Moonlit Déjà Vu

Moonlit Déjà Vu

by Michael Johnson


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Moonlit Déjà Vu

Michael Johnson has been a professional musician and songwriter since the late '60s, with a handful of country hits to his name including two number ones, "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder." He played guitar for the Mitchell Trio when John Denver was a member and became a frontman when the trio morphed into Denver, Boise & Johnson, but they never made a recording under that name. He hasn't made a studio album in 15 years, and since here are only two Johnson originals on the record, it would appear that he's not been doing a good deal of writing in his time away from the studio. Johnson's acoustic guitar picking has a cordial, inviting folk-pop feel with subtle classical and jazz-like flourishes. His voice remains warm and intimate, a singer able to convey strong emotion without raising his voice. Overall, the album has a soothing, laid-back feel, which is both its blessing and its curse. It makes the album perfect for background music, but most of the songs are so full of songwriting clichés that they make you shrug when you pay close attention. The exceptions are Clive Gregson's "My Favorite Lies," an ironic list of the lies we all tell ourselves to get through the day, and Johnson's "One Mile Apart," a ballad that looks at the divide between a rich woman in Texas and a working man in Mexico. Everything else here is pleasantly forgettable, except for "SoSo," a smug reinvention of "You Make Me Feel So Young" that makes you wonder what Johnson was thinking when he wrote it.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2012
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651025924
catalogNumber: 259
Rank: 27632

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Johnson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Marc Anderson   Percussion
Gordon Johnson   Bass
Dave Karr   Alto Flute,Saxophone
Dan Newton   Accordion
Jill Olson   Violin
Benny Weinbeck   Piano,Hammond B3
J.T. Bates   Drums
Rebecca Arons   Cello
Jill Olson   Violin
Susan Janda   Viola
Maud Hixson   Background Vocals
Truly Carmichael   Vocals
Trudy Carmichael   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Johnson   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Clive Gregson   Composer,Lyricist
Roger Cook   Composer,Lyricist
Josef Myrow   Composer,Original Lyrics
Charles Cochran   Composer,Lyricist
Mack Gordon   Composer,Original Lyrics
Eric Peltoniemi   Layout
Hugh Prestwood   Composer,Lyricist
Karen Taylor-Good   Composer,Lyricist
Adi Yeshaya   String Arrangements
Lisa Aschmann   Composer,Lyricist
Steve Kaul   Engineer
W. T. Davidson   Composer,Lyricist
Truly Carmichael   Duet
Tom Keeton   Composer,Lyricist
Trudy Carmichael   Duet

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