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1. Hard Times (Come Again No More)
5. You Dance
6. So Are You to Me
7. Show Me the River
8. Rain Come Down
9. Still Running
10. All the Stars
12. Too Soon
13. Ballad of Young Alban and Amandy, The
14. Mark's Song
15. On Your Way
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 450418
Peter Bradley Adams; Peter Adams; Mitchell Froom; Tim Gordine
Eastmountainsouth: Peter Adams (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic guitar, piano, Moog, Wurlitzer piano, harmonium, glockenspiel); Kat Maslich (vocals, acoustic guitar).
Additional personnel includes: Bernie Locker (acoustic guitar); Greg Leisz (electric guitar, high-string electric guitar, tenor guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, mandola); Val McCallum (electric guitar, bouzouki); Shane Fontayne (electric guitar); Bem Peeler (lap steel); Herb Pederson (banjo); Gabe Witcher (fiddle); David Boucher (bass clarinet); Mitchell Froom (keyboards); Davey Faragher, Jeniffer Condos (bass); Quinn (drums, percussion); Tim Gordine (programming).
Recorded at Black Hog and Casa Carrie Studio # 9, Losa Angeles, California.
Personnel: Peter Adams (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ, Moog synthesizer, glockenspiel); Kat Maslich (vocals, acoustic guitar); Bernie Locker (acoustic guitar); Val McCallum (electric guitar, 12-string guitar, lap steel guitar, bouzouki); Greg Leisz (electric guitar, 12-string guitar, tenor guitar, bouzouki, mandola, mandolin); Joel Shearer, Shane Fontayne (electric guitar); David Boucher (12-string guitar, bass clarinet); Ben Peeler (lap steel guitar); Herb Pedersen (banjo); Gabe Witcher (fiddle); Mitchell Froom (piano, harmonium, keyboards); Pete Thomas , Quinn (drums, percussion); Rich Ragsdale (drums, loops); Tim Gordine (programming).
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Black Hog Spaceship, Los Angeles, CA; Casa Carrie Studio #9, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Cecil Cole.
Arranger: Peter Adams.
Eastmountainsouth's debut album is a simple effort, but just because it's simple doesn't mean it lacks substance. Kat Maslich and Peter Adams have crafted a sweet set of songs for a springlike blend of classic folk and country. They carefully work with the basics when it comes to presentation; however, Maslich and Adams' talent lies in songwriting. Maslich and Adams pull from cherished literature, American culture, and family moments to compose their songbook. Each song arrives on its own thanks to the album's organic and earthy tones, while waves of passion are heavy without attack. Themes of love and heartbreak resonate throughout without being assuming, and if an artist is able to pull that off some 50 years after the dawn of rock & roll, it's pretty impressive. Eastmountainsouth does it and does it well. Stephen Foster's staple "Hard Times" is reworked for a bittersweet occasion, while banjos possess a darker mood on "Winter" and "The Ballad of Young Alban and Amandy." Breathy acoustic riffs carry the album as a whole, but Maslich and Adams also experiment with drum machines and electronics. "So You Are to Me" and "Rain Come Down" have lamb-like melodies and are much more full with Eastmountainsouth's informal work behind the sound board. One can only imagine that the country-rock duo will continue to work without conventional expectations for its second album. In the meantime, Eastmountainsouth is a great introduction to the band and solid enough to last until then. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The tunes are memorable, the instrumentation striking and there's a wistful, haunting quality to singer Kat Maslich's voice that's irresistible to the ear."
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