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“Her music embraces the paradox between harshness… and glamour… Her voice is another instrument in the band.”—NPR Music
Genre defying vocalist Cassandra Wilson's latest album, Another Country, represents a strong departure from her previous material focusing largely on guitar-oriented sounds. To foster this new musical direction she again collaborated ... Read more in Amazon's Cassandra Wilson Store

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  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0000CC85V
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fragile
2. Sleight Of Time
3. I Want More
4. If Loving You Is Wrong
5. Lay Lady Lay
6. Crazy
7. What Is It
8. Heaven Knows
9. Honey Bee
10. Broken Drum
11. On This Train
12. Throw It Away

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"Glamoured" is a Gaelic word meaning to be whisked away, says vocalist and songwriter Cassandra Wilson, explaining the title of her new CD. "It's like being in a daydream, those split seconds when you're transfixed and your eyes don't move and you have to shake yourself out of it. This album captures the feeling of that reverie."

Indeed, Wilson sets such a mood with her trademark mix of first-rate originals and adventurous covers of other songwriters' works, this time picking material by Sting, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Muddy Waters and Abbey Lincoln. Such eclectic tastes come naturally to Wilson, who began her musical career performing in and around her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. "Down South, musicians have to be able to play in many different circumstances and in many contexts," she says. "They have to play jazz, they have to integrate the blues, and they have to know country. And the lines are kinda blurry sometimes, 'cause that's what everybody wants to hear."

For the recording of "Glamoured" Cassandra once again returned to her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi with a list of good songs and an open mind. "For some albums, I'll have a very clear idea of where I want it to go," she says, "but this time I had questions about what kinds of sounds to explore."

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on October 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
One of the simple pleasures of life is putting a Cassandra Wilson disc into the player and hitting "start". Her voice takes me to a spot that few singers know how to reach...and "Glamoured" proves, once again, why Cassandra is one of our most important performers.
This release is a great mix of brilliantly conceived covers and incredible originals. One of the fascinating things about being a CW fan is following the growth of her talents as a songwriter. While the promise was always there (think "Redbone"), with each new release, her songwriting skills have grown stronger, to where we now have originals that rival the covers she chooses. No where is this more evident than on the toe tapping "I Want More", with an outsanding drum contribution from Terri Lyne Carrington, and "On This Train" where that haunting smoky voice just shines through - this is the type of song that reminds you why you love Cassandra's vocals.
As always, the cover choices are both inspired and radically reinterpretted. Sting's "Fragile" and Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" are well done, but Cassandra rips through her take of Muddy Waters' "Honey Bee" (here's hoping someday she delivers an entire project devoted to the blues as she has talked about), and she makes Willie Nelson's "Crazy" her own. But the ABSOLUTE highlight of this project is Cassandra's take on Luther Ingram's 70's R&B classic "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Wanna Be Right)". This version of the song is gut wrenching - with Cassandra's voice conveying more emotion than any singer in today's marketplace. This song gets everything right - mood, instrumentation, vocals...it is passionate and painful, as classic soul music was always meant to be.
Cassandra, as always, gets everything right on "Glamoured". This is a wonderful release.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Balbi on October 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge fan of music and I don't limit myself to the boundaries set by genres or backrounds. With that said, I was blown away by the quality and scope of this recording. It is truly an album for music lovers no matter what your tastes. Cassandra has always been a great vocalist and performer but with this album she throws away all her past and brings a fresh new feel to her work. Producer Fabrizio Sotti who also plays guitar and writes some of the songs is the obvious catalyst that Cassandra needed to reach this new level. Sotti from what I have read doubles as a hip-hop/R&B producer and jazz artist. This array of influences is felt throught the album while still staying true to it's jazz roots. The sound and mix of the recording is also her best to date and I have no other choice but to credit Sotti for this fact. Producers are the spine of albums and in this particular instance...Sotti shines. From start to finish it begs to be listened to. Cassandra Wilson is truly one of the most creative and talented vocalists of our time. In "I want More", she shines with a performance that is obviously not scripted and that comes from the soul. And in "what is it", she is achieving, for the first time in my opinion, the new sound of what she should stick with for the future. I hope that she works with Sotti again and highly recommend buying this album. It will not disapoint.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Larry White on November 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ho-hum. Another near-flawless album by Cassandra Wilson. Although she sticks close to formula-another Dylan cover, another gut-bucket blues classic-- there are subtle changes with this cd. Notably, it is as much a showcase for Italian producer/guitarist Fabrizio Sotti as it is for Wilson. Although we were prepared for her warm, expressive vocal stylings, it is Sotti's glimmering guitar work that is the stand-out surprise. This cd has an even lighter, more intimate feel than usual and a soothing, Latin touch, which appear to be a result of Sotti's influence, as well. Half the songs on 'Glamoured' were written by Wilson (most with Sotti). If they are not quite as good as her covers, it is simply because her choice of material is so impeccable. Besides, she takes ownership of any song she sings, anyway.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy Plymale on March 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A jazz singer with the heart of a folk singer and the soul of a blues singer, Wilson also has exceptional taste in song, along with original arranging skills. Wilson also seemingly has no musical prejudices. She is equally at home interpreting the music of the Beatle-mimic Monkees ("Last Train to Clarksville", New Moon Daughter) as that of blues pioneer Robert Johnson ("Come on in My Kitchen," Blue Light `Til Dawn). Likewise, she is equally comfortable recording a song by country icon Willie Nelson ("Crazy," Glamoured) as one by outspoken jazz purist Abby Lincoln ("Throw it Away," Glamoured). And she is as comfortable with folk rock songwriter Bob Dylan ("Lay Lady Lay," Glamoured) as jazz composer Miles Davis ("Seven Steps to Heaven," Traveling Miles). Moreover, she can make the most banal seeming material sound profound (as in her haunting, bluesy take on "Last Train to Clarksville"). Wilson can make you appreciate songs and songwriters that you might otherwise not give a second thought, such as when she recorded "Witchita Lineman " (Belly of the Sun) by the underrated `60s and `70s songwriter Jimmy Webb, composer, for better or worse, of the song "McArthur Park, " ("someone left the cake out in the rain . . . "). Part of Wilson's unprejudicial outlook on music can be explained by her southern upbringing, and on her latest CD, Glamoured, Wilson returned to her Mississippi roots both figuratively and literally, as she recorded many of the tracks in Jackson, including the Muddy Waters song "Honey Bee." After the completion of the Mississippi sessions, Wilson returned to New York, where she enlisted the help of Italian guitarist, composer, and producer Fabrizio Sotti for the remainder of the tracts, including the Sting song "Fragile."
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