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Another Country

Tift MerrittAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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“I’ve always had a taste for traveling alone,” Tift Merritt sings in the title track of her fifth album. This time around, she got to prove it, “calling the shots myself and letting myself go wherever I needed to go” at a point in time when she was a free agent without label or manager. But the song does also conclude that “Everybody here is traveling ... Read more in Amazon's Tift Merritt Store

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B0011FDVKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If the first step brings critical acclaim and the second garners Grammy® consideration, what could be in line for North Carolina native Tift Merritt since a 2002 emergence that left critics scrambling for adjectives? The talented singer/songwriter has often been miscast as a country artist, and Another Country is an opportunity to leave that moniker behind. She dips slightly into the genre, such as on the country rocker "Something to Me," the lead track featuring guitarist Charlie Sexton and sweet organ trimmings from bandmate Danny Eisenberg. From there the record sways into a flurry of styles, and Merritt never misses a beat. The blue-eyed soul of "Morning is My Destination" recalls Dusty in Memphis, while "Tell Me Something True" is an R&B nugget that has the breezy Merritt sounding eerily like Diana Ross. Elements of rock, folk, and blues pervade, and producer George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, the Jayhawks) stays out of the way, allowing Merritt’s voice to embody the songs, all 11 of which flow from start to finish, uninterrupted and primed for full-on stardom. --Scott Holter

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Merritt describes the writing on this album as a plain spoken look at the distance we all attempt to cross between two people, between one heart and the rest of the world. After two records and a Grammy nomination, Tift Merritt took hiatus with a piano in Paris and she was rewarded with unbridled inspiration plus a wealth of her most accomplished songs to date. These songs together comprise Merritt's third recording Another Country. Merritt's debut Bramble Rose earned spots on both Time Magazine and the New Yorker's year-end Top Ten lists. Tambourine, her sophomore album, was Grammy nominated for Country Album of the Year and it earned numerous accolades from press and fans.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Country is Another Exqusite Album February 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Apparently, I am a rareity here having loved Tift since her 1999 duets album with The Two Dollar Pistols. For those of you new to her, a (very) brief and mostly musical history. That album is a very classic country cover album with Tift's sweet soprano soaring gracefully next to John Howie's rough barritone. In 2002 she released her solo debut Bramble Rose, which went to a very 70's Gram Parson's and Emmylou Harris side of country and was produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams). Two years later she teamed with George Drakoulias to record Tambourine which went off in a much more bluesy/R&B direction. In 2005 she released the live cd Home Is Loud and 2007 saw the issuing of her Austin City Limits appearence on DVD. She was dropped by her label Lost Highway and moved to Paris, not sure if she was going to stay in the business. Then she wrote all the songs for this album, came home and released them on Fantasy.
With all that out of the way, how does this album stack up? Sonically speaking, she returns to the same overall sound as Bramble Rose, but pushes past what she did on that album. The lyrics are much more personal than they have been on her earlier albums, but she retains her sense of incident based storytelling. In a way she is almost the anthesis of Neko Case. Where the red headed torch singer wraps her life in dark images that pull the everyday into the realm of fantasy, Tift grounds her images in incidents so everyday that often the lyric passes before you realize the full weaight of truth behind it. Her voice here is sweeter than it has been on previous albums, fuller and more mature, with a control of her higher registers that sometimes came off as a bit squeaky before.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COMFORTING, GRACIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL March 25, 2008
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If ever there were a convention of performing artists, Tift Merritt would probably spend the evening helping to serve the food, then staying afterward to help with the clean-up. There is something unfailingly polite about her style, so much so that she is an anomaly in an industry full of misogynists, hedonists, crybabies and creeps. "Another Country" captures that niceness with a series of songs that are unfailingly gracious in their gentle use of melodicism. It is extraordinarily comforting to hear an album as well-adjusted as "Another Country," but that can also be part of the problem. In real life, it is the troublemakers who attract all of the attention, and it is no different in the music industry. Disaffected misfits with bad attitudes and re-hab issues get the press and top the charts, and it is difficult to hear Tift Merritt above the din of whining screamers in need of medication, therapy, or both.
"Another Country" is the result of an artist burned out from too much touring. In the liner notes, Tift (I think she would find it distasteful if I used her formal name) writes that she "had lost track of the miles (she) had traveled." To break her stride, she spent some time in Paris, familiarizing herself with a new culture and a new group of friends. The experience liberated her, and inspired her to new heights of creativity. This is an album full of personal observations from lessons learned, with intimate arrangements that focus on the strengths of her touring band, augmented by guitarists Doug Pettibone and Charlie Sexton. As a collection, the songs fit like a well-worn sweater. It is the aural equivalent of a woman finding a sense of comfort in the life she has chosen for herself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just discovered Tift February 27, 2008
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Listening to Boston's folk radio station (WUMB) is the place where I can hear the gamut of new and old musicians. I must say I was pleasantly surprised after hearing 'Something to Me.' So surprised that I bought this new cd yesterday, the day of it's release. I definitely recommend this cd/artist to anyone who enjoys Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith or Patty Griffin. The melodies are great and the lyrics are poetic and accessible. I'm very happy to have found a new artist to follow. Now all I need to do is listen to her whole catalog.

Thanks Tift! Hope to see you live when you come to the Northeast.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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"Another Country" sounded familiar, but I just couldn't place where I'd heard it before. A clear-voiced singer, sensitive lyrics, music that alternately chugged and soared. Joni Mitchell? Emmylou Harris? Damned if I could place her.

A few listenings in, Tift Merritt's lineage no longer mattered. Only the music did. I didn't immediately get the words --- they're about love and loss and distance, and because they're charming and poetic, they go down easy --- but the tunes were fatally catchy. I found myself humming along and calling out the refrains. Not like me.

My reaction to Tift Merritt was also unsettling. She's got a Grammy nomination and praise from the likes of Emmylou Harris on her bio, but she seems more like a kid just starting out than a seasoned artist. In her 30s? With her own show on NPR? For that matter, a year in Paris? No way.

I had a bunch of questions. Ms. Merritt had the answers. And then some.

JK: What were you doing five minutes before you decided to go to Paris and write the songs that became this CD?

TM: I'd been on tour for a year, traveling in a van --- five guys and me --- and sometimes playing empty clubs, where you have to pretend everything's okay and cry in private. And you get ready in a rock `n roll dressing room, with graffiti on the walls and scary corners you can't look in. And you see the irony. How could you not, when you put your makeup on looking into a mirror that says MILLER LITE.

JK: Who do you blame?

TM: It always ends with me.

JK: And the moment of decision?

TM: I was going to England to tour. I thought, `I'm a grown woman. I can go to Paris and get an apartment and a piano.'

JK: Parlez-vous français?

TM: I studied French in school.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars She is billiant
I can't stop listening to this album. I discovered Tifft Merritt on the David Letterman show. She appeared that night as a backup artist and I fell in love.
Published 27 days ago by C. A. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing artist
Tift Merritt is an amazing singer and song writer. She has the most beautiful voice. This is the second cd I own of hers. Her cd's never leave our 5 disc player... Read more
Published 13 months ago by ghee ghee b.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounds and fun to listen to.
Tift did a wonderful job with the albumn. A lot of up beat music and a spendid voice. thanks Tift!
Published 14 months ago by Carole Raine
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice voice, bought it for 1 song.
I bought this CD for the song "Another Country" which is played in the movie "New in Town" with Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr. Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amalgam of musical styles, great writing and wonderful singing
Those who catch only the first tune of "Another Country" -- an album that explores the sometimes rocky territory of love -- might think that the album is just that -- all country... Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by BookLover59
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful work
I truly feel that Tift takes her listeners to "Another Country" with this album. The melodies flow one from the other; when the final, "Mille Tendresses", plays you realize the... Read more
Published on December 9, 2010 by Elanor1420
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I love Tift Merritt's first two CD's. I have tried to like this one and it just isn't happening. It is the most boring album I've ever had the displeasure of listening to.
Published on October 8, 2010 by jd11
4.0 out of 5 stars Reedy but sure soprano is easy to listen to; strong songs are very...
A steady, quietly but firmly self-confident woman. Her somewhat thin, reedy, but sure soprano is easy to listen to. Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Frank Camm
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing effort from a great talent
I am honestly suprised to see such positive reviews of this album. Where Bramble Rose was urgent and engaging, and Tambourine can rightfully claim to be a landmark album I would... Read more
Published on October 21, 2009 by Michael Bendiksby
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotive, thoughtful, sweet recording
Well, here I am back in the middle of the night reviewing a CD, listening on my headphones. I have listened to Tift Merritt before, but never reviewed anything by her. Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by James Moulton
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