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Take It Like A Man

Amanda Shires

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Amanda Shires does not fit comfortably into any one genre—flirting with country, folk, rock and pop. She's also not looking to make anyone else comfortable. On her eighth album, Shires, the wife of Americana superstar Jason Isbell, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of marriage: in particular, her own. "There's nothing left to fix …You can say it's all my fault/ We just couldn't get all along / And so you know, I'll say, 'I don't know'/ But no one's going to be asking me," she sings on the what-if ballad "Fault Lines." Even Shires has admitted, "I second-guessed myself a lot by keeping 'Fault Lines' on the record … but my intentions were to tell the truth the best that I could from the place that I was in." That "place" was the lockdown days of the pandemic. "We were having problems before Covid, and then during Covid there was a lot of pressure…," she has said. For one thing, she became resentful of a greater burden of domestic responsibility. "Jason's Covid talent was getting better at the guitar, playing it eight hours a day. What was my Covid talent? It was setting boundaries. I allowed myself to take up more space in my own life," she's said. On the title track, she pushes the natural, beautiful wavering of her voice for a metaphor with birds. "Like a common loon I started hearing birds … Warblers and wrens, hymn at my throat/ Shook and quivering, I could have crowed," she sings, fluttering but always sounding strong. "I know the cost of flight is landing/ And I know I could take it like a man." She ends with a twist: "Take it like Amanda." She also stands her ground on the big and dramatic "Hawk for the Dove," her fiddle every bit as searing as Isbell's guitar: "I'm coming for you like the hawk for the dove." Guitar, meanwhile, sounds like her aching duet partner on the ballad "Don't Be Alarmed." Brittney Spencer and Maren Morris—one of Shires' partners in the country supergroup the Highwomen—back her up on the slinky "Bad Behavior." Mischievous "Here He Comes" employs Attractions-like keys, while "Lonely At Night" applies Dusty In Memphis magic, with a back-up assist by Spencer. Morris pops up again on the Roy Orbison-style ballad "Empty Cups": "Maybe I was asking for a little too much/ To keep the newness from wearing off/ For every start there's gonna be a stop." That theme—about how finding true love means you'll never have that first spark again—returns on the heartbreaking "Everything Has Its Time." "There was a time when it was hard to say goodnight … now we just walk through the door, turn out the light, and go to bed," Shires sings, almost in mourning. Still, this is not a break-up record. As Shires has said of herself and Isbell, "What we decided is that we're happiest if we work on ourselves. Then we have more to offer each other." © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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Hawk For The Dove
00:03:47

Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Composer, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

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Take It Like A Man
00:04:31

Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Composer, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

3
Empty Cups
00:03:58

Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

4
Don't Be Alarmed
00:03:50

Liz Rose, ComposerLyricist - Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Isbell, ComposerLyricist - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ruston Kelly, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

5
Fault Lines
00:02:56

Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

6
Here He Comes
00:03:29

Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Composer, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yves Rothman, Composer - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

7
Bad Behavior
00:03:37

Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Composer, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

8
Stupid Love
00:03:17

Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Levin, Composer - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

9
Lonely At Night
00:04:11

Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Levin, Composer - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

10
Everything Has Its Time
00:03:33

Natalie Hemby, ComposerLyricist - Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Amanda Shires, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Rothman, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gena Johnson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis Remenapp, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Diana Walsh, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 ATO Records, LLC, All Rights Reserved.

Album Description

Amanda Shires does not fit comfortably into any one genre—flirting with country, folk, rock and pop. She's also not looking to make anyone else comfortable. On her eighth album, Shires, the wife of Americana superstar Jason Isbell, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of marriage: in particular, her own. "There's nothing left to fix …You can say it's all my fault/ We just couldn't get all along / And so you know, I'll say, 'I don't know'/ But no one's going to be asking me," she sings on the what-if ballad "Fault Lines." Even Shires has admitted, "I second-guessed myself a lot by keeping 'Fault Lines' on the record … but my intentions were to tell the truth the best that I could from the place that I was in." That "place" was the lockdown days of the pandemic. "We were having problems before Covid, and then during Covid there was a lot of pressure…," she has said. For one thing, she became resentful of a greater burden of domestic responsibility. "Jason's Covid talent was getting better at the guitar, playing it eight hours a day. What was my Covid talent? It was setting boundaries. I allowed myself to take up more space in my own life," she's said. On the title track, she pushes the natural, beautiful wavering of her voice for a metaphor with birds. "Like a common loon I started hearing birds … Warblers and wrens, hymn at my throat/ Shook and quivering, I could have crowed," she sings, fluttering but always sounding strong. "I know the cost of flight is landing/ And I know I could take it like a man." She ends with a twist: "Take it like Amanda." She also stands her ground on the big and dramatic "Hawk for the Dove," her fiddle every bit as searing as Isbell's guitar: "I'm coming for you like the hawk for the dove." Guitar, meanwhile, sounds like her aching duet partner on the ballad "Don't Be Alarmed." Brittney Spencer and Maren Morris—one of Shires' partners in the country supergroup the Highwomen—back her up on the slinky "Bad Behavior." Mischievous "Here He Comes" employs Attractions-like keys, while "Lonely At Night" applies Dusty In Memphis magic, with a back-up assist by Spencer. Morris pops up again on the Roy Orbison-style ballad "Empty Cups": "Maybe I was asking for a little too much/ To keep the newness from wearing off/ For every start there's gonna be a stop." That theme—about how finding true love means you'll never have that first spark again—returns on the heartbreaking "Everything Has Its Time." "There was a time when it was hard to say goodnight … now we just walk through the door, turn out the light, and go to bed," Shires sings, almost in mourning. Still, this is not a break-up record. As Shires has said of herself and Isbell, "What we decided is that we're happiest if we work on ourselves. Then we have more to offer each other." © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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