Songbirds: The Essential Album

Songbirds: The Essential Album

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Songbirds: The Essential Album

Boasting on the cover that this features "the purest songs from the finest female singer/songwriters of our time," Songbirds falls very short of that claim but still manages to be a decent album. The first sign that the boast on the front is terribly wrong happens right away, on the very first track. Lene Marlin delivers a pretty pop song that remains in your head just long enough for Lisa Loeb's awesome "Stay (I Missed You)" and Sarah McLachlan's lush "Adia" to steamroll over it. Now considering the opening claim, one would think that every song would be as powerful as the other, but "Sitting Down Here" isn't exactly poetry when stacked against the next two songs. And why is Lene Marlin included when Ani DiFranco, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Merchant, Me'Shell Ndegéocello, and countless others aren't? There are a lot of worthy musicians on the two discs here, and such offbeat inclusions as Beth Orton and Rhonda Vincent are appreciated, but a ton of excellent musicians are missing from this who would have been great inclusions. On top of that, the music ranges from the early '70s until 2001, which would also open the floodgates for a hundred more excellent musicians who are more influential and important than Cara Dillon. To be fair, there isn't a bad song on this entire collection. All 31 songs are at least OK, and many of them are fantastic tracks. More importantly, every musician featured here is a talented or unique performer, including Marlin and Dillon. But the supposed "goal" of the album is ridiculous, and completely misleading to someone who might not know the rich history of women in the singer/songwriter vein. And despite whoever else is or isn't included, the absence of Carole King is absurd, considering she was the poster girl for female singer/songwriters in the '70s and helped change the idea of how women are viewed in popular music. This is a good album of acoustic songs that range from amazing to decent, but do not consider this some sort of be-all and end-all compilation of female songwriters. Consider it a document of one of the aspects of the genre, but by no means is this any more important than the Lilith Fair souvenir discs.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2002
Label: Manteca
UPC: 0698458220622
catalogNumber: 206

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rory Block   Track Performer
Rhonda Vincent   Track Performer
Nanci Griffith   Track Performer
Emmylou Harris   Track Performer
Joan Armatrading   Track Performer
Shawn Colvin   Track Performer
Kirsty MacColl   Track Performer
Sarah McLachlan   Track Performer
Lesley Duncan   Track Performer
Sharon Shannon   Track Performer
Lisa Loeb   Track Performer
Edie Brickell   Track Performer
Christine Collister   Track Performer
Maura O'Connell   Track Performer
Sinéad O'Connor   Track Performer
Kate Rusby   Track Performer
Waterson:Carthy   Track Performer
Beth Orton   Track Performer
Eva Cassidy   Track Performer
Lynn Miles   Track Performer
New Bohemians   Track Performer
Oh Susanna   Track Performer
Mary Gauthier   Track Performer
Lene Marlin   Track Performer
Jemima Price   Track Performer
Thea Gilmore   Track Performer
Cara Dillon   Track Performer
Moya Brennan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Martin Carthy   Arranger
Dónal Lunny   Producer
June Tabor   Arranger
Randy California   Composer
Jimmy Horowitz   Producer
Dave Peabody   Cover Photo
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Producer
Ronald K. Fierstein   Executive Producer
Béla Fleck   Producer
John Jennings   Producer
John Leventhal   Producer
Calum Malcolm   Producer
Pierre Marchand   Producer
Martin Smith   Producer
Harry Warren   Arranger
Eliza Carthy   Arranger,Composer
Michael Heatley   Liner Notes
Norma Waterson   Arranger
Bap Kennedy   Producer
Maurice Cassidy   Executive Producer
Jorgin Dahl   Producer
Hans G   Producer
OConnor   Producer
Reynolds   Producer
Nigel Stonier   Producer

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Songbirds [GRP] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a mix! This will be your favorite CD set of all times.