Yelling at Mary [Dualtone Bonus Tracks]

Yelling at Mary [Dualtone Bonus Tracks]

by Mary Karlzen

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Yelling at Mary [Dualtone Bonus Tracks]

Mary Karlzen's voice is an acquired taste. It's thin and girlish, and the singer/songwriter often sounds shrill. But her voice has a way of growing on you -- the more one listens to Yelling at Mary, the more one realizes that she does have a certain charm. Karlzen wrote most of the songs on this CD, which favors an earthy and rootsy approach to pop
ock, Americana and folk-rock. Karlzen's voice might be overly cutesy at times, but her lyrics show her to be a substantial storyteller. The evocative "St. James Hotel" vividly paints a picture of the Old West and an American town near the Mexican border, while "Dimestore Life" finds a small-town teen-ager longing to travel and see more of the world -- only to end up going back home at 31 with a newfound appreciation of the town she once found boring. Like Bruce Springsteen, Karlzen has a knack for embracing songs that equate traveling or hitting the road with improving your life -- "Anywhere Is Better Than Here" and "Another Town, Another Place" find her trying to cope with heartbreak by leaving town. This isn't to say that Karlzen is in a class with Springsteen, only that she uses his influence to her advantage. Not magnificent but certainly enjoyable, Yelling at Mary is worth acquiring if you're a fan of Americana and roots rock. [This edition contains bonus tracks and an additional DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Dualtone Music Group
UPC: 0803020123526
catalogNumber: 1235

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Karlzen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jackson Browne   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Benmont Tench   Piano,Hammond Organ
Luis Conte   Percussion
Bob Glaub   Bass
Mark Goldenberg   Electric Guitar,Hi String
David Hidalgo   Accordion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Greg Leisz   Mandolin
Raul Malo   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Derek Murphy   Drums
Froilan Sossa   Acoustic Guitar
Scott Thurston   Background Vocals
Kay Hanley   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Andrew Hyra   Background Vocals
Jose Tillán   Bass

Technical Credits

Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Mary Karlzen   Composer,Producer
Jorge Barcala   Producer
Eddie Miller   Engineer
Mark Scandariato   Composer

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