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Water to Drink
     

Water to Drink

by Victoria Williams
 
On the typically eclectic Water to Drink, Louisiana-bred Victoria Williams draws on her southern folk roots to create vivid character tales such as "Grandma's Hat Pin," and lets her eye for quirky lyrical detail loose on the ramshackle "Junk." The artist's jazz interests come to the fore on the original "Claude," and on her heartfelt reading of the

Overview

On the typically eclectic Water to Drink, Louisiana-bred Victoria Williams draws on her southern folk roots to create vivid character tales such as "Grandma's Hat Pin," and lets her eye for quirky lyrical detail loose on the ramshackle "Junk." The artist's jazz interests come to the fore on the original "Claude," and on her heartfelt reading of the Sinatra-identified pop standard "Young At Heart. " Williams' relaxed vocal style is also well suited to the Brazilian-flavored, Antonio Carlos Jobim-penned "Water to Drink." Williams has been compared to Joni Mitchell for her intermingling of jazz and folk motifs; here, she further explores that combination, and the result is a musically and lyrically adventurous work that reveals new facets of this one-of-a-kind artist.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Williams is an innovative and adventurous songwriter and performer, but many find her folky antics and unique voice to be a bit much. Certainly Water to Drink, her first solo album since 1998's critically acclaimed Musings of a Creek Dipper, will add quite a few new souls to each camp. Here Williams stretches herself artistically and scores more than a few creative triumphs, but her personal mannerisms color their share of songs as well. The opening song swings along in somewhat self-indulgent ramblings about personal freedom, forgiveness, and her grandmother's hat pin, backed up by an instrumental soup of buzzy psychedelic guitars and Carole King-inspired piano. The result is a muddy mess that doesn't seem to go anywhere in particular. The rest of the album truly is a joy, however. The hippie vibe works better on "Joy of Love," where a breezy chorus seems more like a rallying cry than a repetitive drone. The title track "Water to Drink" is even better. An English version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Agua de Beber," the song allows Williams a fun vehicle for her vocal creativity. Here her voice seems more in its element, gaining a kind of Betty Boop coy sexiness instead of the croony qualities that seem to pervade elsewhere. Indeed, two of the other strongest performances on the album, on "Until the Real Thing Comes Along" and "Young at Heart," are standards, proving that Williams may be strongest when interpreting the songs of other people. Perhaps her lyrical quirkiness and eccentric tone and phrasing is a little too much all at once and the constraints of performing another composer's songs tone down the blur of her ideas, giving her space where she can spread out and share her immense talent.
Rolling Stone - Arion Berger
Both homespun and hymnlike, the songs on Water to Drink are the fullest expression yet of Williams’ cockeyed genius.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678336126
catalogNumber:
783361
Rank:
142312

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Performance Credits

Victoria Williams   Primary Artist,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Dumas   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Danny Frankel   Percussion,Drums
Don Heffington   Percussion,Bongos,Drums
J.C. Hopkins   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mandola
Barrett Martin   Drums,Marimbas
Mark Olson   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Phil Parlapiano   Mellotron
David Piltch   Bass,Upright Bass
David Resnik   Acoustic Guitar
John Convertino   Drums
Petra Haden   Violin,Background Vocals
Don Bonebrake   Vibes
Lee Thornberg   Trombone,Trumpet
John Christianson   Bass
Jon Birdsong   Cornet,Horn
Shannon McNally   Background Vocals
Carla Bagmerise   Background Vocals
Arleathia Dean   Background Vocals
Evelyn Moffett   Background Vocals
Dicky Simms   Organ,Piano
Brian Kane   Acoustic Guitar,Clarinet,Accordion,Bass Clarinet,Electric Guitar,Alto Saxophone,Guitar (Nylon String)
Michael Thompson   Piano,Trombone,Horn
Lee Alexander   Bass

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   String Arrangements
Victoria Williams   Producer,Art Direction
Michael Dumas   Engineer
J.C. Hopkins   Producer
Mark Olson   Engineer
Rafael Serrano   Engineer
Christina Dittmar   Art Direction
Charlie McGovern   Engineer
Seth Atkins Horan   Engineer

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