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Blue Days Black Nights
1. Underwater Life
2. Farthest Lights, The
3. While I Wait for You
4. Pretend It's Summer
5. Changed Your Mind
6. Caught as You Look Away
7. Moving on a Holiday
8. Until the Sun Comes Back Again
9. Depending on the Night
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 62263
Roger Moutenot; T-Bone Burnett
Personnel: Freedy Johnston (vocals, guitar, piano); Cameron Greider (guitar, tack piano, background vocals); Mark Spencer (lap steel guitar); Rob Thomas, Robyn Lorentz (violin); Rufus Capodoccia, Stephanie Fife (cello); Roy Nathanson (saxophone); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Roger Moutenot (piano); Doug Petty (keyboards); Andy Hess (bass); Jim Keltner, Rich Pagano (drums); Suzzy Roche (background vocals).
Engineers include: Roger Moutenot, Tom Shick, Steve Rosenthal.
Personnel: Freedy Johnston (vocals, guitar, piano); Cameron Greider (guitar, tack piano, background vocals); Mark Spencer (steel guitar); Robert Thomas (violin); Stefanie Fife (cello); Roy Nathanson (saxophone); Roger Moutenot (piano); Doug Petty (keyboards); Jim Keltner, Richard Pagano (drums); Suzzy Roche (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ed Thacker; Kevin Salem; Mike Piersante; Roger Moutenot; T-Bone Burnett.
Recording information: Dreamland; Greene St; ocean way; Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY; Tape Kitchen; The Magic Shop, New York, NY; Village Recorder.
Photographer: Ken Schles.
You may think that the pairing of Freedy Johnston's songs with T- Bone Burnett's production skills is a marriage made in heaven. And you'd be right. This is probably the most unaffected and natural sounding of any of Freedy's previous discs. But those awaiting the return of the adrenaline thrill ride of "After My Shocks" or "Nature Boy" (from his stunning debut, THE TROUBLE TREE) will have to look elsewhere. The old rock 'n' roll devil seems to have been exorcised. However, he is still possessed by a blue spirit. And he still retains his gift for telling a story by describing the barest silhouette of detail. And his voice has never sounded more lovely or relaxed. It's a perfect vehicle for his tales of the lost and lonely.
Rolling Stone (8/19/99, p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...his finest bag of tunes since the 1992 cult classic CAN YOU FLY...[earning] it with plush, morose ballads..."
Spin (10/99, p.153) - 6 out of 10 - "...an insinuating downer, its cool sound lulling the listner like drugged iced tea....when he's on, he's spewing sweet venom in a tenor that's matured from a yelp into a graceful croon, he can still find new ways to be beautifully bleak..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/20-27/99, p.128) - "Sometimes a clear, quiet voice can be more moving than even the most passionate belting. And sometimes it's just boring. Johnston's toothless vocals have always fallen somehwere in between, and his tastefully tame fifth album is no exception..." - Rating: B
Q (11/99, p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...radiates a magnetic field of melancholy. The sweetness at the surface of his best tunes...veils a heart of darkness..."
Alternative Press (10/99, p.94) - 4 out of 5 - "...unabashedly plays up his own idiosyncrasies, emphasizing his naturally whiny voice and slowing the album's tempo to a languid crawl....Johnston sounds like an artist just hitting his stride..."
Magnet (8-9/99, pp.76-7) - "...[explores] the different phases and facets of heartbreak....BLUE DAYS is a worthy addition ot the Johnston canon; just keep him away from sharp objects in the room."
CMJ (7/19/99, p.24) - "...burnished, laid-back effort....you'll have your heart broken....Johnson deserves all the hype that's heaped upon him."
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