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Red = Luck
1. All That Innocence
3. Cranes, The
5. Italian Shoes
7. Too Bad
9. Different World
11. Red = Luck
12. Inside Your Painting
13. St. Augustine
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79727
Tim Craven; Bette Warner; Ben Wittman
Personnel: Patty Larkin (vocals, guitar, lap steel, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, piano); Jonatha Brooke, Jennifer Kimball, Willy Porter (vocals); Duke Levine (electric guitar, guitorgan, mandolin); Marc Shulman, Tim Craven (electric guitar); Jeff Lang (slide guitar); Seamus Egan (mandolin, low flute); Winifred Horan (fiddle); Mike McAuley (button accordion); Willy Porter (thumb piano, background vocals); Gideon Freudmann, Richard Gates (bass); Ben Wittman (drums).
Producers: Patty Larkin, Bette Warner, Ben Wittman.
Recorded at Road Narrows Studio, Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
Personnel: Patty Larkin (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, piano, background vocals); Duke Levine (electric guitar, mandolin); John Benjamin Hickey, Tim Craven, Marc Shulman (electric guitar); Jeff Lang (slide guitar); Winifred Horan (fiddle); Gideon Freudmann (cello); Merrie Amsterburg (trumpet, background vocals); Michael Rivard (acoustic bass); Ben Wittman (drums, loops); Jennifer Kimball, Jonatha Brooke, Willy Porter (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mike Denneen.
Liner Note Author: Patty Larkin.
Recording information: 7th Avenue Productions, Brooklyn, NY; Road Narrows Studio, Wellfleet, MA.
Editor: Ben Wittman.
Photographer: Jana Leon.
This is a very tasteful album featuring midtempo and slow songs with observant, personal lyrics and a carefully blended combination of folk, pop, Celtic, and other influences. Larkin's vocals are emotive in a low-key way, her multi-instrumental skills are impressive, and the ace cast of supporting musicians include Ben Wittman on lap steel and Gideon Freudmann on cello. The songs tend to be wistful or bittersweet, the writing tends to be relatively subtle (with the unfortunate exception of the Statue of Liberty's "lily white hand" in "Birmingham," a misconceived song about urban poverty), and this album should appeal to fans of Larkin's previous work as well as newcomers who like folk-pop singer/songwriters. The music could have benefited from some fiery passion and a greater sense of spontaneity; even "Louder," the album-ending romp, sounds overly decorous. Nonetheless, it's a solid album overall. ~ Todd Kristel
Rolling Stone (2/20/03, p.64) - "...Evocative vocals, warm tunes and subtle sonic shading..."
Dirty Linen (06-07/03, pp.93-4) - "...With each new release, Patty Larkin's music becomes more difficult to pigeonhole, and RED = LUCK represents a confident and successful step into new territory..."
Yoga Journal (06/03, p.189) - "...A folk-pop album, one that gently tests boundaries and embodies a rousing spirit of contagious optimism..."p
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