Of Joy & Sorrow

Of Joy & Sorrow

by Denison Witmer


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Of Joy & Sorrow

On his second full-length release, Denison Witmer again proves that he knows his way around the standard singer/songwriter song, wrapping nakedly confessional verse around light melodies and laid-back arrangements. As if he's spent the last few years mainlining James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg's cumulative '70s work, Witmer is an almost awkwardly honest lyricist, with his unassuming croon cast as the perfect vehicle for his introspective musings. Commonplace, yet entirely well-assembled, with an impressive cast of musicians contributing bass, drums, mellotron, piano, and backup vocals to flesh out the contemplative din of streamlined autumnal sounds, it becomes somewhat apparent that Witmer's talent as an arranger is outstripping his abilities as a communicator at this stage in his career. And that's hardly a complaint, as his lean folk-pop approach is generally quite engaging, regardless of any perceived lack of punch. Overall, Witmer presents himself as a well-endowed artist who only has to grow a bit to fully develop his considerable gifts.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2002
Label: Burnt Toast Vinyl
UPC: 0656605919928
catalogNumber: 40
Rank: 217381

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Denison Witmer   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Classical Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Debbie Burch   Choir, Chorus
Don Peris   Organ,Electric Guitar
Karen Peris   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Danielle French   Bass
Jesse Sprinkle   Drums
Andrea Jennings   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Blake Wescott   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,Wurlitzer,Vocal Harmony
Shannon Stephens   Vocal Harmony
Jordan Walton   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Rob Grange   Composer
Derek St. Holmes   Composer
Don Peris   Engineer
Nick D'Virgilio   Composer
Christian Wargo   Contributor
Denison Witmer   Producer,Engineer
Blake Wescott   Producer
Jordan Walton   Engineer

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