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Tift MerrittAudio CD
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Listen in to Tift Merritt talk about her new album, Traveling Alone


“I’ve always had a taste for traveling alone,” Tift Merritt sings in the title track of her fifth album. This time around, she got to prove it, “calling the shots myself and letting myself go wherever I needed to go” at a point in time when she was a free agent without label or manager. But the song does also conclude that “Everybody here is traveling ... Read more in Amazon's Tift Merritt Store

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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B0002OPES2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stray Paper
2. Wait It Out
3. Good Hearted Man
4. Ain't Looking Closely
5. Still Pretending
6. Write My Ticket
7. Your Love Made A U Turn
8. Plainest Thing
9. Late night Pilgrim
10. I Am Your Tambourine
11. Laid A Highway
12. Shadow In The Way

Editorial Reviews

Merritt's resonant if somewhat conventionally alt-country debut Bramble Rose did little to predict this blue-eyed-soul breakout. A mix of hard-charging guitar rockers, horn-charted grooves, and pensive singer-songwriter ballads, Tambourine might have resulted in a stylistic hodge-podge, but producer George Drakoulias lends the same punchy, live-tracked vitality that distinguished the best work of the Jayhawks, Black Crowes, and Maria McKee. Merritt taps deep into her southern musical roots to find her own voice, and that voice has fully blossomed--her enunciation is clearer, her phrasing sensual without straining. Her best songs balance the urgent economy of classic soul singles with a personal, if not precisely confessional, intensity. Like Van Morrison and Dusty Springfield, Merritt follows her country, soul, and rock & roll instincts to find a single ecstatic sound, one that culminates in the full-out gospel testimony of "Shadow in the Way." Tambourine may not quite live up to the Dusty in Memphis comparisons, but it may very well wind up the album of Tift Merritt's career. --Roy Kasten

Product Description

Tift Merritt's new album Tambourine is the highly anticipated follow up to her critically acclaimed 2002 debut Bramble Rose. Produced by George Drakoulias (The Jayhawks,The Black Crowes, Tom Petty), Tambourine was recorded with an all-star band including: Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Maria McKee (Lone Justice), Robert Randolph & Don Heffington (Bob Dylan) as well as a full gospel choir & horn section. Tambourine sounds like an instant classic, drawing influences from Dusty Springfield's Dusty In Memphis, Delaney & Bonnie's Accept No Substitute & Shelby Lynne's I Am Shelby Lynne.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold Steps for Tift August 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Tift Merritt's first album, Bramble Rose, was critically acclaimed but fell short of high expectations. This was due mostly to a lack of exposure on any major radio markets. The songs fell between the genre cracks - not quite country enough for country, too little rock and roll for rock. It was generally classified as "alt-country" or "roots." What it really was was Tift Merritt's heart and soul laid out in stunning melodies.

With Tambourine, Tift has completely reinvented herself. The album itself is slickly produced, with lots of instruments and lots of backup voices, compared to the simple, naive production of Bramble Rose.

By now you've probably heard the hype, comparisons to Dusty Springfield, Delaney and Bonnie, and Carole King. The comparisons are apt. This is clearly a sound from a more soulful generation.

Fortunately, the heart and soul behind the music is still Tift Merritt. She is a remarkable songstress. And her beautiful voice is captured with remarkable clarity in these recordings.

If you're a big fan of Tift's earlier music, you'll probably need to listen to Tambourine three or four times before you fully appreciate it. If Tift is a new find, you'll probably find yourself singing along with songs like "Good Hearted Man," or "Write My Ticket." You'll get a good chuckle out of "Your Love Made a U Turn." If you're like me, you'll get completely hooked on "Still Pretending." Old fan or new, once you put Tambourine into your CD player, you'll be loathe to take it out.

Given the remarkable variety of Tift's first two albums, one can only hope we don't have to wait another two years to see what she will come up with next.
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between Patty Griffin & Sheryl Crow September 10, 2004
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Tift's first album was a roots-based, singer-songwriter effort made during the afterglow of "Brother Where Art Thou" when Music Row execs thought that Americana music would be embraced by the public. Unfortunately, the hoped for resurgence in roots music fizzled and many albums, including Bramble Rose, failed to sell.

Following in the footsteps of Wilco and Ryan Adams, Tift has moved out of Southern roots-based music with this album in the effort to sell some records. I can't blame any of them for doing this. There's no use making music unless you have an audience to hear it.

Tift Merritt is a fine songwriter with a sweet voice, and a lot of ambition. There's a lot of Memphis-based soul and a lot of 70s based rock and roll on this album, and an overheated production that sounds best when played very loud. At times, the songs on this album are honest, cut through the slickness, and remind me of Patty Griffin at her best. Other times, the songs are shallow, have decent hooks and remind me of Sheryl Crow.

Sometimes the production on this album overwhelms her voice. While a lot of money has been poured into this album, it's not clear to me how it's going to find a major audience. Just how many people are going to buy 70s-based music steeped in Al Green and the Allman Brothers? It's worth noting that one of the fine back up singers on this album, Maria McKee, tried doing this with an album of her own a few years back. It didn't sell.

Being a star requires talent, hard work, a sound right for the times, compromises to your art, and a whole lot of luck. I've been listening to Tift Merritt since she started playing dive clubs in Chapel Hill and Raleigh (she's a great live performer). I know she wants to be a star.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant surprise December 7, 2004
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I would rank this an unqualified success. Compared to the previous album (Bramble Rose), the producers have miked TM's intense vocals more closely and the result is all gain. "Laid a Highway" and "The Plainest Thing" are songs for the ages. There is a beautiful voice here--but interpretation too, a much less common treasure. A very happy discovery.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Album, Tift's Amazing! June 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
North Carolina-bred singer/songwriter Tift Merritt can easily be declared as this generations new version of Carole King or Dusty Springfield. Maybe that sounds a little to extreme for most folks, but with just one listen to Merritt's sweet voice, you can't help but begin to make some sort of comparisons.

Merritt broke through onto the country scene a couple of years ago with her, Bramble Rose, record. Although garnered by many critics as being an impressive debut record, many felt something was lacking in the production of the record. Don't be fooled though with Merritt's new release, Tambourine. It might just be one of this year's greatest surprises. I couldn't put it down once I began my first listen.

Tambourine, is as explosive musically as anything contemporary country music has given us this year. It's like a whirlwind of music from every possible avenue of an artistic discovery. Merritt does an extraordinary job with her mixture of music from everything reminiscent of her sweet southern blues to the pleasant soul voice that she plants into our hearts with every song. Merritt is a plain spoken songstress. She doesn't create anything to fancy and even allows her music to beam a ray of light into our consciousness. It's her own glory to unearth many new intention of how to make her music fun that makes this album such a joy to listen to. That is something to celebrate.

I know it sounds a little cliché by now, but there really isn't a single bad track on this record. Her musical appreciation is something that should not to be taken lightly. I give her a lot of credit finding the right music that fits her well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
she's very good
Published 8 days ago by Donald E Schoeny
5.0 out of 5 stars great.
as stated about her other albums; great.
Published 1 month ago by bruno cetnarowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listening Even if You're Not a Country Fan
Tift Merritt has a wonderful voice and great lyrics in her songs. The instrumental melodies and performance make the album a must for Rock/Folk/Country devotees.
Published 5 months ago by M. D. Wider
5.0 out of 5 stars She is amazing!
She has a one of kind beautiful voice. She is talented in that she not only sings wonderfully she also writes all of her songs. She is an amazing talent. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ghee ghee b.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tift on a tear
I think "Stray Paper" may have been the first Tift Merritt song I ever heard, and it's still one of my favorites---the strong acoustic guitar and her driving voice grab your... Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by N. Babineau
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie Riatt+Diana Ross+Bruce Springsteen=Tift Merrit
Grammy-winning album.
A pure, unsynthesized voice that's got it all over the Shania Twain's and Taylor-whats-her-faces.
Onstage charisma that works overtime. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by BookLover59
5.0 out of 5 stars Those who nominate Grammy's are insane.
Tift Merritt's far-too-overlooked "Tambourine" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Album, but anyone who takes the time to actually listen to this amazing recording very... Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by BassOMatic
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Best Written Collections Ever!
This second CD by Tift surpasses even the best of other female singer/songwriters like Carole King and Shania Twain, who deservingly had albums that were a huge commercial success. Read more
Published on April 8, 2008 by J. Aiken
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Album
Tift Merritt's sophmore effort is a great combination of inspired songwriting and a stellar performance. Read more
Published on March 3, 2008 by Russell D. Melling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sounds
Again, Tift Merritt delivers some great sounds. The combination of her sweet voice coupled with the sounds of her strong band is what makes for some of the best music in country. Read more
Published on March 25, 2007 by R. Kelley
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