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Deep Natural

Michelle ShockedAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Michelle Shocked - traveller, troubadour, a “picker-poet,”as they say in Texas. As a young feminist, she left Texas to travel, Kerouac-style, and was caught up in Reagan-era grassroots politics. Her musical career was ignited by a bootleg recording made around a Kerrville Folk Festival campfire on a Sony Walkman. Released in England as ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’ without ... Read more in Amazon's Michelle Shocked Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mighty Sound
  • ASIN: B000063NDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Joy
2. What Can I Say
3. Why Do I Get The Feeling
4. Good News
5. Forgive To Forget
6. That's So Amazing
7. Peachfuzz
8. I Know What You Need
9. Can't Take My Joy
10. Little Billie
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Go Dub
2. I Know What You Dub
3. Match Burns Dub
4. DOD Dub
5. House Burns Dub
6. Forget To Dub
7. Why Do I Dub?
8. Draughts Of Dublin
9. What Dub?
10. Peachfuzz (Version)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Although double albums are again de rigueur, the mercurial Shocked pushes the envelope on her first release in four years. Fully free from major-label duties, Shocked picks up where the quasi-gospel vibe of the limited-edition Good News left off (even reprising a few tracks) and delivers the most expressive singing of her career. She fuses deep Southern funk, Jamaican dub, ambient country-folk, and socially and sexually conscious soul (à la What's Going On) with poignantly confessional, faith-based lyrics. "The more I forgive, the more I forget/Let it go, let it go," she consoles herself. The sprawling instrumental companion disc, Dub Natural, has moments of artistic surprise (especially the supernova blues rock of "Draughts of Dublin"), though it rarely finds the purpose and spiritual poise of this set's main attraction--Shocked's ardent singing and gleaming, inspired songwriting. --Roy Kasten

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising. Of course. April 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I own four other Michelle Shocked cds (Captain Swing, Arkansas Traveller, Short Sharp Shocked, The Texas Camp Fire Tapes) and this new one is already working its way up the list to being a favorite. Maybe that's because it's so new but I have a feeling that this is a cd that will last.
It starts out with an accapella vocal called "Joy" that gets repeated later on in the record as a full song. That creates a theme because over the two different records, certain songs start to show up again either as instrumentals or as little bits that remind you of one of the earlier songs. It's really intriguing the way it weaves into itself. And joy is definitely one of the themes of this record, and now that I think about it, also of Michelle Shocked's songs before this album.
The sound of this cd is surprising but it's Michelle Shocked, so I almost want to say "of course." You learn to expect the unexpected with Michelle and she's done it again. I think this cd is a tour de force, containing so many strong songs and so many potent styles and arrangements. And its sort of a wild rollercoaster too, because just when it gets sublimely calm and mellow, it suddenly roars up and rocks incredibly hard.
Lyrically, Michelle is always superb. But this is a 2 cd set with one whole cd devoted to instrumentals, and I can see that some people might be really surprised by that. Surprise! It's Michelle Shocked, "Of course." And I've listened to these two records now with just the two of them in the cd player on shuffle, and it's fascinating how they reflect back and forth on one another. The instrumentals are beautiful, reflective pieces primarily, although a couple of them are rocking or reggae or ska, and are not represented on the other cd.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocked gets religion February 26, 2003
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I have a very short personal list of musicians whose CDs I always buy. She was ABOUT to fall off that list until she came out with Deep/Dub Natural.
In my opinion, about Shocked's only flaw is a tendency to preach and as she matured, she made that mistake a few times.
Not in this album! Like her early music, the lyrics are poignant yet nuanced. But, she has broken out of the folk mode without giving it up completely.
Clearly she has had some encounter with God and she uses that as lyrical focus. But don't think this is some boring Christian album. She NEVER falls into cliche even when she re-interprets a song like Amazing Grace. That song, for instance, breaks your heart and renews at the same time.
Great stuff. And don't neglect Dub Natural. I like it maybe even better than Deep Natural. I know that Shocked wasn't the first to do a re-mix second disk, but not many have done it better. It really works -- "Dub" has the feel of "Deep" but is not a needless duplication. I play Dub Natural more than "Deep".
I also hope this CD will open up her audience beyond the folk singer-songwriter crowd. She deserves it. Unfortunately, I doubt this release will get a lot of promotion. Good reason to buy it, though - play if for friends and they will think you have the good taste to not follow the masses.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars michelle shocked delivers! April 8, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
It has been quite a while since Michelle Shocked has put out a record so I was very anxious to hear this one. I wasn't disappointed!!This is an innovative, diverse record that perfectly reflects Michelle's genre-crossing sensibilities. From rockin' bluesy numbers like "What Can I Say" and "Little Billie" to gorgeous acoustic numbers like "Moanin' Dove" to songs like "That's So Amazing" and "Go In Peace" that evoke Van Morrison without really trying to (if that makes any sense), this is an amazing record. The production mixes dub sensibilities with steel guitar on some tracks, on others it is more straight ahead rockin'. It's hard to describe really, but very easy to listen to . The second disc is definitley a more "chill" experience, but a great companion to the first disc. This is one of the most consistently interesting and affecting records I have heard this year. Amazing!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Michelle, I'm Shocked November 21, 2002
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Known from the first for her passion, her politics and her (excuse the expression)"balls", perhaps we should not be so surprised that herein lies a work of great innovation and daring. Always an interesting songwriter, Shocked appears to have made a Bob Beamon leap, far surpassing anything she has written before. And her vocals are far more mighty and moving than we remember. These modern spirituals carry with them the classic sounds of the instantly familiar. She moves easily from genre to genre, from gospel to blues to r&b to folk to country to pop to Cajun to funk to handjive to reggae to rock while inventing some splendid hybrids along the way. Still there is a marvelous cohesiveness to the record as a result of recurring words, themes, and, most of all, a modern and daring use of the studio. The production is responsible for pushing these rootsy gems squarely into the 21st Century. In fact, there is a bonus cd titled `Natural Dub' which are simple instrumental riffs pared from the cuts on the other cd. This may be a bit too 21st Century, if you don't mind, and you may just want to pass it off to your far-more-hip progeny. Then go back and listen to the superb, `Deep Natural'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Michelle Shocked is always on top of her game.
Michelle Shocked is always on top of her game. This is a premium example of her fine song writing and excellence in musicianship. I always love to listen to her. Get it!
Published 7 months ago by Michael Lovell
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Natural
A solid effort that falls a little short--Shocked is a hit-and-miss artist, and when she's on, she's excellent; this is perhaps a tad .ambitious for her.
Published 7 months ago by R. R, Castillo
1.0 out of 5 stars Long and dull
This album is bad. Which is a shame because Michelle Shocked has always been an automatic purchase for me. No more. Read more
Published on January 27, 2007 by The Kid
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I really liked her album "Short Sharp Shocked" and still do, but this one was a waste of money. I listened to it twice and probably will never again. Read more
Published on August 1, 2003 by PJL
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Sophomoric, But Very Solid Stuff
Truthfully, this isn't really my type of music, but all things considered, it's really good. The only reason I heard this CD is because I had a chance to meet Michelle Shocked... Read more
Published on May 18, 2003 by BookMania
5.0 out of 5 stars who is Michelle Shocked? She's incredible!
When my local paper ran a review of Deep Natural, I had never heard of Michelle Shocked before. It was an incredibly glowing review, though. Read more
Published on February 25, 2003 by Joe Sherry
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem
I asked my wife to get this album for me for Christmas. I was a bit disappointed when I listened to it and thought it uneven. Read more
Published on January 17, 2003 by Michael Murphree
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Wonderful CDs
Having only passing familiairity with Michelle's music before this I was very pleased with the set. On "Deep Natural" the songs "Why Do I Get the Feeling? Read more
Published on December 27, 2002 by Gneiss Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars The CD player wasn't broken - the CD just sounded that bad
I tried listening to this CD and the music sounded so distorted and awful, I thought the player was broken. Much to my surpise, it sounded that bad on other CD players also. Read more
Published on September 17, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but good!
Have enjoyed Michelle Shocked for years. Just had the opportunity to see her in concert for the first time, and bought "Deep Natural" just before going to the show. Read more
Published on September 1, 2002 by akbusdrvr
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