Stand Still, Look Pretty [CD/DVD]

Stand Still, Look Pretty [CD/DVD]

by The Wreckers
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Stand Still, Look Pretty [CD/DVD]

Working with her friend Jessica Harp, a country singer, Michelle Branch has revitalized herself and her music with the Wreckers' debut album. Delayed nearly a year while Branch and Harp submitted to a marketing tour with stars of the TV show One Tree Hill, their debut has too much weight for the teen-angst set. The country-tinged Stand Still, Look Pretty is brimming with passion, chock full of beautifully crafted songs, captivating vocals, and tight musicianship. Sheryl Crow is an obvious influence in sound and style, but Branch has an original voice as a writer, and it cries out loud and clear on these intense ruminations on love, heartbreak, and the search for some inner peace. The rich, surging, Dylan-like ambiance of "Tennessee," with a warm, rumbling organ underpinning the guitar-fired arrangement, is the ideal complement to a complicated tale of lost love and its accompanying melancholy. With banjo, fiddle, organ, and electric guitar lines snaking around each other, and the drums clattering on the bottom, "My Oh My" is a rowdy epiphany about enormous changes coming down in the blink of an eye. Stark and foreboding, with surging choruses and the steady moan of a pedal steel throughout, the title track features Branch in a breathy, Kasey Chambers kinda voice, clearly having a bad day being herself. "I am slowly falling apart," she cries in what becomes an unsettling exercise in self-flagellation. In your face all the way, Branch and Harp are a formidable tandem.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2006
Label: Maverick
UPC: 0093624427223
catalogNumber: 44272

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wreckers   Primary Artist
Sid Page   Fiddle
Larry Campbell   Fiddle
Charley Drayton   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Audley Freed   Electric Guitar
John Leventhal   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Keyboards
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Biff Watson   national steel guitar
Paul Worley   Electric Guitar
RIck DePofi   Percussion,Horn,Keyboards
Michael Rojas   Hammond Organ
John Shanks   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards
Randy Kohrs   Dobro
Craig Young   Bass
Richard Pagano   Drums
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Michelle Branch   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Harmony,Group Member
Jessica Harp   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Harmony,Group Member

Technical Credits

Patty Griffin   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Josh Leo   Composer
John Leventhal   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Gavin MacKillop   Producer
Paul Worley   Producer
RIck DePofi   Producer,Engineer
Lars Fox   Engineer
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
John Shanks   Producer
Michael Muller   Cover Photo
Bill Austin   Composer
Michelle Branch   Composer,Producer
Jennifer Hanson   Composer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Jessica Harp   Composer

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Stand Still, Look Pretty 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked the wreckers first cd. I liked Branch's previous albums and was worried that this change in genre would sound horrible but I listened to it and found that it had good lyrics and a great beat. I personally preferred "Stand Still, Look Pretty" and "Tennessee" as well as the obvious hits "Leave the Pieces" and "The Good Kind."
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is yet another in a long string of drab and bland pop trying to pass itself off as country in an attempt to sell music that could never be marketed as pop because its too boring. If you are looking for some good country, pass this one by.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great cd! I love just about every song on this album, especially #7, "Cigarettes." Michelle Branch was great before, but even better with the Wreckers! Go get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect in every way. No weak link in the bunch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album by Jessica Harp and Michelle Branch is amazing. Their harmonies and songwriting skills cannot be outdone. They let you know exactly what's on their mind in each song, from emotional songs like Stand Still, Look Pretty to the goofy Crazy People. This is the best album of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I swear some of these lyrics were based on my life. I love every song on this CD and it has not left my CD player since the day I bought it. I was very impressed the Michelle and Jess wrote the majority of the songs themselves. A must buy!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These girls know what they are doing! Beautiful voices! My oh My is amazing!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this CD! IT is amazing and you can replay it so many times! Michelle Branch has never ceased to amaze. With Jessica Harp's collaboration this country CD is definitely a must have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp have collaborated to create the greatest album of the year. Their voices blend together so well you can rarely tell who is singing. You will love this album if you like country, pop, rock, bluegrass, acoustic, singer-songwriters, and everything in between. If you have been a Michelle Branch fan before - this is just the next step in her career, and a graduated version of the songwriting she did on Hotel Paper. And if you've never heard of Jessica Harp, then you're in for a treat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wreckers' debut album Stand Still, Look Pretty is one of the greatest albums to come out in a long time. Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp are truly terrific together. From the very well written lyrics to the great guitar playing, there isn't a minute of this CD not to love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE best album I've ever heard!!!!!This is a sophisticated mix of country, pop, and rock, that I would recommend to anyone. A lot of tracks sound like Michelle Branch's solo stuff, but there are stil SEVERAL that would be right at home on any country music station. THIS ALBUM ROCKS, GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp make a good team. Michelle Branch was pretty good before, but now she's even better. Even though i don't like country very much, they did a good job of making it not too country. I espicially liked Cigaretts, Leave The Pieces, Way Back Home, and Rain. This is the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is amazing. The wreckers are fantastic. They couldn't of done a better job on this cd! They defintly know what they're doing. Michelle Branch is way better country. I DIDN'T like her in pop, but she's good now! My favorite songs are leave the pieces, Tennessee, my oh my, and crazy people. The other ones are good too. I defintly recommend this cd so you need to go buy it now if you haven't!! You WON'T regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
David McGee's "Barnes and Noble" review pretty much sums up the album. Pretty voices, edgy lyrics, not too country/not too pop. One of those CD's you can play the whole way though without skipping songs. Worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the Video for "Leave the Pieces" on CMT and this tweaked my interest. I have followed Michelle Branch for some time and this indeed seems her niche. This is a good balance of vocals and music. Excellent song writing...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jessica Harp and Michelle Branch and the rest of The Wreckers(songwriters, session/guest musicians, et al) transcend. One of the best debut by a group!! What more can anyone say after the music stops? More! More! More!
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