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Villanelle [Digipak]

  • 1. Winter Birds
    2. Big Not Small
    3. Villanelle
    4. Luck in Love
    5. Waves
    6. So Long. Thank You. Goodbye.
    7. Round This Time of Year
    8. Five Silver Dollars
    9. Six Was the Six
    10. Hook's in the Water
    11. Blue Eventide
    12. Stone of Indigo
    13. Burning Fuse
    14. Dog Catcher
    15. Some Afternoon Alone
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25

  • Credits
    ProducerColin Linden; Colin Linden
    EngineerColin Linden; John Whynot; Colin Linden; John Whynot

    Personnel: Paul Reddick (vocals, harmonica, loops); Paul Reddick; Colin Linden (guitar, mandolin, bass instrument, background vocals); Kathleen Edwards (violin); Larry Taylor , John Dymond (bass instrument); Stephen Hodges (drums, percussion); Richard Bell (piano, organ); Gary Craig (drums, percussion); Bryan Owings (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Colin Linden.
    Recording information: Deep Field Studio (2004); Pinhead Recorders (2004); Reaction Studios (2004); The Paramour, L.A., CA (2004); Universal Studio, Nashville, TN (2004).
    Reddick is a talent with a unique vision of the blues. He loves the raw, acoustic, pre-war sounds and makes them the focus of his music. But rather than attempt any slavish copy of the style, he -- along with producer/guitarist Colin Linden, who deserves as much praise as Reddick, being an integral part of the sound -- comes up with an individual take on it, which can range from the soft gospel of "Five Silver Dollars" to "Winter Birds" with its nagging riff and wonderful mix of acoustic and dirty electric guitars. At its best, like with the title cut or "Stones of Indigo," this proves to be a remarkably inventive album, taking clichs of the genre and turning them upside down. And if this was as far as it went, it would be more than adequate. But Reddick's lyrics, influenced by a wealth of poets, are pure gold, literate and mesmerizing, while still falling very much within a blues format. He's also a formidable harmonica player, although he uses it sparingly -- a word that describes much of the disc. Linden injects plenty of space into the proceedings throughout, letting the songs breathe. While the scratchy pre-war sound that's used at times might seem like a gimmick, it actually creates an atmosphere that permeates the entire record, and quite justly. An excellent, and very original, piece of work. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.85) - "His gritty style of pre-war blues is both original and intelligent, and Linden's production is flawless, as usual."
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