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Traveling Alone

Tift MerrittAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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“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 (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B0089N7RWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For Traveling Alone, Tift Merritt's Yep Roc Records label debut, Merritt put together her dream cast to make a record that was real, raw and live off the floor. Recorded in Brooklyn in 8 days, this album was produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket), features a guest appearance by Andrew Bird and a band that includes Marc Ribot (Tom Waits), Eric Heywood (Pretenders, Son Volt), John Convertino (Calexico) and longtime collaborator Jay Brown. These songs were written and traveled by Tift Merritt.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It October 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
You'd think after four albums, Tift Merritt might run out of good songs. But no, "Traveling Alone" doesn't waste a chord. And while they're all good, a couple more make the List of Tift's great songs.

Tift's debut album, Bramble Rose, contains her earliest work, among them several masterpieces including "Trouble over Me" and "Are You Still in Love with Me." Later came "Still Pretending," "Mille Tendresses," "Keep You Happy," all beautiful love songs with more than a little poignancy (I guess Mille Tendresses fits that category - it's in French).

My favorite song on her previous album is "Papercut," and there's something there that foreshadows the melancholy undercurrent of "Traveling Alone."

Tift Merritt has matured nicely as an artist and as a woman. She's remained strong in the face of adversity, and she's remained true to herself. She's never sold out, but she's never given up.

Each of her albums maintains an old-school sense of the record as a whole, not just a collection of songs. "Traveling Alone" fully accomplishes that aspiration.

You'll really need to read the book of lyrics accompanying the record to get the full benefit of Tift's poetry. But of course you'll have to listen to the record to get the full benefit of Tift's music. And her voice is the cherry on Jack Horner's thumb.

The song that grabs me by the heartstrings is "Too Soon to Go." The melody is truly beautiful, and the words will make you cry.

The song that best captures the essence of the album is "Spring." Is it optimistic or fatalistic? Is Tift Merritt reflecting on the struggles and disappointments of life, or reveling in the rewards of the struggle? "It is a mystery like a lover's touch, brings a blossom from a winter's bud ...
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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Because it's fairly obvious I have a soft spot for female writers and musicians, I get more than my share of CDs by female singer-songwriters. Most seem doomed --- they're not Nashville, they're not pop, and on the few college radio stations that champion American Roots, the genre generally begins and ends with Emmylou Harris.

But "Another Country" made me hopeful about a singer I knew nothing about. Tift Merritt's songs were smart and soft and deep, and she had a honey voice that a country singer would kill for, and, on the CD cover, she was beautiful in a girl-next-door way.

Fool that I am, I thought I could help her break out of the pack.

So we met.

Our conversation was thoroughly confusing. Tift Merritt is an astonishingly nice person, not a mean bone in her body and all that. She is also tough bordering on ferocious. Not about getting somewhere, although she was clearly not immune to the charms of stardom --- her determination was about her work.

Fool that she is, she thought there was real value in making music that mattered, music that aspired to art.

"Traveling Alone" might just qualify. It could not be more timeless, less trendy. It has just the right proportion of kick-ass songs to whispered meditations. She's supported by first-class musicians and a highly regarded producer. It's so well written that a line like "beauty is defiance in the face of death" is a throwaway. Maybe, just maybe, the planets are aligned in her favor this time.

I couldn't resist a rematch.

JK: A CD has become a collection of 99 cent singles to download. But this feels like a real album, not a shot at single hits.

TM: Exactly.

JK: Isn't that suicidal?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tift Finds Her Sweet Spot October 2, 2012
By A. Orr
Format:Audio CD
I am not YET prepared to declare this is Tift's best recording effort to date. However, I am prepared to say it feels like her most organically consistent and delightful work and to declare it as my favorite.

I've been reveling in Traveling Alone since obtaining a copy at Tift's CD release celebration on 9/21 in Carrboro, NC. Suffice it to say, Tift serves up a sensuously satisfying eleven course musical meal; eleven elegantly simple and straightforward songs deliciously seasoned to cook at a low simmer. This album is so understated and subtle that I predict you'll find it imperceptibly sneaking up on you until, by the conclusion of this meal, you realize your feeling satiated and not wanting the afterglow to end - which by the standards of any musical cookbook, is the mark of a great album and impeccable taste.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tift Does It Again! October 17, 2012
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Ever since her 2002 debut album BRAMBLE ROSE, Tift Merritt has proven to be, for my money, the finest singer to come into the music scene in this century. BRAMBLE ROSE and its four successors (TAMBOURINE; ANOTHER COUNTRY; BUCKINGHAM SOLO; SEE YOU ON THE MOON) showed Tift, a longtime veteran of the North Carolina music scene, to be a truly great artist, with a unique and literary style of songwriting, and a breezy, intelligent, un-Autotuned voice that is solid for the alternative country/Americana genre she is generally put into, but also a love for the "old school" country-rock of Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, whose musical spirits have informed not only Tift but about four generations of very like-minded female country and roots-rock singers.

This tradition continues on her sixth album, TRAVELING ALONE, which she recorded with producer/engineer Tucker Martine (who worked with her on SEE YOU ON THE MOON in 2010) in her adapted hometown of Brooklyn. Even in the urban setting she recorded it in, there is a great deal of rusticity that is kind of a cross between her North Carolina roots and the Laurel Canyon sound of the early 1970s filtered through a 21st century alternative music sensibility, with a greater use of pedal steel (courtesy of Eric Heywood) than you'd find on a lot of mainstream country records. All eleven tracks, written by Tift herself, are brilliantly constructed and performed by her, but for me, the standout tracks in particular here are the title track itself, "Sweet Spot" (not to be confused with the similarly titled track on Linda's and Emmylou's WESTERN WALL), "Spring", and "To Myself".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great artist
Raleigh girl makes a name for herself in music takes up residence in New York and records another successful album.
Published 2 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Deluxe Version
Introduced to Merritt on a sampler CD years ago; "Broken" was the song. (Well-written and the guitar part is amazing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jahana
5.0 out of 5 stars Tift Merritt, Beautiful
This CD is so beautiful. It clearly shows Tifts talents as a singer, song writer. Her voice is hauntingly beautiful. Well worth every penny.
Published 3 months ago by Dee A. Marfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Class, class, class....
I've always been a fan of her music but somehow I've never purchased any of her vinyl. I'm sorry now that I didn't but I recently redeemed myself after seeing her last night in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by SLS
4.0 out of 5 stars A good country folk sound.
The folk influenced country voice of Tift Merrit proved to be a good companion for my ftequent cross country trips. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ken Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her better recordings...
Her singing in this just didn't do it for me, and thumbs down for yet another cardboard CD case that is too wide to fit into many CD storage racks.
Published 9 months ago by Whodathotit
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Effort
I think I've got all of Tift Merritt's CD's. She has a great voice and writes good songs, and this album is no exception. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John G
2.0 out of 5 stars Traveling Bland
I love Tift Merritt's music, at least up until now. This music is just plain boring. It wouldn't do as background music at Macy's. I know she can do better.
Published 11 months ago by Kenneth Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars best album of the year!
Much more impressive than Tift's last album -- thought provoking, soulful, and a fantastic production (sounds like T-Bone Burnett, but it's not....). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elise C. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars echoes of Emmylou
Another outstanding album by Tift Merritt. Give me more time to absorb these songs (albums with depth like this one tend to take a long time for me to properly appreciate) and I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
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