Everyone should realize by now that Steve Martin is more than just a comedian who started off his career in the comedy clubs with an arrow through his head and a five-string banjo as a prop. He's written short stories, novels, plays, and who knows how many film scripts. He's an actor and a serious art collector, and his work, however funny it may be at times, really arcs closer to human philosophy than it does standup or slapstick, although Martin knows how to do a pratfall with the best of the Saturday Night Live crew. But for the record, and for the sake of the matter at hand, Martin is a fine and accomplished banjo player, good enough to play with the likes of Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Tony Trischka, John McKuen, and Pete Wernick, and, oh yeah, he's played with Earl Scruggs too, which alone should state the case. Yep, Martin can play the banjo, and better yet, he composes on it, and his gentle, lilting, and chiming banjo lines have easy, natural melodies embedded in them. This is where Edie Brickell enters the picture. On Love Has Come for You, Martin's third album for Rounder Records, Brickell's lyrics bring those gracefully easy melodies to life, stretching them into likewise graceful songs with a sparse, whimsical, and artfully open-aired narrative style. Her singing sounds relaxed and unpressured, just like Martin's easy-rolling banjo lines, and the two of them together are no novelty act. This is a true collaboration, and songs like the opener, "When You Get to Asheville," which features a muted chamber string section that wraps around Martin's banjo like a bright, warm blanket (the album was produced by Peter Asher), the odd, compelling "Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby" (about a baby thrown off a train in a suitcase, it could almost be called an Appalachian murder ballad, except no one dies, and the song is delivered with a sort of slightly bemused warmth), and "Shawnee," a simple, lovely, and gentle song about missing someone, all make it clear that Martin and Brickell are no accidental tourists. This is a sweet-sounding album with subtle depths, not really bluegrass, but a precisely gentle folk album that grows more graceful and revealing with each listen.
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Performance CreditsSteve Martin Primary Artist,Vocals,5-string Banjo
Edie Brickell Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano,Accordion,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Peter Asher Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Kate Musker Viola
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Scott Price Choir Director
Ian Walker Bass,Double Bass
Waddy Wachtel Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Graham Sharp Background Vocals
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Geoff Zanelli Hand Clapping,Dulcitone
Stephen Hilton Synthesizer,electronic percussion
Sara Watkins Fiddle
Sean Watkins Acoustic Guitar
Sean Hill Choir, Chorus
Esperanza Spalding Bass,Double Bass
Stacey Watton Double Bass
Mike Guggino Mandolin,Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping,Cajon
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Webb Sisters Background Vocals
Woody Platt Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Nicky Sanders Fiddle
Jeff Alan Ross Electric Guitar
Schola Cantorum Choir, Chorus
Thomas Fetherstonhaugh Choir, Chorus
Charles Humphrey Double Bass
Boys' Choir of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Choir, Chorus
Noah Scoffield Choir, Chorus
Joseph Outtrim Choir, Chorus
Technical CreditsSteve Martin Composer
Martin Mull Cover Painting
Peter Asher Producer
Edie Brickell Composer,Lyricist
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Isobel Griffiths String Contractor
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Bob Stark Engineer
Geoff Zanelli Arranger,String Arrangements
Wesley Seidman Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Dom Boucher Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love Has Come for You based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
beautifully played music but gawd is this a depressing album. superb music, wonderful singing. sad sad lyrics.
Addictive! Fantastic music! I'm a big fan of Steve Martin and this is my favorite album so far. At first I was leery when I saw that Edie Brickell was doing the vocals,as I did not know who she was. Now I am hooked on her too! The lyrics are simple yet straightforward. I just can't stop listening to this album!! Steve Martin is a Master banjo player.
Great piece of contemporary Americana! Great lyrics, subdued yet stately picking by Steve, and Edie may never have sounded better. If any complaint it's that the album is too short!
I Love Steve Martin's music. It is varied and creative. I'm not a fan of Edie Brickell or her lyrics. Her style is redundant and predictable. I would have preferred an acoustic version of the music more.
Is there an acoustic-only version? Or one with just Steve Martin performing on it? Steve Martin is a fantastic banjo player and singer though I haven't thought the same for his comedy. Unfortunately, his album partner choice this time is a great tragedy, which is the only thing wrong with this cd - and is his worst pratfall yet. I hope his next album teams with someone who compliments, not distracts, from him.