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Yellowjacket

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Two decades into a solid but low-key career, rootsy Canadian folk-rocker Stephen Fearing is as unfashionable as ever, and it seems he wouldn't have it any other way. Yellowjacket is Fearing's eighth solo album, and a return to stripped-down self-production after a slow and gradual creep toward a more polished AAA-radio sound. Crisp and uncluttered, the sound of Yellowjacket recalls that of a classic Richard Thompson album minus the guitar heroics. Similarly, Fearing's songs are unpretentious and charming even when covering such well-worn topics as the siren song of the road (the title track, which seems to be referring to truckstop speed even though the song itself never ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Two decades into a solid but low-key career, rootsy Canadian folk-rocker Stephen Fearing is as unfashionable as ever, and it seems he wouldn't have it any other way. Yellowjacket is Fearing's eighth solo album, and a return to stripped-down self-production after a slow and gradual creep toward a more polished AAA-radio sound. Crisp and uncluttered, the sound of Yellowjacket recalls that of a classic Richard Thompson album minus the guitar heroics. Similarly, Fearing's songs are unpretentious and charming even when covering such well-worn topics as the siren song of the road (the title track, which seems to be referring to truckstop speed even though the song itself never rises above a sedate amble, and the barroom rock of "One Flat Tire") and the pitfalls of parenthood (the slightly soppy "Love Only Knows"). As comfortable as a favorite old sweater, Yellowjacket is geared almost exclusively for Fearing's small but dependable fan base; there's no attempt to reach out into the larger pop marketplace, and none is required.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: True North
  • UPC: 620638041024
  • Catalog Number: 410
  • Sales rank: 281,181

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Fearing Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin (Hammered), Vocal Harmony
Scott Merritt Leslie Pedal
Richard Bell Electric Guitar
Jeff Bird Double Bass
Gary Craig Percussion, Drums
John Dymond Bass, Bass Guitar
Colin Linden Dobro, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
David Travers-Smith Horn, Horn Engineer
Daniel Whiteley Mandolin
Josh Finlayson Background Vocals
Ellen Moore Violin
Elspeth Thomson Viola
Suzie Vinnick Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tom Mueller Cello
Paul Earle Violin
Ellen Moore Violin
Dan Whiteley Mandolin
Technical Credits
Scott Merritt Engineer
Stephen Fearing Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Colin Linden Engineer
Will Kimbrough Composer
Josh Finlayson Composer
Tom Wilson Composer
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