God & the FBI

God & the FBI

by Janis Ian


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God & the FBI

Janis Ian, the godmother of all sensitive bedroom poets, launched a career confronting societal taboos with her breakthrough "Society's Child" in 1967. With GOD & THE FBI, she revitalizes her sound by delving into the electronic waters recently plumbed by Suzanne Vega, Joe Henry and Rickie Lee Jones. "On The Other Side" (complete with Latin requiem), "Jolene" (a catchy portrait of an inadvertent midwife) and the title track (Dylanesque rhyming meets McCarthy-era surveillance) build on programmed drums and looped background whispers --sometimes, as on "The Last Comeback" and "Murdering Stravinsky," the rhythms come across as superimposed, but usually they are subtle. Ian's trademark voice, guitar, and piano still anchor the songs. The album highlights remain in folkier territory: the tender Willie Nelson duet "Memphis," the jaunty country shuffle "Boots Like Emmy Lou's" ("If I had boots like Emmy Lou's/ I'd be a big old star/ rhinestones on my BVD's/ and a hummingbird guitar"), and the live piano ballad "She Must Be Beautiful." GOD & THE FBI may not be a breakthrough for this veteran iconoclast, but in couching her intimate voice in a variety of settings, Janis Ian updates her sound without sacrificing her soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2000
Label: Windham Hill Records
UPC: 0019341149828
catalogNumber: 11498

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Ian   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano
John Cowan   Vocals
Jim Cregan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Harmony
Steve Gadd   Drums
Willie Weeks   Bass
Marc Moreau   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Philip Clark   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Janis Ian   Producer,Art Direction
Jim Cregan   Producer
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
John Jennings   Producer
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Robert Haynes   Engineer
Marc Moreau   Producer,Engineer
Tina Abato   Tray Card

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