Scream & Whisper

Scream & Whisper

by Edwin McCain


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At this point in Edwin McCain's career, it's clear that he has no plans to deviate from the folk-pop aesthetic he's embraced since his debut, Honor Among Thieves, but instead will spend his time continuing to play the light, jangly music that dominated the light rock airwaves in the early to mid-'90s. With Scream & Whisper, McCain seems to focus lyrically on illustrating his fall from major-label status. His vague references to these apparently troublesome days come along in simple rhymes such as in the opening track, "Coming Down," where he states, "Your mom and dad have missed you and I'm sure your friends agree/There's no substitute of solitude and anonymity." Later in the song, McCain blows any chance of driving home the point he tries to reiterate in each of these label-story tracks -- which is his comfort and optimism in his new, less public life -- when he inexplicably changes from third person to first person and fishes for pity: "When I'm a million miles away, will no one even care?" The trouble with this is not that McCain might be experiencing conflict readjusting to a new pace, or that he feels slighted by the industry, but that it feels as though he's not being honest with the listener. He never taps the anger or hurt that seems to be dogging him, but instead relies on a series of clichés (plenty of references to the dazzling starry sky and burdensome locks and chains pepper the album), which he oddly addresses in the song "Say Anything" with the lyric, "It's not that the words aren't there but they'd only fail my emotions/Just want to feel this way without chaining you down to some old cliché."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Drt
UPC: 0828730040925
catalogNumber: 409
Rank: 91435

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Edwin McCain   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Larry Chaney   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Noel Golden   Keyboards
Dave Harrison   Percussion,Drums
Pete Riley   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Maia Sharp   Vocals
Craig Shields   Bass Clarinet,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Wind Controller
John Lancaster   Piano,Wurlitzer
Lee Hendricks   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Rod Stewart   Composer
Larry Chaney   Composer
Noel Golden   Producer,Engineer
Malcolm Pardon   Composer
Martin Quittenton   Composer
Pete Riley   Composer
Maia Sharp   Composer
Edwin McCain   Composer
Mark Dobson   Programming
John Briglevich   Engineer
Angie Aparo   Composer
Mike Froedge   Drum Technician
Scott Johnson   Art Direction
Christopher Wade Damerst   Programming
Paul O'Brien   Composer
Fredrik Rinman   Composer
Rodney Bursiel   Cover Photo
Phillip Ducker   Engineer

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Scream & Whisper 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Every Edwin McCain CD that comes out instantly becomes a permanent fixture in my CD player...and this one is NO exception! It's definitely well worth the money!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album by the Edwin McCain Band is incredible. On each album in the past Edwin and the band have had kind of a different overall sound for each one. On this album they provide such a different range of styles on the songs, but every song has one common denominator; they are all lyrically meaningful and soulfully and artistically done. Edwin has always had the ability to write and put together catchy songs, while still keeping them lyrically intelligent, and Scream & Whisper is no difference. The title comes from a line in the chorus of "Say Anything", but it's most fitting because a portion of the songs are jammin' with the full band, and the other portion is more stripped down with an acoustic feel. Track by track here's a summary... 1.Coming Down - This song is one of two on the cd that describes Edwin's escape from and victory over his depression and his abuse of smoking and alcohol. It's a great description of the up that he is on now and how he's back on track and happy with life, not to mention his friends and family who were worried about him. The sound goes back to the jam band sound of his earlier days. One of my favorite songs on the album easily. "I'm just coming down from this starry sky, I'm just glad to be here but most of all I'm thankful I'm alive..." 2.Shooting Stars - This is a very catchy song with a great message. It's not the material things that we need, but that love that we already have that we can share with each other that is the point. "Free your mind let your heart sing and just remember that they're only things..." 3.Throw It All Away - Having to face the reality of knowing that someone you care about is just going to throw it all away, not quite sure what it is referring too, but maybe that's the point, which makes it more universal. A slower, chill sound. 4.Say Anything (duet w/ Maia Sharp) - A really beautiful song, Edwin's first duet on an album with a female, and Maia has an incredible voice. A song about a man and a woman, and how she just wants to hear those words of how he feels, but it's hard for the man to describe his feelings to her. Very true to life. One of the best songs of the year, should be all over radio, already out now, request it. "Give me just one word, you can scream or whisper, if you want to stay with me tell me why, say anything..." 5.Turning Around - Another jamming song, the second of the two tracks on the album about Edwin turning his life around. "Said goodbye to ego and the shame, there's no use in hiding in that fame. 6.Couldn't Love You More - Forget "I'll Be". This may be Edwin's best ballad. Definitely his truest in my opinion. Straight to his wife about how much his love is real. "And they said I couldn't love you and that it would never last, he's just a crazy boy just look at his past, And they said I couldn't love you but that was just a lie, I couldn't love you more if I tried..." 7.Good Enough - Maybe the most meaningful song on the album. Written with black artist Tyrone Coleman, who actually played piano in a club but after he played had to leave because coloreds weren't allowed, even today. This songs speaks on that and pays tribute to the early black icons of rock & roll who had to fight racism to pave the way for others. "If I'm good enough to play then I'm good enough to stay in your heart..." 8.Farewell To Tinkerbell - Just a fun, fun song. A really fast paced song, but it actually ties in to Edwin's real life. Very clever songwriting, and Edwin's favorite track. "And I know there will be times that I will wish for fairy's dust, you know I've found a good woman and she's cleaning up the rust..." 9.How Can You Say That - A very beautiful song, real bluesy number, still trying to figure it out, a song that makes you think. "After all of those secrets you let me believe, there's no rose petal air there's just thorns when I bre
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin McCain is a wonderful singer. I started listening to his music about 5 years ago. I have seen him twice in concert and loved his show. I like his music because it has so much feeling. I especially love the new album. Say Anything is a beautiful song. I can't wait to hear more songs from him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Edwin McCain's first new music in three years and it's absolutly fantastic. With a new label backing him up he has a new freedom that you can hear in his music. His soulful sound and blues-y rhythm make this album a must have for anyone. This album is not only one for Edwin McCain fans but would make a wonderful addition to any cd collection. If you enjoy pop, rock , or blues Scream and Whisper has something for just about everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT ALBUM! Another great compilation of soulfilled rock. Another 4-5 songs that will be remembered for our generation. The album is a must HAVE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin's done it again! The songs are amazingly more touching than ever. "Good Enough", a story about a bar having a no colored people allowed sign up, yet, they still allow blacks to sing there, then kick them out! "Say Anything" is a beautiful duet which seems to me that it should be a wedding song! Maggie May, the bonus track is great! It sounds just as good as Rod Stewart but with Edwin's own style. This track really shows Edwin's voice talents are up there with the greats!
Guest More than 1 year ago
He did it again. Take one listen to this album amd edwin has laid it all out on the table. This is so pure and heart felt it is the best album ever from Ed and in my opinion possibly the best of 2004. In a time where music is full of kids and prefabricated stars Edwin showed us that there are still musicians who are true to there music and passionate about the songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether Edwin is singing a slow number or doing his famous note holding this cd has it all! A must hear is 'Maggie Mae' a remake from an old classic and 'Say Anything' a duet which will be at the top of the charts. I have never met a person that once they heard Edwin wasn't hooked if they gave him a chance. You must get this cd to find out what you have been missing all of this time. I promise you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the much anticipated new album from Edwin McCain and he did a FANTASTIC job! After switching to a new label, Edwin proves with Scream and Whisper that he still has what it takes. The songs are great. The title song is well preformed and includes a duet with Maia Sharp. This satisfied customer will definitely catch the next Edwin concert when he comes to Orlando. My recommendation is to get the album, listen to it, and go sing along at the concert. Great Job Edwin!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fairly new Edwin fan,and I just can't get enough. I love all of his CD's, but this one is his best effort so far. I did have the opportunity to see him perform live, and I have to say I will be a fan for life. He is a gracious and a very giving, talented performer. Buy this CD, you will enjoy every cut.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely! Although most who are familiar with Edwin's music will find this release a bit different from those in the past the music is still quite amazing. When you think of true singer/songwriters the good ones can always turn any experience or situation into words that make you understand, feel and simply experience the world how they were feeling it at the moment. Edwin McCain is one of the greats. This album from beginning to end is just that example. From the plight of illegal aliens in "White Crosses" to the struggle of letting go of a piece of you and moving on in "Fairwell to Tinkerbell", any of these songs is sure to make you feel and let you simply enjoy the music. He finishes off with a classic version of Maggie May which is a huge tour favorite. Two of my favorites are shooting stars and Good Enough, This CD is a definite must have! Get it and discover your favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The two words that best describe this album are honest and powerful. The song writing combination of Edwin and Pete Riley, who pens several of the songs, works wonderfully offering depth and lyrical honesty to the record. Each track is skillfully produced to focus on the wealth of talent the band offers. If there was any doubt that each of these musicians is a stand alone musician and some of the best in their respective fields, this album should easy dispel any lingering doubts. The songs are thankfully not overproduced and highlights the band as they are and their unique style. For a fan, this record promises to never disappoint. An equal mix of poignant ballads and high energy rock and roll, the tempo and flow of the album is wonderful and ends leaving the listener wanting more, eager to listen again and again. The lyrics which accompany are at times poignant and socially responsible, from the soulful White Crosses about the plight of Mexican Immigrants to Good Enough, referring to heartbreaking racism for black musicians. Edwin's voice reaches his fans and listeners with his clear, powerful singing and vivid lyrical imagery. Could Not Love You More is a soulful and touching ballad, sure to be of Could Not Ask For More fame. I still have chills listening to several songs on the record and after 6 albums this band is merely hitting their well worn stride. I hope everyone realizes this album is an honest portrayal of incredibly talented and wonderful artists. For old and new fans alike, this album touches, and will not disappoint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is by far the best by this group. I never knew how amazing his voice was until I saw him live less than a week ago. The album was just released and they were doing small gigs. What an amazing voice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one great album. as a die hard edwin fan, i was very impressed with it. first, it contains all new material; none had been previouisly realeased. being a die hard, i was super excited to see his remake of "maggie may". he has played this at concerts before so this was an extra bonus. the rest are all edwin & band material. the songs are both upbeat and fun (perfect for jamming with the car windows down during the summer) but also meaningful. it's as if edwin is in my head and putting words to some of the feelings i have felt. from love, to racism, to tinkerbell, edwin covers all issues. his words are human and heart-felt and the emotion in his voice conveys the messages perfectly. "say anything" has been realeased as the albums single so if this is the hook to get you to try edwin, go for it. you won't find any other true singer/songwriter in this day and age. (grrr on pop images) at this moment, say anything is my most favorite from this album, although i still have other favorites, my heart and soul are both touched by the words and music of this duet. edwin's songs MEAN something, and yet again he realeases an album that follows his true style. a big thank you to edwin mccain and band. got to have it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin McCain has outdone himself yet again! Just when you think he can't reach a higher rung on his ladder to success he releases another solid album. Reaching inside himself and singing songs that tell the story of who he is and who he's become McCain reaches his audience with honest sincerity. We all can find a piece of ourselves in at least one of McCain's songs. From singing about not letting material things run your life on "Shooting Stars" to "I'm Turning This Life Around", McCain bares his soul. This is a must listen for everyone no matter if you're a fan of rock or country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Edwin and crew refuse to rest on their laurels. I must admit that I was initially bummed about yet another lineup change, but upon listening to the cd, it's evident that it couldn't have been any other way. The sound on this project can best be described as "big". Each song is expertly crafted with each member contributing perfectly. Examining the songwriting credits, it is easy to see why their sound has changed. This is no Edwin solo project with a supporting band. Key contributions from Pete Riley and others show that this is truly a team effort. Another interesting point for those who have followed Edwin's carrer is the fact that the places he writes about(there's always a couple of songs about the places where he's been) have steadily broadened. From Charleston, to Hilton Head, to Savannah and New Orleans, all the way to California on the new album. I guess this is kind of metaphorical, directly reflecting Edwin's growth as a person, singer, songwriter, and musician.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin has always been my favorite artist and this album is no exception. I gave all my friends the Edwin challenge... Simply buy the CD and if it is not on your favoite list, I will pay you back. Needless to say, Noone has collected. Buy it, you'll like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin McCain is one of the greatest songwriters and story tellers of our time. This album simply proves that point all over again. A must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a edwin fan for YEARS now and Scream and Whisper is Edwin's best album yet. I got this CD this afternoon and already I'm in love with it. Usually it takes me a few days to warm up to a CD and figure out if it was worth my money but not with this one. I already love every song on the CD. I've even got my mom listening to it. If you like edwin mccain...even just a little bit...go out and get this CD. It's SO worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scream & Whisper has just been released today,06-22-04,I had to go to 3 places before I could find one in stock. There are 14 huges tracks, but my FAVORITE, by far is "Say Anything"! Many Thanks to Edwin for introducing me to Maia Sharp. She has a very powerfull and uplifting voice. If you haven't bought it yet. You don't know what you're missing!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD, Scream & Whisper, is categorically brilliant. Edwin McCain Band has out done their selves again. Edwin McCain is a fantastic storyteller, poet, and songwriter. His music has a mixture of sounds: jazz, soul, and rock. Edwin’s lyrics come from his heart and tell a meaningful message that is poetic and set masterfully to music. Of course this CD wouldn’t sound as it does without Larry Chaney, Craig Shields, Lee Hendricks, Dave Harrison, and Pete Riley. This CD is definitely a must have for any person who is not only an Edwin McCain fan but also a music lover in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes this young man does! Not only does Mr McCain have an awesome voice his writing skills have taken a little bit of a new direction thanks to bandmate Pete Riley. The first single off the CD is a duet with Maia Sharp who also co-wrote the song with McCain and Riley entitled "Say Anything" (say anything,save everything If we say nothing this love will die). "Couldn't Love You More" was co-wrote by McCain with bandmate Larry Chaney and is just a good old fashioned love song(and they said I couldn't love you but that was just a lie I couldn't love you more if I tried). "Shooting Stars" is another song off the CD that could make it to radio single status if given the chance(maybe this life is just about love and tenderness if all we are,are shooting stars). "Throw it all Away" is a great song written by bandmate Pete Riley with Malcolm Pardon, and Fredrik Rinman that seems to go in another musical direction than McCain is used too-kinda dark mood music(makes no difference what you say cause you can't hide it You're going to throw it all away) but it works and works well. There are 14 different songs on this CD and each one takes you on a different musical ride. You go from Neverland, "Farewell to Tinkerbell" (And the path that I follow will help me be a man) to the stark reality of prejudice in "Good Enough"(the mat on the door says welcome the sign on the door says NO no coloreds allowed unless you're playing in the show). Another bright spot on the CD has to be the bands cover of Rod Stewarts "Maggie May". It Rocks! Move over Rod there's another man in Maggie's life now and he wears it well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've been left out in the dark this past decade & overlooked this amazing artist, now is the time to get up & take notice! Edwin McCain is without a doubt the most under rated artist of our time. His new cd seems to be more autobiographical than previous releases & I gurantee his story won't disappoint! Do yourself a favor & pick up a copy today! From the catch Shooting Stars & Coming Down, to the statement that Good Enough makes and the love he yells from the rooftops in Couldn't Love You More...this is sure to be a favorite in your collection for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
edwin mccain never ceases to amaze me with his writing talents, and musical ability. he touches the heart and soul of a person, and moves them like no other.