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Between Here And Gone

Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Early in her career, songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter was marketed as a country artist, but strangely, it took ten albums before she would record in Nashville. On her first recording of new material since Time* Sex* Love* in 2001, Carpenter surrounds herself with old friends and new faces. Carpenter co-produced the set with Matt Rollings and John Jennings, two musicians who have regularly appeared on her recordings over the years. Newcomers include fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Viktor Krauss, guitarist Dean Parks, Rob Ickes on Dobro, and vocalists Mac McAnally and Garrison Starr. Carpenter's musical palette is much wider than ever before; it is a record full of textures and shapes rather than musical frameworks for lyrics. While the songs are still the most important construct, the manner in which they emerge is far more expansive. And even though there is more steel guitar and fiddle here than on any of her previous recordings, and the record was done in Nash Vegas, it's about as far from a country record -- in the modern sense of that word -- as can be. Carpenter's cosmopolitanism is certainly a sound for its time. The concerns experienced by the protagonists of her songs are those of everyday life at the dawn of a new century in the aftermath of September 11. That's not to say her melodies aren't timeless or that these songs do not transcend the present era (only time will reveal that to be true or false), but they tell the truth in a present tense we all recognize. There is an interesting fissure in these songs. As a body, they reflect transition and travel interior as well as actual byways, and impart the emotional sensibilities of being adrift, not in the present or in the past (though recollection of the previous is constant, if fleeting), while the future is still a blurry impression on the horizon. These songs are fissures; they exist in the gaps where real emotions are allowed to articulate themselves quietly and insistently before being blotted out by changes in circumstance and location as they appear like mirages, shimmer, and disappear. While there are standout tracks -- "Luna's Gone," "Goodnight America," "My Heaven," "Beautiful Racket," "Grand Central Station (the most devastatingly beautiful cut on the album), and "Elysium" -- the entire record holds together like a narrative mosaic; bits and pieces show up again and again, from song to song, without exact repetition. Between Here and Gone will hopefully garner some singles and get radio play, but it's hardly that kind of outing. In fact, one has to wonder if radio is brave enough to deal with the complex yet nearly universal emotions Carpenter explores in these gorgeous songs. Musically, this is a sophisticated but very accessible recording, pleasant in its tempos and in its lush presentation. But there is no ear candy here, nothing to while away idle moments by; it is not a "dark" or "melancholy" record, but it is a serious one. Between Here and Gone quietly demands the listener's attention and dives deeply into a labyrinth of emotions before emerging as a validating, affirmative, and instructive experience; it is an album not only to experience, but to hold on to. That's a lot for a pop album to promise, let alone deliver, and Between Here and Gone is marvelous; it does both.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
What Would You Say To Me (Album Version)
00:03:43

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Stuart Duncan, Fiddle - Rob Ickes, Dobro - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Garrison Starr, Background Vocal - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Mac McAnally, Background Vocal - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Luna's Gone (Album Version)
00:04:16

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Tim O'Brien, Mandolin - Garrison Starr, Background Vocal - Stuart Duncan, Fiddle - Mac McAnally, Background Vocal - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Dan Dugmore, Steel Guitar - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Eric Darken, Percussion - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Background Vocal - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
My Heaven (Album Version)
00:05:53

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Dan Dugmore, Steel Guitar - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Goodnight America (Album Version)
00:05:36

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Background Vocal - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Jerry McPherson, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Anthony Lamarchina, Acoustic Cello - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Kristin Wilkinson, Viola - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Between Here And Gone (Album Version)
00:05:08

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Jerry McPherson, Electric Guitar - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Dan Dugmore, Steel Guitar - Stuart Duncan, Fiddle - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Garrison Starr, Background Vocal - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
One Small Heart (Album Version)
00:06:02

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Dan Dugmore, Steel Guitar - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
Beautiful Racket (Album Version)
00:04:40

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Dan Dugmore, Steel Guitar - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Mac McAnally, Background Vocal - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
Girls Like Me (Album Version)
00:04:27

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Mary Katherine Vanosdale, Violin - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Anthony Lamarchina, Acoustic Cello - David Angell, Violin - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Kristin Wilkinson, Arranger - Kristin Wilkinson, Viola - Matt Rollings, Producer

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
River (Album Version)
00:04:21

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Eric Silver, Mandolin - Eric Silver, Electric Guitar - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Garrison Starr, Background Vocal - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Mac McAnally, Background Vocal - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
Grand Central Station (Album Version)
00:04:23

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Garrison Starr, Background Vocal - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Mac McAnally, Background Vocal - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
The Shelter Of Storms (Album Version)
00:05:16

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Jennifer Kumer, French Horn - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
Elysium (Album Version)
00:05:30

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Composer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Producer - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyricist - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Performer - John Jennings, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Patrick Murphy, Edited By - Drew Bollman, 2nd Engineer - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Stuart Duncan, Fiddle - Chuck Ainlay, Mixing Engineer - Chuck Ainlay, Recording Engineer - Jim Cooley, 2nd Engineer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Garrison Starr, Background Vocal - Scott Todd, 2nd Engineer - Mac McAnally, Background Vocal - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Victor Krauss, Bass - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar - Matt Rollings, Producer - Matt Rollings, Keyboards

(P) 2004 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Early in her career, songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter was marketed as a country artist, but strangely, it took ten albums before she would record in Nashville. On her first recording of new material since Time* Sex* Love* in 2001, Carpenter surrounds herself with old friends and new faces. Carpenter co-produced the set with Matt Rollings and John Jennings, two musicians who have regularly appeared on her recordings over the years. Newcomers include fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Viktor Krauss, guitarist Dean Parks, Rob Ickes on Dobro, and vocalists Mac McAnally and Garrison Starr. Carpenter's musical palette is much wider than ever before; it is a record full of textures and shapes rather than musical frameworks for lyrics. While the songs are still the most important construct, the manner in which they emerge is far more expansive. And even though there is more steel guitar and fiddle here than on any of her previous recordings, and the record was done in Nash Vegas, it's about as far from a country record -- in the modern sense of that word -- as can be. Carpenter's cosmopolitanism is certainly a sound for its time. The concerns experienced by the protagonists of her songs are those of everyday life at the dawn of a new century in the aftermath of September 11. That's not to say her melodies aren't timeless or that these songs do not transcend the present era (only time will reveal that to be true or false), but they tell the truth in a present tense we all recognize. There is an interesting fissure in these songs. As a body, they reflect transition and travel interior as well as actual byways, and impart the emotional sensibilities of being adrift, not in the present or in the past (though recollection of the previous is constant, if fleeting), while the future is still a blurry impression on the horizon. These songs are fissures; they exist in the gaps where real emotions are allowed to articulate themselves quietly and insistently before being blotted out by changes in circumstance and location as they appear like mirages, shimmer, and disappear. While there are standout tracks -- "Luna's Gone," "Goodnight America," "My Heaven," "Beautiful Racket," "Grand Central Station (the most devastatingly beautiful cut on the album), and "Elysium" -- the entire record holds together like a narrative mosaic; bits and pieces show up again and again, from song to song, without exact repetition. Between Here and Gone will hopefully garner some singles and get radio play, but it's hardly that kind of outing. In fact, one has to wonder if radio is brave enough to deal with the complex yet nearly universal emotions Carpenter explores in these gorgeous songs. Musically, this is a sophisticated but very accessible recording, pleasant in its tempos and in its lush presentation. But there is no ear candy here, nothing to while away idle moments by; it is not a "dark" or "melancholy" record, but it is a serious one. Between Here and Gone quietly demands the listener's attention and dives deeply into a labyrinth of emotions before emerging as a validating, affirmative, and instructive experience; it is an album not only to experience, but to hold on to. That's a lot for a pop album to promise, let alone deliver, and Between Here and Gone is marvelous; it does both.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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