Presenting the Great Unknowns

Presenting the Great Unknowns

by The Great Unknowns


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Although the Great Unknowns are billed as a band, lead singer/songwriter Becky Warren's influence dominates this debut to the extent that it could just as well have been a solo outing. Although nearly all the music is co-written by guitarist Michael Palmer, Warren's presence is so strong -- and her voice so dominant in the mix -- that the rest of the group seems like window dressing. Since the album is consistently enjoyable and professionally written, though, that's not necessarily a problem. Warren's voice combines the earthy, Southern twang of Lucinda Williams -- especially on "Forever," a tune that even fans might think is a lost Williams side -- with a jazzy, Rickie Lee Jones-style croon. The songs don't stray outside of the strummy Americana genre, but they are consistently well composed and performed, making the disc sound vibrant and alive on the first spin. Recorded in "a dingy dormitory-basement studio," the tapes found their way to Daemon owner/Indigo Girl Amy Ray's ears. She released it as is, which gives the sound a rough but honest core. It's a relaxed, unhurried set, in part due to the low-key way in which it was recorded. The tunes are mostly about leaving a relationship or a city or a state of life, looking for a better future "over the great divide." Warren's voice and lyrics perfectly flow together, conveying longing and hope with a sense of tough pride. All the emotions converge on the stunning "Deliver Me Home," a track that builds from a lone desolate acoustic guitar to a forceful ballad with full-band accompaniment as Warren's voice transforms from softly forlorn to powerfully insistent. It's the highlight of a terrific debut that shows tremendous potential from Becky Warren, regardless of who backs her up.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2004
Label: Daemon Records
UPC: 0767691904627
catalogNumber: 19046
Rank: 182487

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Great Unknowns   Primary Artist
Michael Palmer   Guitar
Rose Polenzani   Background Vocals
Noam Weinstein   Background Vocals
Pierce Woodward   Banjo
Andy Eggers   Mandolin,Drums,Background Vocals
Altay Guvench   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Gian Pangaro   Dobro
Whitney Retallic   Background Vocals
Scott Roy   Banjo,Accordion,Background Vocals
Judy Scott Clayton   Background Vocals
Becky Warren   Vocals,Group Member
Tyler Wood   Organ
Michael Palmer   Guitar,Group Member
Andy Eggers   Drums
Tim Blane   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Great Unknowns   Producer,Audio Production
Altay Guvench   Engineer
Becky Warren   Composer,Graphic Design
Tyler Wood   Engineer
Michael Palmer   Composer

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Presenting the Great Unknowns 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great sound for the "Great Unknowns." Very easy to listen to; sort of bluesy/country sound with dancing/toe-tapping rhythm. My favorite is "Don't Come Home." The female vocal is a combination of Melissa Ethridge and Bonnie Raitt. With these songs, music, and lyrics - these kids are going places. This combination of songs is going to make the Great Unknowns - well known very shortly!