The Beauty of the Rain

The Beauty of the Rain

by Dar Williams
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Overview

The Beauty of the Rain

Reflecting on this album, singer-songwriter Dar Williams has said, "The Beauty of the Rain is more tied to an urban landscape. It takes on smaller conversations." If her lyrical scope may be more confined, while no less incisive, William’s musical vision has nonetheless expanded. Here, the acclaimed performer is joined by a host of A-list guests including Alison Krauss, banjo player Bela Fleck, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, keyboardist John Medeski, and trumpeter Chris Botti. Their input brilliantly expands the tonal colors of Williams’s finely wrought songs. As Williams put it, "It can be a little lonely sometimes being a girl with a guitar. I wanted to reach out into the world and see what else was going on." Chronicling her move from Massachusetts to New York, The Beauty of the Rain displays the pinpoint perceptions and intimate reflections that have come to characterize Williams’s writing at its best. And while her vocal beauty is by now a given, the personal nature of these songs brings an even greater depth to her singing. (Equally affecting is Williams’s rendition of the Band’s “Whispering Pines.”) Now a decade into her recording career, Williams keeps reaching new peaks.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
Label: Silverline
UPC: 0676628822791
catalogNumber: 288227

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dar Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Cliff Eberhardt   Vocals
Eric Bazilian   Guitar,Mandolin
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Steve Holley   Drums
Rob Hyman   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Melodica,Wurlitzer,Reed Organ
Stewart Lerman   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
David Mansfield   Violin
John Medeski   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Sammy Merendino   Drums
John Popper   Harmonica,Vocals
Steuart Smith   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Hammond Organ,12-string Guitar,E-bow
William Wittman   Bass
Carol Steele   Percussion
Stefan Lessard   Bass
Paul Sokolow   Bass
Michael Kang   Violin

Technical Credits

Steve Addabbo   Engineer
Ronald K. Fierstein   Executive Producer
Rob Hyman   Producer
Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Will Schillinger   Engineer
William Wittman   Engineer
Chris Kress   Engineer
Richard Battaglia   Engineer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer

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The Beauty of the Rain 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't belive how good this cd is. I just can't. I had never heard of this singer but when i was at Barnes & Noble I heard them play this song as In-Store play and that was it, I had to go buy this cd. I REALLY think that this is one of the best CDs in a real long time. Thanks Dar for a great CD and thanks Barnes & Noble for intrducing it to me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dar is in love and happy, so I was expecting an ewey gooey fresh and fruity new album. After viewing the track list - "Farewell To The Old Me" - I found myself fearful. Fearful we would find an album dedicated to an explanation of Dar's seemingly meaningless journey through life until¿love. I was bracing myself for the worst - was our Flinty Kind Of Woman gone? Would Dar now be more prone to be afraid of women? Would our superhero move to Connecticut, buy a Volvo, and forget all about the hills of Iowa? My anxiety boiled down to one very simple, yet most important question¿how was Dar's marriage going to impact us - the fans. Hold onto to your birks all ye apprehensive Ani fans - Dar William's The Beauty of the Rain is a delight. Dar's latest release is another glimpse into this brilliant songwriter's imagination. Though her profoundly personal reflections permeate The Beauty of the Rain, Dar's beloved wit (The World's Not Falling Apart) and whimsical musings (Fishing in the Morning) are ever-present. A well-rounded, thoughtful, enchanting effort from one of our most skillful songwriters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A comeback from the lovely but not exactly coherent "Green World," which is referred to around my house as Dar's drug album, Rain is a return to normalcy with the kind of growth I expect from such a gifted songwriter. Although it does seem like all my favorite lesbian singer-songwriters are getting married, it seems only to have helped Dar - the music is more polished than End of the Summer, and the lyrics are just as moving. In particular the stellar "Mercy of the Fallen" draws one in as soon as the CD starts playing. Normally any new album takes a few run-throughs to start to grow on you, but this track is too gorgeous and emotional to possibly sound mediocre on first hearing. The whole album has really hit the right balance between the "what the heck is she talking about?" quality of Green World and the near-prose, no-analogy setup of Honesty Room; this is poetry, set to some of the most beautiful melodies I've heard in years. Instantly addictive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth purchasing! It's been in the car CD player non-stop since I saw her in-store performance last weekend in Rosemont, PA. Dar has A-list collaborators on this new CD which add to the beauty! Once again Dar's lyrics steal the show as she weaves a tail with words and notes that transport you to her world. As a singer/song writer I think of Joan Baez or Carly Simon. You can tell that Dar just loves to sing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've listened to Dar for quite some time now, and I always find her music enlightening and endearing. While I typically am a bigger fan of just her and her guitar, the musicians she chose to collaborate with on this album are all amazing, and they compliment Dar's lovely voice and fantastic guitar playing nicely. I would highly recommend this album along with any other Dar Williams.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Dar Williams fan for more than 10 years and have seen Ms. Williams in concert 9-10 times.My review of this album is not very good, the only stand out song on this cd is "The Mercy of the Fallen" other than that the lyrics on most of these songs are in my view very poor.In 8 of the 11 songs on this cd the lyrics are not deep,funny,interesting.Also, this album is more pop flavored then a folk album which is very sad.After reading the lyrics in the liner notes section, I found printed song lyric mistakes in almost every song on this cd. I find it very sad when a singer/songwriter does'nt even review the song lyrics printed in a cd before it is released.If you want to listen to a great cd try Amy Grants cd "Behind the Eyes" this cd has some great songs,lyrics ect.I'm surprised that Ms.Williams is pushing herself into the pop world, and that even Amy Grant can write more insightful lyrics. I hope Dar Williams returns to the folk world where she belongs!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was shopping in a music store and they were playing this CD. The few songs I heard I really liked, so I threw it in the basket, too. I had never heard of Dar, but I was intrigued when I listened to her music. I am probably a bit more mainstream than most of her fans, but I am going to venture out and get another of her CDs. I like the grooviness of these songs. I especially like her "Fire, Soul" song. Kinda spunky. I think I could pop Dar into the CD player, push "repeat," and just chill out for hours on end, without getting sick of her. I'm glad I risked the $16.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the past, Dar has been a favorite of College/Indie radio listeners. With Beauty of the Rain, she has finally found a more mainstream sound, featuring cameos by John Popper and Bela Fleck, among others. While her fans of old may prefer her less mainstream work, like my personal favorite "Mortal City," there is no denying she has created a record which has the capacity to reach a greater audience through redio play. "I Saw a Bird Fly," which features Popper's soaring harmonica, is a memorable, catchy tune rife with Dar's gently evocative imagery and a vaguely wistful message. The title track, based on overheard conversation in NYC one rainy day, is mournful yet optimistic, like so much of her music, and speaks yearningly to something common in the human experience, but impossible for so many of us to name. Dar's gentle, smoky voice gives words to what so many people experience, and given enough radio attention, this album may be the trigger to gain this talented songwriter the exposure she deserves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful offering from Dar Williams. The songs that are my favorites, that make me lift my head up and smile no matter where I am, are "The Mercy of the Fallen" and "I Saw a Bird Fly Away". The one that brings tears to my eyes is "The One Who Knows". The CD is so good, I wish it were longer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An exceptional collection of fresh songs with a fresh feel. The music continues to be both warm and provocative with stories and ideas that touch you deep inside. The all star cast of musicians collaborate with Dar and her production team to produce an excellent performance and recording. I only wish there was more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dar is in love and happy, so I was expecting an ewey gooey fresh and fruity new album. After viewing the track list ¿ ¿Farewell To The Old Me¿ ¿ I found myself fearful. Fearful we would find an album dedicated to an explanation of Dar¿s seemingly meaningless journey through life until¿love. I was bracing myself for the worst ¿ was our Flinty Kind Of Woman gone? Would Dar now be more prone to be afraid of women? Would our superhero move to Connecticut, buy a Volvo, and forget all about the hills of Iowa? My anxiety boiled down to one very simple, yet most important question¿how was Dar¿s marriage going to impact us ¿ the fans. Hold onto to your birks all ye apprehensive Ani fans - Dar William¿s The Beauty of the Rain is a delight. Dar¿s latest release is another glimpse into this brilliant songwriter¿s imagination. Though her profoundly personal reflections permeate The Beauty of the Rain, Dar¿s beloved wit (The World¿s Not Falling Apart) and whimsical musings (Fishing in the Morning) are ever-present. A well-rounded, thoughtful, enchanting effort from one of our most skillful songwriters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago