Noise from Words

Noise from Words

by Michael McDermott


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Noise from Words

Over a decade and a half into his career, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Michael McDermott shoots for his definitive album on Noise from Words -- his Tonight's the Night, his Late for the Sky, his Nebraska. Released three years after his last album, Noise from Words is, McDermott claims, an intensely personal autobiographical song cycle about addiction and recovery. Unfortunately, McDermott's strength as a songwriter is not naked, raw emotion; it's likely that anyone who hears these 12 songs without the foreknowledge of their creation would be hard-pressed to catch the underlying theme outside of the fairly obvious opening and closing tunes, "Mess of Things" and "I Shall Be Healed." Furthermore, McDermott is a talented but not particularly emotive singer whose rather plain voice doesn't deliver much of an emotional wallop. Noise from Words is an entirely inoffensive piece of adult alternative songcraft, but unfortunately, it seems that McDermott was going for something more than that.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
Label: One Little Indian Us
UPC: 0827954082124
catalogNumber: 40821
Rank: 98345

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael McDermott   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano
Denny Fongheiser   Drums
Dan Petty   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin
Doug Petty   Piano
Patrick Warren   chamberlain
Jim Wirt   Bass
Larry Beers   Drums
John Spiegel   Dobro,Guitar
Joe Cassidy   Guitar,Piano
Jason Batchko   Drums
Bobby Macintyre   Drums
Merritt Lear   Violin
Ryan Hinshaw   Violin
John Pirrucello   Pedal Steel Guitar
Angelo Santucci   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Michael McDermott   Composer,Producer
Michelle Lewis   Composer
Dan Petty   Composer,Producer
Rick Barnes   Producer,Engineer
Joe Cassidy   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Bobby O'Mullan   Executive Producer
Lyle Waisman   Assistant Photographer

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