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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002IQHZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vuelta by Richard Shindell

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Vuelta is Shindell's first new studio album since moving to Argentina in 2000. (2002's Courier was a live set recorded at venues around New York City the year prior.) The nine originals here are joined by a cover of Pete Seeger's "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," all of which are united by a keen sense of portraiture, quiet dignity, and subtle narrative dramatics. It may well be that living abroad has sharpened his talent for telling stories set back home, in some cases through the eyes of foreigners or the disenfranchised. The emotionally compelling characters range from the taxi driver in "The Last Fare of the Day" to the little girl and her bird in "There Goes Mavis." --David Greenberger

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The rest of the songs are very listenable as well.
Rob K
They very ably support Richard's stellar guitar work and vocals, supplying arrangements that frame the songwriter's work without overpowering it.
Larry L. Looney
Vuelta, the latest release from Richard Shindell is the best of his albums yet to date.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on September 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Richard Shindell's music for several years -- and while he's not an extremely prolific artist, each release is filled with finely-crafted songs of the highest order, melodic and insightful. The lyrics are some of the most literate being produced today -- right up there with some of my other songwriting heroes, such as Jack Hardy and Eric Taylor. Each song is like a mini-novel -- there are stories to be told, characters to introduce, moods and settings to be drawn. Shindell does all of this with grace and style -- I hear these new songs from the heart and in the voice of an 'old friend', welcome at long last on the shores of my consciousness.

One of Richard's strongest points as a writer (in my humble opinion) is his amazing ability to take the point of view of his characters and voice is accurately and honestly as his own, to the extent that he makes the story told by the song immediately believable and accepted by the listener. There are songs on every release that illustrate this -- on this CD, I would cite 'Che Guevara t-shirt' and 'The last fare of the day' as examples of this. The song 'So says the whipporwill' speaks eloquently to our innate fear of stepping outside of the 'safe' boundaries we have set for our lives -- much as 'Out beyond the iron gate' on REUNION HILL did, but not in a repetative way by any means. 'There goes Mavis' deals with some of these fears and challenges in a different way -- a little girl is setting her canary free into the world, with her mother warning her that the bird will never survive outside of its cage.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Alderfer on April 19, 2005
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I will just add one more note to all the fine (and largely accurate) reviews given here...I own all of Richard Shindell's recordings; and then some. Like several other reviewers, I bought 'Vuelta' sight-unseen as soon as it was released. Unlike some others, I did not immediately fall in love with it. Richard's musical style has shifted and flowed through the years, and this album is no exception. Something about the new "flavor" did not grab me right away - as is usually the case.

Luckily for me, I kept listening to 'Vuelta' simply to become immersed in Richard's consistantly wonderful storytelling. Details emerge with every listen to his songs. The rest took care of itself, as 'Vuelta' is now the Richard Shindell CD that I most often reach for.

If you have been exposed to Richard's music, and still do not have this CD - buy it. Whether on the first listen, or the tenth...you will be glad you did.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beemerguy53 on August 29, 2004
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There are only a few musicians whose work is so consistently good that I will buy their latest releases sight unseen, without having to preview them, knowing that I will like what I hear. Richard Shindell is one such musician.

Of course, he is so much more than simply a "musician." Mr. Shindell crafts beautiful stories about ordinary people, bringing us into their lives and hearts and minds. And though he notes on his website that there is a difference between writing poetry and writing lyrics, I have always thought of him as a poet who sets his work to music. His just-released Vuelta is a masterpiece of storytelling and imagery and musicianship.

A tourist on an eroding island; a stowaway on a freighter trying to reach America; a taxi driver in New York City: Mr. Shindell writes about all of them, simply yet eloquently, and makes them come alive for us in tunes that are, like his lyrics, simple but awesomely beautiful. There are songs on Vuelta so exquisite they can move you to tears.

Although this entire album is thoroughly enjoyable, I was particularly drawn to two songs: Mr. Shindell's cover of Pete Seeger's classic "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," and Mr. Shindell's composition "Cancion Sensilla." I've heard "Waist Deep..." many times over the years, but have never really cared for it until hearing this arrangement. Mr. Shindell conveys perfectly the stupidity of, and disdain for, authoritarian arrogance that is the theme of the song, and it seems especially topical and appropriate at this time in our history.

The liner notes for the album refer the reader to Mr. Shindell's website ([...]) for the translation of Cancion Sensilla, which turns out, delightfully, to be about his great love for his wife and his desire to learn her native language.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PhotoSmith on September 24, 2004
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Vuelta, the latest release from Richard Shindell is the best of his albums yet to date. This singer/songwriter/producer aims for perfection and hits the nail on the head every time. His story-like songs are captivating, painting vivid pictures with lyrics and melodies that draw you into each song, making the experience even more moving. This is a song-writer that commands the listener to truly pay attention and appreciate the lyrics that he has woven together to create very memorable songs. Puente Celeste has also collaborated on this album, adding subtleties to each song, that compliment Richard's own musical talents. The best track on the album is "Last Fare of the Day, also very good are "There Goes Mavis" and "Che Guevara T-Shirt". I highly recommend this album to anyone who has a strong appreciation for music, as this man is an amazing artist that deserves the listener's attention and respect. He truly is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time.
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