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Hard Times in Babylon marks Eliza Gilkyson's debut on Red House Records and shows this talented singer/songwriter in fine form. It is not a record full of insta-hits. That's not what Gilkyson is about. Her focus is on the craft of songwriting and making records. Both the songs and her voice sound warmly familiar, comforting, and timeless. "Coast" certainly lends itself to that description, as does "Engineer Bill." Lyrically, Gilkyson avoids the trite and clichéd whenever possible, and achieves some real beauty with her words. Indeed, "Persephone" reads like any great poem should, and would not be lacking had it no melody. Gilkyson's band includes guitarists Matt Andes and Mike Hardwick, bassist Glenn Fukunaga, and drummer Rafael Gayol. Predictably, these guys are not the hotshot A-list players that grace the liner notes of Britney Spears or even Sting, but they are steady, solid, and tasteful, just like Gilkyson herself. It's admirable that artists like this exist, making the music they do and offering it up to the world without trying to be the next big trend. Rather, to artists of integrity like Gilkyson, music is in their blood and breath, and it shows.
Performance CreditsEliza Gilkyson Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Kazoo,Vocals,Pump Organ
Matt Andes Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Mark Hallman Accordion,Background Vocals
David Webb Hammond Organ
Rafael Gayol Drums
Mike Hardwick Acoustic Guitar,Dobro
John Egenes Mandolin
Technical CreditsEliza Gilkyson Producer
Mark Hallman Producer,Engineer
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