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Beautiful World

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Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter, who has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles. The Grammy-nominated artist has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits. Her 2008 release is a radio-friendly collection of songs, celebrating the beauty that shines amidst these dark days of war and corruption.Eliza Gilkyson is an Austin, Texas based folk musician who started in Hollywood, California. Her father was the songwriter and folk musician Terry Gilkyson. She is the sister of guitarist Tony Gilkyson, formerly of the L.A. band X. 11 tracks.

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"cathartic to the point of jubilation, brimming with radio-polished tunes" -- Austin Chronicle

"lush and passionate...edgy lyrics with piercing imagery" -- New York Times


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B0016GLX26
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Lover on June 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having listened to EG for years and years and also seen her live more than once, I found this album to be her most poignant and conscious to date. With intelligence and passion, she is writing songs here which combine to decry the state of the world, not simplistically but with complex and thoughtful lyrics, yet also to endorse some small hope. The lyrics coupled with the very somber and gorgeous accompaniments really brought me to tears at times. She also really gets the difficulties of women in the world today, yet does not press. I was intrigued also by her echoes of old fifties tunes and lyrics which she has revised ironically for our times with very different and much more sobering takes. I was moved to tears at times and have never written a review before, but I wanted to commend her work here.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle VINE VOICE on May 28, 2008
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11 songs all fresh from Eliza's pen prove her mettle as a singer-songwriter extraordinaire. She's one of the great Texas troubadours, the daughter of Terry Gilkyson (who penned "The Bare Necessities" for "The Jungle Book") and an award winner in her own right.

This CD isn't as folky as most of her collections are. There are still many political reflections here, but the beat's a little more uptempo than we'd expect. "The Party's Over" talks about the environment being trash:

Left it for our children to cover the mess
The party's over, it was a great success

One of the folky numbers, "Wildewood Spring" covers the equalizer of the swimming hole with Texas hippies floating next to conservatives. Another is "Clever Disguise". There's got to be a self-disclosing song on every Eliza CD and this is the strongest one, talking subtly about show business.

Who'd have thunk the closer, "Unsustainable" would be a torch song? The mix of strong bass and steel guitar on this number is gorgeous, but the message isn't quite what it seems, which is the joy of Eliza.

Rebecca Kyle, May 2008
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Bartik on May 31, 2008
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This is a high-quality album in all respects: lyrics, melodies, arrangements, singing. Some highlights:

Some excellent political songs, such as "The Great Correction", "The Party's Over", and "Runaway Train". However, the political songs are written from the perspective of Gilkyson's emotional reaction to the state of the world rather than stating ideological solutions, which I think makes the politics accessible to a broad audience.

Some lovely tunes about life and love, including "Emerald Street", "Beautful World".

The feel of the album is more Americana and alt-country (with one jazz number, "Unsustainable") than straight folk music. There is a lot of welcome variation across songs in pace and energy levels. The backup musicians are wonderful. There is very much of a full band feel to most of the songs.

I think this CD would appeal to fans of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt, to take two examples of musicians that this CD "feels like" to me.

Some of the lyrics remind me of lyrics by Minnesota folk musician Peter Mayer in their concern with religious/ethical and global issues.

The lyrics and musician credits can be found at Eliza Gilkyson's webpage if you search around a bit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2008
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Eliza Gilkyson is an underappreciated genius of American music, and this is her most wonderful collection of songs. The tunes, the lyrics, the feelings all combine to sweep you away into a wistful and, yes, beautiful world of love and loss and memory. If you're a fan of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, or Iris DeMent, you owe it to yourself to discover and explore Eliza's full catalogue of albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zutron on November 8, 2008
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I've always been a fan of Eliza Gilkyson, but she reached a new level of musicality with this one. The songs are more polished, more heatbreaking, and more sophisticated than we've heard from her before. The song "Beautiful World" is extraordinary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Risoli on November 7, 2008
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Although I suspected that Eliza Gilkyson would be a consummate artist, I was blown away when I purchased her latest CD, "Beautiful World." Every song is brilliant, from the first infectious number "Emerald Street" worth the cost of the CD. I had prior been a fan of her earlier CD "Through the Looking Glass" (1993) which had several memorable songs for me, who had beforeto loved her father's (Terry Gilkyson) work on Disney's "The Moon-Spinners." I've noted her releases since and this investigation, "Beautiful World" was indeed of the highest calibre. She has indeed become a "superstar" -- have you heard?
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