Making his technical debut as a songwriter (technical in that his prose poems serve as a lyric source on several tracks), Art Garfunkel takes top billing in what actually qualifies as a collaboration with two other singer/songwriters, Nashville's Buddy Mondlock and L.A.-based Maia Sharp; producer/songwriter Billy Mann plays an essential creative role as well. For all the diverse input, this remains a Garfunkel project at heart. His airy, delicate singing, remarkably identical in quality to his earliest recordings some 40 years earlier, provides the essential textural reference; Mondlock's vocals uncannily replicate Garfunkel's from the opening moments of "Bounce" and elsewhere throughout the album. Only two of these songs were written by outsiders, and these -- the self-consciously buoyant "Young and Free" and uncomfortably precious "What I Love About Rain" -- don't match the rest in either musical or lyrical accomplishment. Two in particular create near-magical spells, and both are draw from Garfunkel's writing: "The Thread," a wistful chronicle of love lost amidst references to romantic landmarks in New York, and "Perfect Moment," an account of strangers exchanging glances in a theater lobby and achieving, in that timeless second, all the perfection and connection two people might expect. This performance, musically reminiscent of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "For Emily," is exquisitely crafted and impeccably performed -- a high point not only here, but in all of Garfunkel's catalog.
Performance CreditsArt Garfunkel Primary Artist
Buddy Mondlock Acoustic Guitar
Robert Mason Cello
Eric Darken Percussion
Steve Brewster Drums
Connie Ellisor Violin
Shannon Forrest Percussion,Drums
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Tony Harrell Accordion,Keyboards
Lee Larrison Violin
George Marinelli Electric Guitar
Maia Sharp Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Billy Mann Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Guitar (Nylon String)
Mark Hill Bass
Carole A. Rabinowitz Cello
Jeff King Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Technical CreditsCarl Marsh String Arrangements,Cello Arrangement
Jann Wenner Liner Notes
Herb Tassin Engineer
Billy Mann Producer
Burton Yount Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Art Garfunkel, Maia Sharp and Buddy Mondlock blend and harmonize their vocals brilliantly on some inspired tunes written by the trio, as well as by producer Billy Mann, Garth Brooks, Lyle/Gallagher and Pierce Pettis. Elements of jazz, rock and country are heard intermittently on this pop album that had considerable air time on American Adult Contemporary radio. This is really a change from the seven albums of ballads Garfunkel made from 1973-1988. These are almost all moderate to moderately fast tunes. Although Grammy awards in the pop categories are usually reserved for platinum-selling albums because this guarantees there will be alot of satisfied Grammy show viewers, "EWTBN" deserves "Album of the Year" for 2003 (It was released on Oct., 8, 2002 and the 2003 Grammy season includes those US releases from Oct 1, 2002 to Sept., 30, 2003).
After ANGEL CLARE and WATERMARK, I was not sure if AG could ever hit that high mark again. This album convinces me he can. It captures you into not only listening and loving the music, but to be fascinated that his voice can remain as pure as it was 35 years ago. The high quality of this recording makes one want to grab a cup of coffee on a quiet morning and simply take it all in. A superb job.
I absolutely love this album. It features Buddy Mondlock, Art Garfunkel and Maia Sharp and I think that those 3 are extremely talented. I love this album because the harmony is different but familiar at the same time. It's different from the "Simon and Garfunkel" sound of course. It is a collection of songs that will touch almost everyone's heart and make them really think of the lyrics and imagine what they mean.