Songs From The Movie (CD)


Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Amoeba Review

01/13/2014

On her newest album, the veteran country-folk troubadour wraps her singular brand of quiet, confessional singer-songwriting in the lush arrangements of Vince Mendoza, the arranger and composer whose own contemplative emotional tone has been expressed by the Brecker brothers and Peter Erskine, who appears on this record. Despite Mendoza's pedigree, the arrangements aren't particularly jazzy, and the album's title is made good upon with alternately tip-toeing and soaring arrangements straight out of a Hollywood heart-string-puller. Fans of Carpenter will recall her soundtrack work for Fly Away Home, her soulful, thoughtful meditations boosted by Mark Isham's wonderful, epic arrangement. Mendoza is more nuanced and, again, while the arrangements themselves aren't particularly jazzy, they retain a concern for emotional dynamics that hamfisted cinematic scoring can't always account for, something that comes more naturally to someone used to writing for smaller ensembles. A beautiful, emotional album, certainly a highlight of her career. The listener can hear the joy of the process embedded in the music.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
On And On It Goes
Mary Chapin Carpenter 04:24
2.
I Am A Town
Mary Chapin Carpenter 04:59
3.
Between Here And Gone
Mary Chapin Carpenter 05:03
4.
Ideas Are Like Stars
Mary Chapin Carpenter 04:14
5.
The Dreaming Road
Mary Chapin Carpenter 05:44
6.
Only A Dream
Mary Chapin Carpenter 05:54
7.
Come On Come On
Mary Chapin Carpenter 05:27
8.
Mrs. Hemingway
Mary Chapin Carpenter 06:18
9.
Where Time Stands Still
Mary Chapin Carpenter 03:43
10.
Godnight America
Mary Chapin Carpenter 06:08

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