Hits You, is his first full-length project since leaving David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, but if you imagined that being without a successful patron would cause White's art to suffer, your fears were unfounded -- this album finds White in typically fine and eccentric form, spinning tales of oddball characters accompanied by music that's often ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Jim White's music seems to come from a world all his own, a curious place where Flannery O'Connor and Big Star's Third hold sway as key cultural signposts, and with each album he adds a few more details on life in his Southern gothic universe. White's latest collection of missives from his version of the Deep South, 2012's Where It Hits You, is his first full-length project since leaving David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, but if you imagined that being without a successful patron would cause White's art to suffer, your fears were unfounded -- this album finds White in typically fine and eccentric form, spinning tales of oddball characters accompanied by music that's often beautiful but also spectral and curiously introverted, conjuring the sound of ghosts drifting through a lonely town at three in the morning. Considering that he also dabbles in filmmaking and visual art, it's no surprise that there's a welcome sophistication in White's music, but there's also a very real avoidance of self-conscious artifice and little that's pretentious; no matter how odd his tales may be, there's a genuine understanding of the idiosyncrasies and strange fates of his characters, and whether he's sharing the story of a morbidly obese sibling in "My Brother's Keeper" or lamenting a relationship that's gone to seed in "Epilogue to a Marriage," there's a welcome honesty and authority to this music that's affecting. However, as much as atmosphere plays a key role in Where It Hits You, sometimes White seems more interested in creating a shadowy mental picture of his universe than in crafting a melody, and the second half of Where It Hits You suffers from too much meandering and too little focus. But when White hits the target -- and he does so more often than he misses -- he's still a singular musical artist with a singular vision, and he's not even close to running out of stories on Where It Hits You. With any luck, we'll be receiving communiqués from Planet White for many years to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457225824
  • Catalog Number: 2258
  • Sales rank: 98,221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chase the Dark Away - Fiona McBain (5:30)
  2. 2 Sunday's Refrain - Fiona McBain (5:00)
  3. 3 The Way of Alone - Rion Smith (5:45)
  4. 4 State of Grace - Rion Smith (5:19)
  5. 5 Infinite Mind - Rion Smith (3:22)
  6. 6 What Rocks Will Never Know (5:03)
  7. 7 Here We Go - Chris Costigan (3:04)
  8. 8 My Brother's Keeper - Rion Smith (7:21)
  9. 9 That Wintered Blue Sky - Fiona McBain (5:50)
  10. 10 Epilogue To a Marriage (6:50)
  11. 11 Why It's Cool (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim White Primary Artist, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
John Keane Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jeremy Wheatley Vocals
Terri Binion Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Kevin Hyde Trombone
Mike Ferrio Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Caroline Herring Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mitch Corbin Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Will Johnson Vocals, Guest Appearance
Marlon Patton Percussion, Electric Bass, Drums, Standup Bass
Rob McMaken Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Ruby Kendrick Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rachael Keane Vocals
Paige Keane Vocals
David Schweitzer Vocals
Dan Nettles Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Ash Raymond Fiddle
Andrew Small Cello, Bowed Bass, Standup Bass
Technical Credits
John Keane Mastering
Jim White Composer, Programming, Whistle
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