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Winter Farewell
     

Winter Farewell

by Norfolk & Western
 
Winter Farewell is, in effect, the first genuine collective Norfolk & Western band effort, featuring mostly ensemble performances and production and at least a half-dozen co-writing credits. It is also every bit as strong as -- in fact, even stronger than -- Centralia. The album retains essentially the same template and

Overview

Winter Farewell is, in effect, the first genuine collective Norfolk & Western band effort, featuring mostly ensemble performances and production and at least a half-dozen co-writing credits. It is also every bit as strong as -- in fact, even stronger than -- Centralia. The album retains essentially the same template and basic sound as its predecessor. The resonant, organic production remains intact and it possesses and maintains the same beautifully somber mood. Winter Farewell, however, improves on previous efforts in several key ways. The production is even more diverse and engrossing, the playing is more cohesive, and the album as a whole is more conceptually unified. Essentially folk-based, the majority of the music has the air of a vintage attic heirloom. Like the painted portraits of Civil War soldiers that decorate the CD package, it is often reminiscent, in an aural sense, of old sepia-toned photographs from an earlier era fixed into scrapbooks by yellowed tape. It seems to exist somewhere outside the constraints of time. Tony Moreno's manipulated instruments and soundscapes and Raymond Richards' breathing pedal steel runs give many of the songs their ghostly ambience, an impression of layers of dust, as if they have arisen from the ashes of field recordings, which isn't entirely removed from the truth. Snippets of handheld recordings are indeed used, while lovely bits of banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, organ, harmonica, snare drum, and other assorted instruments dot the album and add to this rustic, aged atmosphere. If you were to listen only to the surface quality of Adam Selzer's vocals (when, that is, they are even present), you might get the same impression. His singing, detached from the words, conveys a sense of desolation and displacement. But, though the lyrics and lyrical themes themselves are at times disembodied and dream-like, they are also personal, specific, and intimate, directing a thread of present-day themes through the songs. In any event, the writing is superb, and in any era, Winter Farewell is a glorious, hallucinatory piece of work.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Film Guerrero
UPC:
0723724370128
catalogNumber:
9
Rank:
166060

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Performance Credits

Norfolk & Western   Primary Artist
John Askew   Guitar
Richard Buckner   Vocals
Alicia J. Rose   Accordion
Jeff London   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Wyman   Electric Guitar
Adam Selzer   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Cymbals,Drums,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vibes,Humming,Casio,Optigan,Juno,Background Music
Mark Leece   Banjo,Bass
Zak Riles   Banjo,Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
David Welch   Bass,Optigan
Raymond Richards   Banjo,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar
Amanda Lawrence   Viola
Tony Moreno   Bass,Guitar,Cello,Harp,Vocals,Human Whistle,Melodica,Echo

Technical Credits

Rob Jones   Engineer
Adam Selzer   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,Contributor
David Welch   Sound Effects
Tony Moreno   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Soundscape,Modulator,Acoustic Treatments

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