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Oh Tall Tree in the Ear

  • 1. Eden Was a Garden
    2. One More Road
    3. Why Modern Radio Is A-OK
    4. They Say
    5. Big Light
    6. Sonnet 46
    7. Heartbeat, A
    8. Woke Up This Morning
    9. I Was a Fool
    10. Starting from Scratch
    11. Early Aubade
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3700093

  • Credits
    ProducerJason Lehning; Jason Lehning
    EngineerChris Stamey; Kyle Ford; Rob Clark; Jordan Lehning; Jason Lehning

    Personnel: Jordan Lehning (guitar, mandolin, Mellotron, Theremin); Jason Lehning (guitar, horns); Justin Saunders (cello).
    Audio Mixer: Jason Lehning.
    Recording information: I Heard You Do Studio, Nashville, TN; Masterlink, Nashville, TN; Modern Recording, Chapel Hill, NC; The Compound, Nashville, TN; Triple Cove Studios, Wilkesboro, NC.
    Editor: Kyle Ford.
    Photographers: Timshel Matheny; David McClister.
    Translator: Stephen Michell.
    Arranger: Jason Lehning.
    The Matheny family from Chapel Hill offer another album of power-pop infused alternative country songs with OH TALL TREE IN THE EAR. As on their previous releases, Skip Matheny sings passionately about romance, heartbreak, and life on the road while his wife Timshel riffs away on guitar and brother Longan attacks or cuddles the drums as appropriate. Obvious influences the dB's, Van Morrison, and Big Star inform most of the album's eleven songs. Chris Stamey returns to co-produce with Jason Lehning, and the result is a bright, bold and somewhat epic concoction that too frequently drowns out the vocals making the lyrics a little hard to grasp. The first half of the album greatly outpaces the somewhat lazy-feeling second half, with openers "Eden Was a Garden" and "One More Road" setting a standard that isn't really met again until the Phil Spector production-style closer "Early Aubade." That's not to say Roman Candle or genre fans won't appreciate the second half of the album, but there's almost a sense it could have benefited from being broken into two decent EPs with the lesser songs removed. That being said OH TALL TREE IN THE EAR is a sometimes exhilarating, often winning slice-of-life affair in the best tradition of catchy alt-country. It might not be a classic, but there's a sense Roman Candle are capable of crafting one.

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