CD Messenger [Edwin McCain Band] (CD 408031),
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Messenger [Edwin McCain Band]

  • 1. Wish in This World
    2. Beautiful Life
    3. Promise of You
    4. Ghosts of Jackson Square
    5. I Could Not Ask for More
    6. Do Your Thing
    7. Prayer to St. Peter
    8. Go Be Young
    9. Anything Good About Me
    10. I'll Be - (acoustic version)
    11. Sign on the Door
    12. See Off This Mountain
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83197

  • Credits
    ProducerMatt Serletic; Noel Golden
    EngineerNoel Golden

    MESSENGER is an Enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
    Personnel: Edwin McCain (vocals, guitar); Larry Chaney (electric & lap steel guitars, cuatro); Scott Douglas (hammered dulcimer); Craig Shields (saxophone, keyboards); Scott Bannevich (bass); Dave Harrison (drums, percussion); William Chester, Jacquelyn Reddick, Yvette Preyer, Jackie Johnson (background vocals).
    Recorded at Tree Sound Studios & Southern Tracks, Atlanta, Georgia and The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California.
    Recording information: Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; Southern Tracks, Atlanta, GA; Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA.
    Edwin McCain is not flashy, nor does he wish to be. He is perfectly content with writing folk-tinged ballads and mildly anthemic, midtempo rockers, much like his labelmates and fellow South Carolinians Hootie & the Blowfish. Whereas Hootie broke down the commercial doors for this breed of heartland rock, McCain simply follows the path, winding up where Hootie was after Cracked Rear View -- namely, with a solid collection of no-frills rock, one that pleases without being particularly memorable, outside of a handful of singles. He was that way from the first, and his third effort, Messenger, is no different apart from the subtle differences -- stylish, radio-ready production from Matt Serletic (a veteran of Matchbox 20 and Collective Soul) and stronger overall songcraft from McCain. These subtle differences are enough to make Messenger his most consistent album to date, at least sonically, but these are primarily cosmetic changes; beneath the surface, it's pretty much the same album as before, with an equal balance of winners and fillers (most notably an acoustic version of the previous album's hit, "I'll Be," tacked onto the end). That's no great sin, especially since most artists following this brand of trad rock have the same problem, but it is a little frustrating, since production becomes the only way to separate the records. Nevertheless, the best moments from all three records constitute a body of work that stands up strongly to his peers, and the best moments from Messenger illustrate that McCain is getting better each time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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