by Erin McKeown


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Erin McKeown should have called this disc "Don't Fence Me In." The least she could have done was to record the song, anyway. Instead, McKeown tries her hand at just about every genre you might want to hear from her. The only common Grand threads to be found here are her voice and writing. On first glance she's your standard folk-pop torch-bearer with clever lyrical and melodic turns such as "Slung-Lo" and "Born to Hum"; turn your head and she's become a soft-core new wave rocker, as on "Cinematic"; then she's a throwback USO girl with "The Taste of You" and "How to Be a Lady"; before you know it, she's morphed into a groovy jazz hipster with "Cosmopolitans" and "Lucky Day." Occasionally the vibes converge and meld within a single piece. An interesting tidbit about Grand is that of the 14 tracks, only one is over four minutes, with most coming in under three. McKeown definitely has a style all her own and it seems to be working. Grand may fall shy of the "Panoramic & Spectacular!" claim on the cover, but it's definitely a beguiling and pleasant way to spend 40 minutes or so.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Nettwerk Records
UPC: 0067003030724
catalogNumber: 30307
Rank: 189295

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Performance Credits

Erin McKeown   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Sampling,Humming,Casio,Shouts
Brian Jones   Drums
Dave Chalfant   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Baritone,Slide Guitar,Loops,Humming
George Javori   Drums,Tambourine,Shaker
Brandon Mason   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Brian Jones   Bells
Michael Raskin   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dave Chalfant   Producer,Engineer,beats
Erin McKeown   Art Direction,beats
Meghan Dewar   Art Direction

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