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Ida formed in 1992 as a duo when fellow Brooklynites Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton began writing songs together. They soon enlisted friend and upright bassist Rick Lassiter to join them. The trio recorded the Songs from the Ranch tape that winter on their 4-track, and began playing shows in New York City.

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Original recording
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B0010V4U0E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lovers Prayers
2. The Weight Of a Straw
3. The Love Below
4. Willow Tree
5. Worried Mind Blues
6. Gravity
7. For Shame Of Doing Wrong
8. First Light
9. Kora
10. Surely Gone
11. The Killers 1964
12. See the Stars
13. First Take
14. Blue Clouds

Editorial Reviews

Their first new album in three years and their clearest, most dynamic to date. A collection of songs that invoke the proximity of the invisible and the reality of love with an earned grace that comes from experience, persistence, and an undiminished enthusiasm for making sounds together. This is their seventh album; recorded with Levon Helm (The Band).

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on January 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you're already familiar with Ida, then get ready to treasure another spare, beautiful album filled with the voices of Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Littleton, and Karla Shickele. This band has constantly updated its lineups, starting out with just Liz and Dan, and going through various progressions, but what's amazing is how, no matter how many people they've got playing with them, they manage to bring things down to the bare minimum they need to express their sentiments. Not quite as minimal as Low, a band they've toured with, but this album sounds like they are singing lullabies directly to their listeners. Here, joining the three are Ruth Keating, Jane Scarpantoni on cello, and Tara Jane O'Neil, among others.

Even a line like "You punched Ronald Reagan right in the face" (on "The Killers, 1964" about the film starring Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson) almost sounds like a hushed revery in their delivery. I always say that the real sign of a book winning me over is if it makes me cry, and the same could be said for my favorite music. These hushed songs reveal themselves more and more on each listen, evoking love and spirituality, as the title suggests, sneaking up on you until you're simply sucked in. Ida once again proves that they can do so much with the simple grace of their instruments and their voices. My personal favorite so far (though it keeps changing) is their Richard Thompson cover, "The Shame of Doing Wrong." Their harmonizing on the line "I wish I was a fool for you again" is just breathtaking. That is in no way meant to disparage Ida's amazing songwriting, which, to me, takes off where Heart Like a River left off, with lyrics that could be interpreted various ways, but go perfectly with their lullaby-esque music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven Patch on February 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ida have now released their SEVENTH record not including live albums, 7", various EPs and other worthy sides. Highlights here are many, recorded in Levon's barn in Woodstock, NY, the Catskills do extreme justice to the warm tones of Ida's acoustic soulk. No that is not a typo. Dan and Liz are the most souful folk folks out there bringing it with Karla and Jean Old-Tyme school. Please enjoy "The Killers", "For Shame of Doing Wrong" compliments of Richard and Linda Thompson's penmanship as well as"Gravity", and "Willow Tree"...highlights if need be. The whole records seethes like a humid Hudson Valley summer day and crackles like a Lake Hill February fire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ceferino Lamb on March 20, 2009
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This CD continues to grow on me. I was hoping to get hit on the head with beauty such as "Post Prom Disorder" from the CD "Tales of Brave Ida", or "The Weight" from the CD "Ten Small Places." On this CD, "The Killers 1964" hit me that hard, right away. I am still trying to figure out what the lyrics are about. That's Ida for you.

I have only listened to "Lovers Prayers" about 15 times now. There are many very beautiful moments. The harmonies are chilling. If you are an Ida fan you should not hesitate to buy it. If you are not an Ida fan yet this might be a great way to become one. Do I detect a note of spiritualty in lyrics? Yes indeed. I believe that God lives in Ida.

This CD was recorded in the NY woods in a small studio. The audio quality is however excellent. No, better than excellent.

Give me another 20 listens and I will probably update this review. But 5 stars is already the max, eh?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Waterman Gap on February 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've heard this album about five times now and am still making up my mind about it. Parts of it seem more conventional than their earlier work. But it fills me with joy. Ida is one of the best bands in the universe.
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