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Album: Train Home
# Song Title   Time
1)    Train Home
2)    Outside In
3)    Confirmation
4)    Crocodile Man
5)    Lola
6)    Desolation Row
7)    Call Time
8)    Candy Man
9)    Never Needed It More
10)    Let It Go
11)    Kind Woman
 

Album: Train Home
# Song Title   Time
1)    Train Home
2)    Outside In
3)    Confirmation
4)    Crocodile Man
5)    Lola
6)    Desolation Row
7)    Call Time
8)    Candy Man
9)    Never Needed It More
10)    Let It Go
11)    Kind Woman
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Chris Smither (vocals, guitar, sound effects); Anita Suhanin (vocals); David "Goody" Goodrich (acoustic guitar, slide guitar, high strung guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, reed organ, bass); Bonnie Raitt (slide guitar, background vocals); Mike Piehl (drums).
  • Personnel: Chris Smither (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Anita Suhanin (vocals, background vocals); David "Goody" Goodrich (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, reed organ); Bonnie Raitt (slide guitar, background vocals); Richard Downs (horns); Mike Piehl (drums, cymbals).
  • Audio Mixers: David "Goody" Goodrich; Mark Thayer.
  • Photographers: Abigail Seymour; Carol Young ; Thomas Petillo.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Chris Smither.
  • 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
Professional Reviews
Uncut (11/03, p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A masterclass in deftly-picked country blues guitar....Warm and wise in equal measures..."

Living Blues (9/03, p.90) - "...A typically eclectic Smither set....On the vaguely British-sounding 'Never Needed It More', he casts himself at the mercy of fate with a true believer's courage and a Beat poet's irony-honed wit..."

Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...This ruggedly beautiful installment reveals a new way forward..."
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