Yours and Not Yours

Yours and Not Yours

by George Usher
     
 

Between his work with Beat Rodeo, the Schramms, the Bongos, the Health & Happiness Show, and Edward Rogers, George Usher has a résumé that would raise the eyebrows of most fans of roots rock or contemporary power pop, but he's chosen to turn his talents in a decidedly differentSee more details below

Overview

Between his work with Beat Rodeo, the Schramms, the Bongos, the Health & Happiness Show, and Edward Rogers, George Usher has a résumé that would raise the eyebrows of most fans of roots rock or contemporary power pop, but he's chosen to turn his talents in a decidedly different direction on his fifth solo album, Yours and Not Yours. This set is a collection of subdued chamber pop tunes, most accompanied by a small acoustic ensemble or a string section, and the tone is gently downbeat, with Usher's songs dominated by tales of relationships that have broken down or choices that didn't work out. There is a hopeful side to the opener, "Somewhere North of the Sky," and a sly air of mischief in the kiss-off number "Where Is Your Guardian Angel?," but even on those songs the mood is more wistful than joyous, and Usher's vocals (which recall a mellower and pensive Matthew Sweet) glide over the waves of gentle sadness like a sailboat over a smooth lake. The arrangements match the material beautifully, from the high lonesome pedal steel on "It Never Happened" and "Unforgivable Sin" to the muted trumpet, cello, and piano that circle one another on "Comedy of Errors," and while the tone of these songs is consistent, Usher manages to give each a vocal reading that sets it apart; the overall theme of this album is "Love Hurts," but he's able to identify a rich variety of aches brought on by a broken heart. And lyrically, for all the romantic failures on display, Usher's stories are told with a keen eye for human behavior and an eloquent gift for wordplay. Yours and Not Yours would probably be a bad choice for a party on Saturday night, but if you're looking for mood music for a rainy autumn afternoon, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than this study of love among the ruins.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
Label:
Parasol Records
UPC:
0795306111429
catalogNumber:
114

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Usher   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Guy Finley   Drums
C.P. Roth   Organ,Piano
Mark Sidgwick   Bass,12-string Guitar
Garo Yellin   Cello
Jon Graboff   Pedal Steel Guitar
Claudia Chopek   Violin
Doug Larcey   12-string Guitar
Edward Rogers   Vocals
Bill Stevens   Horn
Wylie Wirth   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

George Marino   Mastering
Joe McGinty   Engineer
Dave Schramm   Composer
George Usher   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Houghton   Engineer
John Dunbar   Composer
Edward Rogers   Composer
Shawn Kimon   Engineer
John Dunbar   Composer

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