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On her second album as the Last Town Chorus, Megan Hickey continues to explore the sound of the lap steel guitar, moving it into unfamiliar, spooky terrain creating gloomy, atmospheric vignettes long on mood and existential angst. The feeling is almost ambient, dirge-like tunes that combine folk's bleak emotional realism, alt-rock's artistic approach, and a moaning, lonesome ambience that's all her own. Her vocals have that broken little girl quality that many female folksingers have, but Hickey doesn't use it as a coy come-on. She really does sound broken, or at least about to break down and cry. She draws out her words and slurs syllables, just as she draws out extended, ...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
On her second album as the Last Town Chorus, Megan Hickey continues to explore the sound of the lap steel guitar, moving it into unfamiliar, spooky terrain creating gloomy, atmospheric vignettes long on mood and existential angst. The feeling is almost ambient, dirge-like tunes that combine folk's bleak emotional realism, alt-rock's artistic approach, and a moaning, lonesome ambience that's all her own. Her vocals have that broken little girl quality that many female folksingers have, but Hickey doesn't use it as a coy come-on. She really does sound broken, or at least about to break down and cry. She draws out her words and slurs syllables, just as she draws out extended, forlorn notes from her 1940s vintage lap steel guitar. The songs often flow together, making the album sound like an achingly sad suite of songs moving slowly to some unknown but probably dark conclusion. The album's stark production Hickey produced and engineered the album herself contributes to the record's overall mute, desolate feel. "Wintering in Brooklyn" is the closest Hickey comes to an actual country song, but it's as much rock as country, with a steel solo that ratchets up the emotional ante to an unbearable intensity. The song takes an arch look at the rich folk who fly south and west when the weather changes. "It's Not Over" has our heroine following her lost lover and new girlfriend, repeating the tag line -- "It's not over till I say it's over" -- but the impression is more of a masochist than a stalker. The album's hit is Hickey's reinvention of Bowie's "Modern Love," a track that was used in a 2006 episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy. It's taken at the same funereal pace as the rest of the album, and her defeated phrasing makes it sound even more cynical and hopeless than the original. The despondent character of this album isn't for everyone, but those who like to wallow in gloom and depression will find Hickey a kindred soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: HACKTONE RECORDS
  • UPC: 081227999971
  • Catalog Number: 100306

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wire Waltz (2:43)
  2. 2 You (3:09)
  3. 3 Modern Love (4:26)
  4. 4 Caroline (3:10)
  5. 5 It's Not Over (4:25)
  6. 6 Understanding (3:30)
  7. 7 Boat (3:11)
  8. 8 Huntsville, 1989 (4:29)
  9. 9 Wintering in Brooklyn (4:31)
  10. 10 Foreign Land (3:31)
  11. 11 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Last Town Chorus Primary Artist
Amy Allison Vocal Harmony
Alan Bezozi Percussion
Joe McGinty Piano, Hammond Organ
Peter Galub Guitar
Greta Gertler Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals
Maxim Moston Violin
Megan Hickey Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Eric Ambel Engineer
Tim Hatfield Engineer
Dan Hickey Programming
Steve Fallone Mastering
David Gorman Packaging
Megan Hickey Composer, Producer, Engineer, Packaging
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