This is an album of folk-rock covers performed by the Big Three singer/songwriters of the most recent folk revival, and it works well, if not perfectly. It starts off with the most risky number, a shimmering version of R.E.M.'s "Fall on Me." Dar Williams doesn't quite have the right voice for this song, but the band arrangements and backing vocals work nicely and the track ends up being very pretty in its way. The rest of the program is more of what you'd expect: story-songs by songwriters admired by the three performers, including James Keelaghan (whose "Cold Missouri Waters" is a harrowing firefighting tale), Robert Earl Keen ("Shades of Gray"), and Greg Brown ("Lord, I Have Made You a Place in My Heart"). Lucy Kaplansky, who has the best voice of the three, sings the heartbreakingly sweet "Speaking with the Angel," and there's a very interesting a cappella version of Leslie Smith's "Northern Cross," sung here in wide-open, medieval-sounding harmony. A couple of tunes rock out in a country-ish sort of way, and there's a nice version of Richard Shindell's "Ballad of Mary Magdalene." At times it sounds like the group members are still trying to figure out how best to work together, but fans of these artists won't be disappointed.
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Performance CreditsCry Cry Cry Primary Artist
Cliff Eberhardt Guitar
Richard Shindell Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dar Williams Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lucy Kaplansky Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Larry Campbell Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Richard Gates Bass
Jon Herington Guitar
Chuck Parrish Acoustic Guitar
Doug Plavin Percussion,Drums
Michael Rivard Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Alan Williams Organ,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Jay Bellerose Percussion,Drums
Billy Masters Electric Guitar
Stephanie Winters Cello
Jeff Hill Bass,Upright Bass
Technical CreditsLarry Campbell Arranger
Alan Williams Arranger,Producer
Darleen Wilson Producer
Cry Cry Cry Vocal Arrangements
Jim Armenti Composer
Craig Boyce Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i love this cd, my personal favorite is the song "cold missouri waters" which Richard Shindell sings. i would recommend this cd to anyone!
It's so easy to criticize the state of popular music today with its honoring of flash over substance. But look a little deeper past the surface bubblegum, and you will see a vibrant community of artists writing songs that still mean something. The album CRY, CRY, CRY is the perfect entry into this world. The group of the same name consists of Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, and Lucy Kalplansky, three of the most talented singer/songwriters of this generation. In this collection of a dozen cover songs, predominantly from lesser-known artists, they show that popular music still has a beating heart and voice. ''Cold Missouri Waters'', written by James Keelaghan, is a true tale of the 1949 Mann Gulch forest fire disaster. Keelaghan starts his story six years after the fire with the foreman Wag Dodge dying of cancer. Dodge tells a priest about the decisions he made at Mann Gulch and the consequences of those decisions. Richard Shindell, who sings lead on this one, seems to channel Wag Dodge masterfully allowing the intensity build in each successive verse. Dar's and Lucy's wonderful harmonies convey the burning fire outracing the young ''smoke jumpers''. ''Cold Missouri Waters'' alone is worth the price of the album. Another highlight is Dar Williams' cover of Richard Shindell's Biblical love story, ''The Ballad of Mary Magdalen''. Dar's Mary is a world-weary woman who had the perfect man and let him get away (''it was his career or mine''). In the wistful Buddy Mondlock ''The Kid'', Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky seem to blend their voices into a seemless one. Other artists with works covered on this album include Nerissa Nields, Robert Earl Keen, and Cliff Eberhardt. Call it contemporary folk, call it adult alternative, but don't CRY, CRY, CRY for the state of modern music.
You'd expect nothing less than perfect from these three. Richard, Lucy & Dar have pleased us once again. Each cover tells a great story which is only secondary to their wonderful harmonies. WOW! What a group. This should NOT stop with one cd as planned. I could go for at least 10 sequels....
The Arrangements, The music, The Singers,The Kid. He doesn't do well in geography but can look beyond the schoolyard to the many worlds awaiting him. I have heard the punchline dozens of times, yet it is still thrilling. Cold Missouri Waters has ironically toe-tapping music accompanying the final words of a man who tried to no avail to save fellow firefighters and spent the rest of his life with survivor's guilt. Warning: This cd will unleash your emotions again and again.