Only With Laughter Can You Win

Only With Laughter Can You Win

by Rosie Thomas


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Only With Laughter Can You Win

Rosie Thomas' sophomore album further explores the singer/songwriter's relationships with family, love, self, and her spirituality. Her sweetly childlike voice understates her weighty topics, giving a warm balance to the recordings, and her sunny melodies guide the songs to both logical conclusions and lingering questions. Gentle acoustic guitars and atmospheric instrumentation (including xylophones, pianos, and breathy electric guitar lines) support her multi-tracked vocals unobtrusively, allowing her gentle melismata to roll around the words, keeping her message free from misinterpretation. The positively victorious "You and Me" stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the songs, and while the music stays subdued and somber, her voice raises above its gentle whisper to a nearly testifyin' shout, illustrating her conviction to either her love or her faith (or both). On the album's highlight, "I Play Music," Thomas explains quite frankly to her audience, "I play music, that's what I do/And when I sing I lose myself/There's nothing more I'd rather do/Lord knows I've tried everything else." While this lyric is not groundbreaking or necessarily poetic, the pure naked force of her honesty shines through like a child's first question or a lover's drifting sleep talk.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Sub Pop
UPC: 0098787061222
catalogNumber: 612
Rank: 116301

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosie Thomas   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Brian Thomas   Piano,Background Vocals
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Eric Fisher   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Sampling
Sara Wilson   Cello
Denison Witmer   Acoustic Guitar
Jason Staczek   Hammond Organ
James Mendenhall   Piano
Sam Beam   Vocals
Andy Myers   Drums
David Broecker   Bass
John Thomas   Background Vocals
Kevin Brace   Bass
T Town Choir   Choir, Chorus
Delores Thomas McMullen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Laurence Barrans   Vibes

Technical Credits

Michele Easton   drum sequencing
Eric Fisher   Producer,Engineer,Cover Design
Martin Feveyear   Producer,Engineer
Rosie Thomas   Composer,Producer
Andy Myers   Cover Design

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