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Earth to America

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"Earth to America" was recorded by Terry Manning in Nassau, Bahamas at the beautiful Compass Point Studios.

1. Second Skin
2. Goodpeople
3. From The Cradle
4. Solid Rock
5. Time Zones
6. When The Clowns Come Home
7. Ribs And Whiskey
8. Crazy
9. You Should Be Glad
10. May Your Glass Be Filled

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000FJA9OS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Ryan on June 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a music critic, I am expected to have an opinion about everything. In theory, that is all well and good, but what am I to do when I listen to something, like it, but can't quite put my finger on why? Every now and then, can't I be impressed or entertained without trying to put into words the various reasons I feel this way? "Earth to America," the new disk by Widespread Panic puts me in this semi-awkward position. I like this disk a lot, but it's hard to say exactly why it appeals to me. My main reason for hesitation is that I don't feel particularly qualified to spew out my impressions; Although they have been around since the late `80s, this disk marks my introduction to Widespread Panic. Now, don't get me wrong, I've heard of them, but I never heard anything on the radio, and I don't know anybody who listens to them. I only had my own impressions to go by, and I presumed them to be a third generation jam band, which is a genre that usually bores me.

Now that I hear them, I realize that this was an absurd oversight on my part. Approximately fifteen CD's by Widespread Panic, and I never heard any of them? What makes this even more ridiculous is that they suit the tastes of my own musical profile. I've always been a fan of Americana, especially the southern variety, and I love good guitar playing. I also love a band that understands the nuances of interplay, and knows how to utilize exotic instrumentation without sounding ostentatious. Furthermore, they don't `noodle'. Their songs are well-constructed, with good melodies and intriguing lyrics. The interplay of guitar, keyboards and horn charts, all layered over an impressively tight rhythm section, is nearly faultless, with no signs of overplaying or excess.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jam Band Fan on July 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Being the Spread-Head as I am, I can say that this album just goes to show that Panic can still make some great music. For those of you who don't listen to or have only heard once, then this album probably isn't for you. I suggest purchasing one of their earlier albums such as their self-entitled one, Space Wrangler, or Ain't Life Grand. Some of the highlights in this album are:

"Solid Rock" -- 8/10

"Second Skin" -- 8.5/10

"Time Zones" -- 9/10

"Good People" -- 8/10

And for those of you who took the time to rate this album one star as well as write a horrible review, I feel sorry for you. You obviously don't like good music and should go listen to some emo. The instrumental ability of each Panic member is unparalleled and should none of their music deserves below three stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry Dickman on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a long-time fan of WSP, I was looking forward to the new CD, especially after having heard the excellent "Second Skin". Said song gave me hope that George McConnell's slide guitar work would be present throughout the CD.

While listening to the CD, I concluded that, while it seemed to represent somewhat of a return to WSP's early days - stripped down, southern rock - it lacked the "knockout blow" of such truly great WSP CDs as "Space Wrangler", "Everyday" or Til The Medicine Takes" (their best, in my opinion). While it started with a bang with "Second Skin", it sort of trailed off as the CD progressed, ultimately ending in a whimper, so much so that I was left wishing for more (and better) upon its completion.

Don't get me wrong - this is a good CD, especially of you are a WSP fan. It's just that, in my opinion, it rates only above "Don't Tell the Band" (their WORST CD, by far) in the WSP collection. It just doesn't excite me like most of their other works.

While George McConnell sounds GREAT live, he still does not stretch out enough in the studio. He was barely audible on "Ball" and his presence is only slightly more conspicuous on this CD. I would have loved to have heard some extended jams on this CD, featuring McConnell's slide work. Had this CD featured more McConnell and more signature WSP jamming, it would have rated much higher in my book. As it was, it was a CD filled with some very good tunes, some decent tunes and some not-so-good tunes which will probably sound MUCH better live.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bplus on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am very impressed by this album. This album doesn't disappoint. Not a bad song in the bunch.

The songs on this CD all fit together and it just flows better from start to end than their past two efforts, Ball and Don't Tell the Band. On those albums it seams like they were trying to take a Ben Harper approach, trying to make a lot of songs from different genres and styles fit together. This one is nearly seamless, starting with "Second Skin" and ending some sixty-five minutes later with "May Your Glass Be Filled." At first, I thought the album was short, but now I think it's a perfect length because the songs just blend so well together that time slips by as you listen to it.

The funk fest is led by "Second Skin", "Time Zones", and "You Should be Glad" with the trippy "When the Clowns Come Home" helping too.

But I think the song that deserves some attention is "From the Cradle." The lyrics drive the song, and JB sounds great. The build-up from the beginning until the end of the song is amazing, and I love the irony of how the tempo builds as JB whispers and then later screams "keep your voice down." Who can't enjoy a line like: "As stable as a drunk on shaky ground"?

My only complaint is that I'm a bit disappointed with the different version of Goodpeople, and I wish JoJo was still singing and leading the song.

The horns are great on this album, the strings don't bother me and fit well. The album has a good balance between upbeat funk-sway and a lyrics driven sound.

The acoustic style on Ribs and Whiskey is a surprisingly welcome change and JB squeaks out the lyrics, really getting into character.

If you're ready to give up on this album, give it another chance. Personally, I'm having a hard time listening to anything else.
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Timothy, after I read your post I started thinking, because the piano riff that starts off Time Zones sounded familiar to me,too. Then it hit me. It's taken from a Neil Diamond song from the late 60's. I can"t think of the title, but I will give it some research and post up later.
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