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Mercy Now

Mary GauthierAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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MARY GAUTHIER - biography

In a Nashville bookstore, to the tune of steam hissing from a latte machine and laptop taps of nearby browsers, she speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000765IS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mary Gauthier (pronounced 'Go-shay' ya'll) releases Mercy Now, her fourth full-length album & Lost Highway debut. Mercy Now features 10 songs overflowing with beauty, darkness, raw emotion & unflinching honesty, from a truly compelling artist. Gauthier's life has taken her on a path through devastation & despair. Her songwriting is a direct reflection of personal life experience. Mary Gauthier has beaten back demons, learned from the streets, hit rock bottom & risen from the ashes - all before writing her first song at the age of 35.

A spark of redemption illuminates even the darker songs on Mercy Now, the fourth album by Mary Gauthier (pronounced "go-shay"). The influence of her native Louisiana pervades her Southern Gothic songcraft, which first won an audience in the folk clubs of Boston. After a series of releases on independent labels, her Lost Highway debut seems destined to expand that audience significantly. Within her mature, weather-beaten artistry, Dylanesque metaphysics go to Mardi Gras on "Wheel Inside the Wheel"; the naked emotion and eye for detail of "Your Sister Cried" and "Empty Spaces" conjure comparisons with Lucinda Williams; and the plainspoken "I Drink" and "Drop in a Bucket" have the bittersweet bite of the best of John Prine. The spare arrangements of producer/guitarist Gurf Morlix, punctuated by cello, organ, and harmonica, give the material plenty of room to breathe. Gauthier's vocals are half-spoken, half-sung, and all soul. --Don McLeese

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Just say she's a rhymer, and rhymers get restless" March 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am probably the last person you would expect to be enthusiastic over what is billed as a 'country' album. Whatever that is. But, for some reason, I've heard 'Mercy Now' four times in the past five days, and if country music always sounded like that song, I would be listening to a whole lot more of it. I would call Gauthier's work country/folk and the in name for that definition seems to be Southern Gothic, a genre name that doesn't make a whole lot sense to me. But the songs on this album, they make sense to me, as they would to anyone who loves carefully crafted, gritty lyrics.

Yes, these are often dark songs. Yet somehow the upbeat peeks through almost unexpectedly. Mercy Now and Prayer Without Words are good examples of that. In other words, they may be sad, but they aren't hopeless, and that little bit of a hook will grab you every time. There is a subtle spirituality here as well - listen to Wheel Inside The Wheel, for example:

Souls ain't born, souls don't die
Soul ain't made of earth, ain't made of water, ain't made of sky
So, ride the flaming circle, wind the golden reel
And roll on, brother, in the wheel inside the wheel

This is interesting work, even if, at its heart it is still about broken relationships, human disasters, being down and out, etc. And there is intelligence behind the lyrics, and a real artistry behind the songs. Give it a listen and you'll see what I mean.

Gauthier has a true Southern whiskey voice, complete with edgy whine. And yet it is capable of a surprising number of colors, from really down and out to gently caring, and oh yes, just a dash of pointed sarcasm. I Drink is a masterpiece of the latter. In an interview, Gauthier mentioned that she often rewrites a song several hundred times, and this level of craftsmanship shows everywhere.

This will probably be my one and only country album, but it is surely one I'll listen to often.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary's best...again October 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Two admissions at the outset: First, my wife and I have known Mary Gauthier since the beginning of her singing career in the Boston area. Also, I like folk music but I hate hate hate hate weepy, slide-guitar country. Always have. Those said, I can't express sufficiently in words how terrific an album this is. I thought Filth and Fire (Mary's previous album) had been her best. It was, until Mercy Now. The title song is achingly gorgeous, and this and the rest of the album showcase perfectly Mary's increasing musical maturity. She's admittedly not for everyone. Mary will be the first to tell you that she's never written a happy song in her life, and if the downbeat nature of her music isn't your taste that's understandable enough. For anyone who's never heard her music before, though, her dead honest lyrics and absolutely unique voice, with Gurf Morlix's producing expertise, make Mercy Now one of the best albums of 2005 and an ideal way to hear Mary Gauthier (pronounced GoSHAY) for the first time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting better all the time. February 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you thought her last album "Filth & Fire" was good, you won't be disappointed with this one. The opening track has shades of Leonard Cohen but it does lighten up (a little!) from there on. Almost all my favourite recent albums share the same producer, the ubiquitous Gurf Morlix.

Great lyrics and a variety of musical influences from Harlan Howard to Lucinda Williams. After four playings, I cannot name a single weak track on this superb album.

Please visit us in Ireland soon, Mary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just reach right in and wrench out my heart... May 23, 2006
By KBLynn
Format:Audio CD
Undeniably the best and most personal piece of music I have ever listened to in my entire life. I happened on the video for Mercy Now on tv and was spellbound. Immediately, I went and ordered the cd. Anyone who has ever felt the pain of hitting bottom will have no choice but to react to this cd. I am undone.

"Falling out of love is a dangerous thing,

with it's slippery slopes and it's weighted wings,

with it's birds of prey circling overhead

Casting vulture shadows on barren beds."

I am undone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power and Whispering Beauty of Gauthier's Music March 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Mary Gauthier keeps getting better. This album grabs your heart, ear and funny bone on the first listen, and provides lasting pleasure and listening satisfaction. "I Drink" was on a previous album of hers, but nestles right into the songs here. The song "Mercy Now" is towering; just the lyric alone regarding her brother being "shackled to his doubt and his fear" is worth the price of the CD. If you ever have the chance to see Mary live, don't miss it. The songs aren't happy and uplifting but you'll leave that way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I felt my body go into a transformation while listening to "Falling Out of Love." I didn't return to my original state until the CD introduced silence at its end. When I came back to the here and now, I felt like I had just flown through a whirlwind tour... through the dust, over the concrete and pavement, feeling the sweat, the tears, the strength many of us experience in our own lives.

But her stories aren't represented of what we consider "today." Her story-telling is evocative of the nostalgic. The slower pace that's been blown in the dust by our typical routines and life's moments. And for the most part, her tales are solemn and deep. There are no songs of joy to be found on this (or any of Gauthier's?) CD.

Her voice is alluring and arresting . Her stories are interesting to listen to. The music is just plain perfect in its ability to take the listener in and show him around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary's voice is unusual and beautiful and is perfect for the songs she...
The title song leaves the listener breathless, and nodding in agreement with its words. It conveys a truth that nobody can deny. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Beverly B Litzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercy Now is a great title song for the CD
Mercy Now is a great title song for the CD. . . I listen to it over and over. Such a great voice. And message to Mary's music. Often found missing today.
Published 1 month ago by raleigh, nc
5.0 out of 5 stars A gold Standard.
I suppose some like me discover Mary through the English series, "Case Histories", but I know the world of real genuine 'country-blues-soul" folks already knew Mary's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Marvell
4.0 out of 5 stars Lyrics beg for more of the story
This woman can write. Her lyrics take you in the first lines, and you simply must hear the rest of the story! Her back up musicians are superior, and her voice unique. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nonnie Locke
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful singing!
Mary Gauthier sings about real human experience and her music will touch the listener very deeply. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching, always personal.
Published 6 months ago by Kathleen S. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and honest
Mary Gauthier so beautifully frames pain and humanity and casts no blame. I could listen to this every day just to be reminded that mercy sees beyond accusation.
Published 8 months ago by Montana Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best....
Singer songwriters on the scene today. A more unique sound you'll be hard pressed to find. Having found her success later in life Mary is a gift to music.
Published 9 months ago by TeamSheltie
1.0 out of 5 stars only liked 2 songs
I'd heard her on George Jones show and thought she was great, but was not that impressed with this CD
Published 9 months ago by Janet Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Real
This is one of those albums that both knocks you out the first time you hear it --- Mary Gauthier's songs and sincere delivery like a punch to the gut --- and also grows on you... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay,
The only song I really enjoyed on this CD was Mercy Now. Mary has a good voice and presentation, but some of the songs just didn't cut it for me.
Published 19 months ago by Yvonne Blackburn
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