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Chris Smither settles into his distinctive combination of folk and blues with this excellent release. Although not pushing established boundaries, his rich, velvety voice and mature spoken-sung vocals convey a sense of truth and add depth to these introspective compositions. A bit of early Tom Waits creeps into his leathery vocals on a jaunty cover of Dave Carter's "Crocodile Man," but Smither is best defined by the fingerpicked folk-blues. Bonnie Raitt, a fan from way back, contributes harmony vocals and slide guitar to his gentle eight-minute version of Dylan's "Desolation Row." Some tunes are percussion-free, providing the singer's honey growl of a voice and clean acoustic guitar the most space to maneuver. Smither is loosest lamenting about his stolen car and its psychological effects on "Let It Go," a track that, with his muttering and grouching, seems to have been recorded in an impromptu moment. A gentle cover of Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man" -- the album's only unaccompanied performance -- shows Smither's rather evident roots, and his closing waltz-styled version of Buffalo Springfield's "Kind Woman" reveals less obvious ones. Accompaniment by right-hand man David "Goody" Goodrich, who plays keyboards, guitars, and even something called a pinewood diddley bo, subtly enhances nearly every track on this quiet gem.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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1
Train Home
00:04:12

Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lou Ulrich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Ambient Percussion, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Piehl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Anita Suhanin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

2
Outside In
00:04:11

Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lou Ulrich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

3
Confirmation
00:04:05

Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

4
Crocodile Man
00:03:33

Chris Smither, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Carter, ComposerLyricist - Lou Ulrich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Recording Producer - Mike Piehl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Anita Suhanin, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

5
Lola
00:03:27

Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lou Ulrich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

6
Desolation Row
00:07:45

Bob Dylan, ComposerLyricist - BONNIE RAITT, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Downs, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Organ, Piano, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Piehl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

7
Call Time
00:03:35

Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lou Ulrich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Piehl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

8
Candy Man
00:03:37

John Hurt, ComposerLyricist - Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

9
Never Needed It More
00:03:17

Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Goodrich, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Anita Suhanin, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

10
Let It Go
00:04:33

Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lou Ulrich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Electric Guitar, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Piehl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

11
Kind Woman
00:03:50

Richard Furay, ComposerLyricist - Chris Smither, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Goodrich, Producer, Banjo, Mandolin, Organ, Piano, Recording Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Piehl, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Anita Suhanin, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Craft Recordings.

Album Description

Chris Smither settles into his distinctive combination of folk and blues with this excellent release. Although not pushing established boundaries, his rich, velvety voice and mature spoken-sung vocals convey a sense of truth and add depth to these introspective compositions. A bit of early Tom Waits creeps into his leathery vocals on a jaunty cover of Dave Carter's "Crocodile Man," but Smither is best defined by the fingerpicked folk-blues. Bonnie Raitt, a fan from way back, contributes harmony vocals and slide guitar to his gentle eight-minute version of Dylan's "Desolation Row." Some tunes are percussion-free, providing the singer's honey growl of a voice and clean acoustic guitar the most space to maneuver. Smither is loosest lamenting about his stolen car and its psychological effects on "Let It Go," a track that, with his muttering and grouching, seems to have been recorded in an impromptu moment. A gentle cover of Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man" -- the album's only unaccompanied performance -- shows Smither's rather evident roots, and his closing waltz-styled version of Buffalo Springfield's "Kind Woman" reveals less obvious ones. Accompaniment by right-hand man David "Goody" Goodrich, who plays keyboards, guitars, and even something called a pinewood diddley bo, subtly enhances nearly every track on this quiet gem.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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