Tiers and Other Stories

Tiers and Other Stories

by Richard X. Heyman


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Tiers and Other Stories

Tiers: And Other Stories is something of a departure for Richard X. Heyman. First, it is a two-CD set (the New York City-based singer/songwriter usually puts out single CDs). And second, it is a concept album
ock opera from someone who isn't known for concept albums or rock operas. But saying that Tiers: And Other Stories is something of a departure for Heyman is not to say that it is a radical departure from his previous output. The songs on this 2011 release tend to have a more theatrical quality than one usually expects from Heyman, but for all its ambition, Tiers is quite accessible. And there is never any doubt that Heyman is still a master of power pop and jangly guitar pop. So what is the concept? Tiers is an autobiographical effort that finds Heyman (who produced and arranged the double-disc set and wrote all of the songs) looking back on events in his life; the first disc, Tiers, focuses specifically on his relationship with his wife Nancy Leigh (whom he married in the late ''80s), while the second disc, And Other Stories, is more general. Some concept albums don't work very well unless one listens to them nonstop from start to finish, but that isn't the case with Tiers: And Other Stories. All of these songs, whether it is "There's a Train" or "Fire in the Country," or "Wild Souls," work well on their own, and as parts of a creatively successful concept album, but "Branded in the Sky," "Horizon," and "Game Stays the Same" (just to give a few examples) are great songs even if one listens to them without thinking about the overall concept. Thankfully, Heyman's ambition doesn't make him any less hooky or any less infectious on the excellent Tiers: And Other Stories.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2011
Label: Turn Up Records
UPC: 0820360145926
catalogNumber: 6
Rank: 188666

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard X. Heyman   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bongos,Drums,Harmonium,Harpsichord,Marimbas,Tabla,Tambourine,Triangle,Vocals,Xylophone,Timpani,Mellotron,Vibes,Guira,Shaker,Tubular Bells,Doumbek
Deni Bonet   Violin,Viola
Florence Davis   Flute
Howard Roberts   Clarinet,Saxophone
Sherman Glasgow   Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba,French Horn
Prentice Jenkins   Cello
Clarence Harris   Bassoon,Oboe

Technical Credits

Richard X. Heyman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Nancy Leigh   Engineer
Sergio Sandino   Graphic Design
Eric Elterman   Drum Engineering
Jill Stasium   Artwork

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