Yours and Not Yours

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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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  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • Label: Parasol Records
  • UPC: 795306111429
  • Catalog Number: 114

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
Al Houghton Engineer
John Dunbar Composer
Edward Rogers Composer
Shawn Kimon Engineer
John Dunbar Composer
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