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Deconstruction [Meredith Brooks] [CD] [1 disc]
2. Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
3. I Have Everything
4. Cosmic Woo Woo
5. Nobody's Home
6. All for Nothing
7. I Said It
8. Back To Eden
9. Bored With Myself
10. Careful What You Wish For
11. Sin City
12. Back to Nowhere
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 56207
David Darling; Dave Darling; Meredith Brooks; Paul Fox
Jeff Tomei; John Bogosian; Tom Weir; Brian Reeves
This is an Enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Meredith Brooks (vocals, guitar); Queen Latifah (vocals); Paul Trudeau (piano, keyboards); David Darling, Arlen Shirebaum, Michael Parnell (keyboards); Mark Meadows, Davey Faragher (bass); Rob Ladd, Denny Fongheiser (drums); Crenshaw High School Choir (background vocals).
Personnel: Meredith Brooks (vocals, guitar); Paul Trudeau (piano, keyboards); Michael Parnell (keyboards); Denny Fongheiser, Denny Fangheiser, Matt Laug, Rob Ladd (drums); Dave Darling (percussion, programming).
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Matt Silva; Mark Needham; Steve Genewick.
Recording information: Cherokee studios; House Of Blues West; The Shithouse; Weir Recording.
Photographer: Dana Tynan.
Oregon native Meredith Brooks returns with the follow-up to her 1997 smash release Blurring the Edges with Deconstruction. This time working with producer Dave Darling, Brooks delivers another pleasant if somewhat derivative helping of adult rock but fails to come up with anything that is likely to command the heavy airplay of "Bitch." Deconstruction leads off with "Shout," a slice of noise-pop that sounds a bit like the Breeders, before she tackles a cover of Melanie's Woodstock-era anthem "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)." It's a punchy version that benefits from an appearance by Queen Latifah who adds some updated lyrics. The rest of Deconstruction ranges from the Sheryl Crow-like "I Have Everything" to the goofy fun of "Cosmic Woo Woo." The best tracks are the acoustic-tinged tale of a neglected, abused child on "Nobody's Home" and the mid-tempo pop hooks of "I Said." Melodic, but there's nothing on Deconstruction that builds on her last record or is apt to sustain interest from the audience gained from "Bitch." [The CD was also released with a bonus track.] ~ Tom Demalon
Q (4/00, p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Hugely accessible, brimming with character and topped off by a crystal clear voice."
Mojo (Publisher) (4/00, p.103) - "...It's mainly hard-boiled gear throughout, albeit of melodic, stuffed-with-hooks format, with an eye on a single that might emulate the blockbusting Bitch in terms of sales..."
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