Coming Home

Coming Home

by Maggie Björklund

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Overview

Coming Home

The notion of a female alt-country star from Denmark sounds a bit like a joke, perhaps something Garrison Keillor might mention in passing on A Prairie Home Companion (perhaps referring to a CD the nephew of one of the Norwegian bachelor farmers brought home from college), but Maggie Björklund most certainly isn't kidding, and her first solo album, Coming Home, is a well-crafted, low-key delight. Björklund is a pedal steel guitarist from Copenhagen best known for her work with the Darleens, and she's also backed up a handful of American artists, including Exene Cervenka, Mark Pickerel, and Christy McWilson. Though Coming Home is Björklund's first solo effort, it sounds like the work of a seasoned professional with a clear vision and the talent to bring it to life. Björklund was able to attract some impressive names to help her out on Coming Home; Mark Lanegan duets with her on two tunes, Jon Auer of the Posies sings lead on a pair of songs, Rachel Flotard of Visqueen contributes two vocals, and Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico anchor the backing ensemble. While Björklund isn't afraid of sharing the spotlight on this album, her presence is clearly felt on every tune; her pedal steel work is short on needless flash, instead conjuring evocative washes of sound that add color and personality to the songs, while her melodies are richly atmospheric, with American roots music flavors seasoned by melancholy minor-key accents and spare arrangements that add to the spectral, subtly cinematic effect of this music. And despite the shuffle between instrumentals and a handful of different singers, each with distinct musical personalities, these 11 songs cohere into an album where the whole is superior to the many fine parts. Coming Home is an effective collection of late-night numbers that should serve as a calling card for a musician and songwriter with talent, style, and the know-how to make a truly memorable album.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2011
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302017426
catalogNumber: 20174
Rank: 150922

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maggie Björklund   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Vocals
Mark Lanegan   Vocals
Jon Auer   Vocals
Cary Black   Bass
Joey Burns   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Barrett Martin   Vibes
John Convertino   Percussion,Drums
Johnny Sangster   Acoustic Guitar,Mando-Guitar,Guitar (Tremolo),Guitar (Baritone)
Dan Hemmer   Hammond Organ
Pamelia Kurstin   Theremin
Rachel Flotard   Vocals
Eric Eagle   Drums
Barb Hunter   Cello
Sisse Larsen   Vocals
Karin Ørum   Vocals
Jacob Venezuela   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jon Auer   Composer,Lyricist
Christy McWilson   Composer,Lyricist
Craig Schumacher   Engineer
Johnny Sangster   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer
Eric Weaver   Engineer
Rachel Flotard   Composer,Lyricist
Shawn Simmons   Engineer
Nick Nanry   Engineer
Johnny Stage   overdub engineer
Maggie Björklund   Composer
Lene Sangster   Cover Art
Danny Lund   Layout

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