The Little Garden

The Little Garden

by Erin Bode
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The Little Garden

Like Norah Jones, Erin Bode is a sweet-voiced singer with a jazz background and a healthy disregard for musical boundaries. Also like Jones, she gravitates towards quiet, gentle, straightforwardly melodic fare. On The Little Garden she continues her songwriting collaboration with bandmember and multi-instrumentalist Adam Maness, and the result is a bit more mixed than their previous work has been. It may be the deepening of their skill and their musical relationship, but their songs are getting more and more subtle as time goes on -- sometimes a bit too subtle. "New England Friends" is a charming and deeply felt song, but as it progresses you start to get the feeling that it's more about the words than the music (a tendency that we critics refer to as the Elvis Costello Disease); "Two" also feels a bit flat and uneventful, melodically speaking, and "Out of Time" spends way too much time on a two-chord vamp. But the rest of the album moves from strength to strength: "Sweater Song" is sad and heartrendingly lovely; "Sydney Come Down" rocks out gorgeously; "It's All Your Fault" is both witty and soulful, with a brilliant horn chart. And Bode's jazzy take on the Paul Simon song "Born at the Right Time" is a gem. Throughout the album, her voice is a complete joy, and redeems even the songs that are least interesting otherwise.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2008
Label: Native Language
UPC: 0014062097229
catalogNumber: 972

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erin Bode   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tony Guerrero   Flugelhorn
Derrek Phillips   Percussion,Drums
Melissa Dawn Brooks   Cello
Adam Maness   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Pipe organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Jonathan Vinocour   Viola
Gregory Page   Background Vocals
Derek Phillips   Percussion,Drums
Adam Moses   Guitar,Piano,Accordion,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Syd Rodway   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer
Joe Sherbanee   Executive Producer
Erin Bode   Composer
Chris Hobson   Engineer
Adam Maness   Composer
Jordan Tag   Engineer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Erin Bode and her band are the most interesting group to come around in a long time. With her interesting and beautiful voice, to Adam's keyboards and composing to Sid's guitar, this CD is outstanding! However, I have to admit, I think that Derrek Phillips drums and percussion are world class! During &quot Sydney, Don't Go&quot , the drum solo just brings you all the more into the music and makes you just want to be there and groove with it! This CD is an absolute joy and a &quot must have!&quot