Goodnight, San Francisco

Goodnight, San Francisco

by The Bittersweets


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Goodnight, San Francisco

The Bittersweets' sound is satisfying in a way that's almost physical, like eating a big chunk of solid, crusty bread: it's crunchy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside, and there's a hidden artfulness in its deceptively straightforward simplicity. On their second album the lineup has been stripped down from the debut's quintet to a trio (augmented by various session players), and the songs vary in tone and texture from sharp and lean to big and rich. Hannah Prater still has that muscular, whiskey-edged, Maria McKee-ish voice going for her, and uses it to particularly fine effect on the roots rocking "Wreck," the subtly complex "My Sweet Love," and the soft and regretful "When the War Is Over." When the Bittersweets stray from the meat-and-potatoes strength of their ensemble sound, the results are mixed: "45" is a sluggish and self-indulgent song with a flat, featureless melody, and "Tidal Waves" goes just a little bit too heavy on the pedal steel guitar. But there's no arguing with the delicate loveliness of "Blue" or the gorgeous midtempo country rocker "Birmingham." Despite a couple of slightly disappointing moments, Goodnight, San Francisco is a solid winner overall.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2008
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397448626
catalogNumber: 4486
Rank: 156971

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bittersweets   Primary Artist
Doug Lancio   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Baritone)
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jason Lehning   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar
David Henry   Violin,Cello
David Jacques   Bass
Steve Bowman   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
John Deaderick   Organ
Lex Price   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Thad Cockrell   Background Vocals
James DiGirolamo   Organ,Piano
Kyle Andrews   Bass
Hannah Prater   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Meyers   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Wurlitzer,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Henry   Engineer
Richard McLaurin   Engineer
Elijah Shaw   Engineer
Lex Price   Producer,Engineer

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