by Carla Werner
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New Zealand-born, Sydney-based Carla Werner's first album is a moody, often downbeat work that showcases her remarkable voice. Somewhat like Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, she infuses these introspective songs with passion and integrity. No less than four producers had contributed to these 11 tracks, but Coldplay's producer Ken Nelson seems responsible for the album's direction. Layered, brooding, and often hypnotic, Werner's songs are not easy listening. In fact, on initial spins they sound deceptively alike. Unlike most major-label singer/songwriters, these tunes don't have obvious hooks and none would make a logical single. Rather, this is an album that needs to seep in, letting its subtle charms wash over the listener on lazy Sunday mornings. Although these tracks can be stripped down to just guitar and voice, they would lose much of their appeal. As a debut, this is an extraordinarily accomplished and complex work that grows stronger the more closely you listen. Still, the similarity and darkness of the ambience gets monotonous, with the poetic "Make It Up" nearly lost in the shuffle at track number nine. Werner also goes heavy on her lyrics, and a few cuts are extended past their breaking point. But her voice is so eerily luxurious that, like Bryan Ferry's solo music, all of this is worth hearing...if you're in the mood. The closing, uncredited 40-second snippet of a five-year-old Werner singing in the shower is cutesy and should not have been included in this otherwise mature debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2008
Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
UPC: 9399700114645
catalogNumber: 512437

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carla Werner   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Chris Bruce   Bass,Guitar Effects
Gary Burke   Drums
Michael Hunter   Bass
Jamie Muhoberac   Synthesizer,Conductor,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Synthesizer Pads
Larry Muhoberac   Conductor
John Platania   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Pythian   Pump Organ
Joel Shearer   Guitar Effects
Robert Wolf   fender rhodes
Anne-Louise Comerford   Viola
Phillip Hartl   Violin,Leader
Ged Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Adrian Wallis   Cello
Fiona Ziegler   Violin
Martin Silverton   Violin
Scott Stiles   Violin
Emerson Swinford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,E-bow
Dan Goodwin   Guitar Effects
Alex d'Elia   Violin
Andrew Hines   Cello
Ben Rosen   Bass
Sandro Costantino   Viola
Dario Bortolin   Bass
Askar Nurlanov   Violin
Mike "Captain Mikey" Hunter   Bass
Flynn Gower   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Scott Cutler   Composer
Michael Hanna   String Arrangements
Jamie Muhoberac   Contributor,String Arrangements
Larry Muhoberac   String Arrangements
Ken Nelson   Producer,Engineer
Carmen Rizzo   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Danton Supple   Engineer
Mark Pythian   Engineer
Andrea Wright   Engineer
Lachlan Mitchell   Engineer
Carla Werner   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Chris Townend   Engineer

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