CD S&M Communion Bread * (CD 1094516),
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S&M Communion Bread *

  • 1. Up in Annie's Room
    2. Oh Well
    3. Old Watch, The
    4. Are You Ready?
    5. Town Square
    6. Walkin' With Travis
    7. Around the Back
    8. When I Walk Alone
    9. Go On from There
    10. I Don't Wanna Have to Run
    11. Old Gospel Ship, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 90006

  • Credits
    ProducerMark Stuart; Michael Webb; Michael Webb; Stacey Earle; Mark Stuart
    EngineerMichael Webb

    Personnel: Stacey Earle (vocals, acoustic guitar); Mark Stuart (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, harmonica, bass guitar, percussion); Michael Webb (accordion, piano, bass guitar); Patrick Earle (drums, percussion); Craig Wright (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Michael Webb.
    Liner Note Author: Mark Stuart .
    Recording information: Doublekick Ranch, Nashville, TN.
    Photographer: Robert Corwin .
    Unknown Contributor Role: Patrick Earle.
    Clearly a title like S&M Communion Bread by Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart is meant to raise eyebrows and perhaps incite a chuckle or two. But by the album's first song, "Up in Annie's Room," all the humor is gone. As visitors climb Annie's stairs all night and the chandeliers shake, the young narrator knows that something isn't quite right. The dark mood hardly lifts on "The Old Watch," a song that revolves around the gift of a watch by a friend who has left to fight in a war. This is an antiwar song, though in a very subtle way, and while it's not specifically aimed at the current U.S. war in Iraq, it isn't hard to infer the lyric's disapproval. In just a few songs, then, S&M Communion Bread paints a rather bleak portrait of the world, so it's something of a relief with Earle sings lead on "Are You Ready?," a somewhat melancholy lyric saved by nifty guitar work and a nice, jazzy riff. Both Earle and Stuart are fine lead singers (though she sings most of the leads), with her voice ranging from light to terse, and his more country. Together on the choruses, the pair creates a lovely blend that adds another emotional layer to each song. S&M Communion Bread ends with a true a cappella duet on the traditional "The Old Gospel Ship," a fitting end to an engaging, though occasionally dark, album. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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