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New Non-Fiction

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On her fifth album, Werner vividly demonstrates both the quality of musicianship and stylistic breadth that has marked her career as a singer-songwriter with roots in jazz, classical, country, and popular song. Produced by Bruce Cockburn’s longtime collaborator Colin Linden, New Non-Fiction plays like a collection of short stories written by a diverse group of authors with different voices, perspectives, and experiences. Yet the stories have a unifying thread woven by Werner’s powerful, classically trained voice, her keen eye for observation, and her sophisticated musicianship.

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On her fifth album, Werner spills out trademark jazzy vocal stylings, pleasant acoustic ballads, a few Bangles-esque rockers, and plenty of word-riffing. This time around, however, she runs a bit short on memorable material. "Barbed Wire Boys" may be her best song about her native Midwest, and the conversation with dueling angels in "Misery & Happiness" has a clever charm. More typical though is the personal-ad whining of "All of the Above" or the pining for a big car in, yes, "Big Car." In these songs, the pronoun "you" runs amok, "only love can live forever after," and spiritual hope seems as thin and predictable as chicken soup for the soul. Werner may think dark days are redeemed by cloying images like stars, smiles, and a baby's hands, but wordiness without fresh ideas or real emotions isn't. --Roy Kasten

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 29, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: November 29, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Susan Werner
  • ASIN: B00005UKYX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Webb on February 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
What is it about this modern world that makes having a relationship so neurotically impossible and why do women who pride themselves in their independence still wind up caught in the same old snares? This newest CD release by Susan Werner attempts to ask some of these questions and although she does not always provide answers, her disk is a band-aid to anyone who has ever been caught up in the trap of being female and single in a modern age.
Werner's disk is a collection of songs that deals with the age old desire to be loved and the dilemma of finding yourself alone still looking for Mr. Right but still wanting the excitement of Mr. Wrong and of not being willing to compromise either way. These are themes that are immediately recognizable to any woman over the age of 25 who has been a victim of her own making - of dealing with expectations that are impossible to meet and coming out the loser in the game of love.
In "All of the Above", Werner dissects the view of the modern woman that says having it all means never settling for less than what you want and is the kind of neurotic list making that defines many modern relationships. "Misery & Happiness" takes this concept a step further in exploring why we sometimes prefer Mr. Wrong over Mr. Right - is it the fear of losing the excitement that causes us to make these choices or can we really change the wrong into the right?
Musically, the strong points of this CD truly emerge in songs like "Shade of Grey" in which Werner moves into jazz territory. If I have one complaint (and it is a small one) it is that she does not do this more often. Her voice has such a suppleness and buoyancy and her vocal phrasing is so clean and crisp that jazz seems as natural to her as breathing.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven G. Barringer on September 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I, like many other reviewers, discovered Susan Werner by hearing her perform live, over and over during the last 10 years. I've seen her in Washington, D.C., Virginia, San Diego and Las Vegas. I have all of her CDs, and I recognize many of my own feelings about Susan's accomplishments and talents among the passionate comments submitted by other people here. I like all of her CDs, but mostly because they are my only connection to a treasured experience: the experience of seeing her sing her own songs live. But I have never loved any of the CDs, until New Nonfiction. The early ones seemed somewhat amateurish in their production values, but hey, they came from the very beginning of her career when she was performing in very small clubs, so what should we really expect? I still listen to them all the time, because they remind me of her concerts. The middle ones, especially Last of the Good Straight Girls and Time Between Trains, are more professionally produced, contain great Susan Werner songs and also covers that are perfect for her, but somehow, the production still lacks, because (as many people already said), it somehow polishes her too much and fails to capture what is magical about her voice and her performances. In my opinion, this new CD completely overcomes those problems. The sound of this CD is the thing that people love about Susan Werner; at least it's what I love. It sounds like her in concert; her beautiful and intelligent voice is all there and nothing about the production interferes with it. I can imagine the facial expressions she makes when she sings in concert, and hear the whole enormous range of her singing and playing talents.Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Schilling on March 2, 2002
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Like all of Susan's CDs, her newest contains a great variety of musical styles and moods. I can pass on the the cover of "Everybody's Talkin'", but I love the rest of the CD, particularly "Stationery", "Shades of Grey" and "Barbed Wire Boys." There is something for every musical taste on this CD!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robin Segal on January 9, 2002
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Susan Werner's songs are deeply felt without being soggy. Always crisp and spare, her lyrics cut through so much folk music mush, unless she is making fun of herself, which she does sloshingly well. A highly intelligent and smart songwriter, Susan does not just turn a clever phrase; she invents a clever concept, creates characters of emotional depth, composes poetic narratives, and illustrates them with bright, textured melodies. Then she delivers it all with masterful guitar playing and an incredibly large, operatically trained, I'm-just-a-folk-singer-intimate voice. These songs are real. Prepare to laugh and cry.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kim on January 30, 2002
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I adore Susan Werner and think that she is one of the most entertaining, engaging, and talented performers out there. Because her live show is so good, I've found myself slightly "disappointed" by her albums. They often don't capture the same free-spirited energy as her live performances, instead, feeling a little constrained and polite.
That being said, this album is wonderful. The production is a little rawer than on her last two, and there are glimpses of wacky fun throughout. Some of the best songs "from her oeuvre" are on this album, including "Misery and Happiness" and "Stationary."
Perhaps the best thing about this album is that two of her main songwriting strengths are well balanced. There are the thoughtful, personal songs that touch eloquently on various facets of human nature, and the wickedly witty songs that probe human nature with an electric cattle prod.
I wish I could give this album 5 stars, but, alas, the previously mentioned "rawness" of the album does leave me wanting a little more polish on it. And there are some production choices that I would have changed. But these quibbles are fairly small, and they don't diminish the fact that anything by Ms. Susie Werner is thoroughly entertaining and worth your while.
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