by Paul Brill


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Paul Brill's second long-player leans more into chamber pop than his debut, Halve the Light, and while his nods to alt-country are fewer, they occasionally tumble out over beds of strings, horns, accordions, and inventive percussion. Opening with the aggressive caper, "Begin at the End," a fiddle erupts over an alternating bass, foot-stomps, and handclaps (or are they knee-slaps?) to foreshadow the dark intensity consistently revisited through the 11-track adventure. Tracks like "Barefoot in the Snow," "Favorite Thing," and "Westering" provide a platform for Brill's considerable pop awareness comparable to the likes of Michael Penn, Neil Finn, or even an acoustic Built to Spill. That is not to say Brill evokes identical characteristics as these artists. His vision merely flirts with similar melodic construction while maintaining an ambitiousness and confidence very much his own. Lyrically, Brill cleverly pours out imagery in tightly wound phrases, ardent and, at times, disturbing phrases that, like the musical nature of Sisters, seem toiled over and placed very carefully into a specific order for perfect consumption. Brill has pulled this off remarkably well; the production, instead of feeling overworked, is uninhibited and vigorous, and the subtlety of the arrangements unfolds with subsequent listening, proving the steadfast attention to detail that went into the creation of the encompassing ambience was a successfully clever venture.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2003
Label: Scarlet Shame Record
UPC: 0659057652825
catalogNumber: 6

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Brill   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Nancy Hess   Background Vocals,Voices
Brad Leali   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
James Zollar   Trumpet
Rob Burger   Accordion
Caroline Lyon   Flute
Adrian Romero   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Balalaika,Electric Guitar,Voices,Slide Guitar,Singing Bowls,Guitar (Tenor)
Liz Claire   Violin
Victoria Leavitt   Cello
Rick Morse   Pedal Steel Guitar
Stafford Hunter   Trombone
Oscar Stivala   Trumpet,Soloist
Jennifer Carey   Tuba
Giovanni Fusco   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Voices,Singing Bowls

Technical Credits

Chris Mars   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Composer
Bob Stinson   Composer
Tommy Stinson   Composer
Mary Ellen Mark   Cover Photo
Paul Brill   Composer,Producer
Adrian Romero   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Liz Claire   String Arrangements,Violin Arrangement
Victoria Leavitt   String Arrangements
Kelley King   Art Direction
Chris Keup   Producer
Giovanni Fusco   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement

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