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Call Me Lucky

Chris Smither

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Chris Smither spent a fair chunk of time in the mid-2010s looking back, culminating in Still on the Levee, a two-disc set from 2014 that found the singer/songwriter revisiting songs he recorded in the past. Arriving four years later, Call Me Lucky functions as something of an answer to that aesthetic, finding the singer/songwriter living squarely in the present. He opens the album with the lively blues shuffle "The Blame's on Me," which is quickly followed by a minor-key rendition of Chuck Berry's "Maybellene," and he effectively sets the pace for the rest of the album. As Call Me Lucky rolls on -- the album proper is ten tracks, but there are six additional "B-Sides" featuring alternate takes of songs on the album, plus an introspective version of the Beatles' "She Said She Said" -- Smither adds some slower, gentler touches (highlighted by the lovely "By the Numbers"), but he retains this same sense of immediacy. By playing so directly and simply -- the album isn't unadorned, there are additional harmonies and guitars, yet it feels like it is -- Chris Smither creates a bracing, intimate record, one that feels filled with earned truths.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Blame's on Me
00:02:53

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

2
Maybellene
00:02:56

Chuck Berry, Composer - Chris Smither, MainArtist - ISALEE MUSIC COMPANY, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Isalee Music Company

3
Down to the Sound
00:03:49

Chris Smither, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, Yeah, But Can Your Monkey Do This?/ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Chris Smither, David Goodrich, Composer

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP, Yeah, But Can Your Monkey Do This?/ASCAP

4
Nobody Home
00:04:00

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

5
By the Numbers
00:04:21

Chris Smither, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, Yeah, But Can Your Monkey Do This?/ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Chris Smither, David Goodrich, Composer

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP, Yeah, But Can Your Monkey Do This?/ASCAP

6
Change Your Mind
00:03:12

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

7
Everything on Top
00:03:18

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

8
Sittin' on Top of the World
00:03:31

Chris Smither, MainArtist - MPL MUSIC PUBLISHING INC. OBO EDWIN H. MORRIS & COMPANY, MusicPublisher - Walter Vinson/Lonnie Chatmon, Composer

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 MPL Music Publishing Inc. obo Edwin H. Morris & Company

9
Too Bad, So Sad
00:04:09

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

10
Lower the Humble
00:05:10

Chris Smither, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, Yeah, But Can Your Monkey Do This?/ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Chris Smither, David Goodrich, Composer

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP, Yeah, But Can Your Monkey Do This?/ASCAP

11
She Said She Said
00:02:54

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Chris Smither, MainArtist - John Lennon/Paul McCartney, Composer

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Copyright Control

12
Everything on Top (Alternate Version)
00:03:04

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

13
Down to the Sound (Alternate Version)
00:02:59

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

14
Nobody Home (Alternate Version)
00:05:44

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

15
Change Your Mind (Alternate Version)
00:04:08

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

16
By the Numbers (Alternate Version)
00:04:22

Chris Smither, Composer, MainArtist - Homunculus Music/ASCAP, MusicPublisher

2018 Signature Sounds Recordings 2018 Homunculus Music/ASCAP

Album Description

Chris Smither spent a fair chunk of time in the mid-2010s looking back, culminating in Still on the Levee, a two-disc set from 2014 that found the singer/songwriter revisiting songs he recorded in the past. Arriving four years later, Call Me Lucky functions as something of an answer to that aesthetic, finding the singer/songwriter living squarely in the present. He opens the album with the lively blues shuffle "The Blame's on Me," which is quickly followed by a minor-key rendition of Chuck Berry's "Maybellene," and he effectively sets the pace for the rest of the album. As Call Me Lucky rolls on -- the album proper is ten tracks, but there are six additional "B-Sides" featuring alternate takes of songs on the album, plus an introspective version of the Beatles' "She Said She Said" -- Smither adds some slower, gentler touches (highlighted by the lovely "By the Numbers"), but he retains this same sense of immediacy. By playing so directly and simply -- the album isn't unadorned, there are additional harmonies and guitars, yet it feels like it is -- Chris Smither creates a bracing, intimate record, one that feels filled with earned truths.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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