For All Time

For All Time

by Jill Barber


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For All Time

At first listen, Halifax, Nova Scotia-based singer/songwriter Jill Barber sounds like merely the latest in a lineage that stretches back at least as far as her fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell. Her debut album For All Time is a familiar blend of folk, country, soft rock, and occasional torchy jazz influences, along with one oddball ringer, the Melanie-style Tin Pan Alley throwback (complete with tootling clarinet!) "When I'm Makin' Love to You." That playful tune is an early indication that Barber isn't interested in being just the next Norah Jones, and closer listens reveal a stronger talent. Foremost, Barber has an outstanding voice, smoky and soulful with both a country twang and the self-assuredly idiosyncratic phrasing of a jazz singer. Secondly, her lyrics generally avoid singer/songwriter cliché, and tunes like the shuffling folk-rocker "Hard Line" and the sorrowful lullaby "Goodnight Sweetheart," with its pedal steel and Floyd Cramer-style piano part, are melodic and instantly memorable. Fans of Canadiana will appreciate the album's special guests, including Luke Doucet, members of long-running country-rockers Blue Rodeo (lead singer Jim Cuddy provides a great harmony vocal on the choruses of the Emmylou Harris-like "Don't Go Easy") and Jill's brother, singer/songwriter Matthew Barber, but the focus through this intimate, live-sounding record is on Jill Barber, where it belongs. For All Time is a tremendously encouraging debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2009
Label: Outside Music
UPC: 0623339119528
catalogNumber: 1195
Rank: 184674

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Barber   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Cooper   Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,Vibes
Julian Brown   Piano
Lee Cooper   Mandolin,Percussion,Vocals
Jim Cuddy   Vocals
Bazil Donovan   Bass,Bass Guitar
Luke Doucet   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Blake Manning   Percussion,Drums
Mike Olsen   Cello
Aaron Holmberg   Vocals
Andre Wahl   Guitar
Bob Packwood   Organ,Piano
Cooper & the Soul Rockers   Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Vocals,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,Vibes,bass pedals
Matthew Barber   Vocals
Rose Cousins   Vocals
Meaghan Smith   Vocals
Spencer Evans   Clarinet,Piano
John Mullane   Piano
Aisslinn Nosky   Violin

Technical Credits

Cooper   Arranger,Audio Production
Aaron Holmberg   Engineer
Cooper & the Soul Rockers   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Sean Odell   Artwork
Rick Morrison   Engineer
Jill Barber   Composer

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