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9th Ward Pickin Parlor

Shawn MullinsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Since we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and bandleader has undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song ... Read more in Amazon's Shawn Mullins Store

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  • Audio CD (February 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue As You
2. Beautiful Wreck
3. Cold Black Heart
4. Faith
5. Homemade Wine
6. Talkin' Goin' To Alaska Blues
7. We Could Go And Start Again
8. Kelly's Song
9. Find Love
10. All Fall Down
11. Lay Down Your Sword, Boys
12. Solitaire
13. House Of the Rising Sun

Editorial Reviews

With acoustic tracks recorded at the titular New Orleans studio, pre-Hurricane Katrina, Mullins has crafted a diverse offering that encompasses folk, rock, Celtic, and country, often interlocking in the same tune. He aims for early Black Crowes territory on the gospel-laced 'Faith', and gives a personal spin to a self-penned murder ballad 'Cold Black Heart', which is dominated by his work on charango, an Andean mandolin. Vanguard. 2006.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Recording from a Favorite Singer/Songwriter February 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Shawn Mullins fan since I picked up a copy of Soul's Core several years ago. On the strength of that recording, I also bought Beneath the Velvet Sun, which also has some excellent songs. I then proceeded to buy his back-catalog to complete my collection.

It was with much anticipation that I followed the creation of 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor. I will say I'm pleased with the result. While I have my favorite songs on the new release (Beautiful Wreck, Homemade Wine, Find Love, and the cover of Rising Sun), the remainder of the collection is still very good.

Be forewarned, however, that this is an eclectic recording. If you are expecting all of the songs to be similar, you will be disappointed. If, however, you appreciate Mullins' ability to do different kinds of music, you will enjoy the recording.

I enjoy this record and the variety of sounds and styles Mullins presents. In fact, this is another one of those recordings that took a little time to grow on me. But, as I listen to it repeatedly, it's holding its own against the remainder of my collection.

My bottom line: It's eclectic with some great tunes punctuated with some tunes that are different than normal Mullins' fare.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the other reviewers are saying it is... February 16, 2006
By Eric
Format:Audio CD
This is my plea to the many potential customers like myself who use these reviews as a partial basis for the decision whether to buy a disc or not - Don't rely too heavily on the reviews here! This is a great disc, and while it might not be revolutionary, it is certainly better than the earlier reviewers here stated. Shawn Mullins has said that this disc was his repudiation of the over-produced, big-label sound that so heavily influenced his last two discs (yes, including the much loved "Soul's Core"), and I am here to tell you that he has absolutely succeeded in that endeavor. 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor has a sound that is at once tradionally archaic and refreshingly 'real'. There is no trace of electronically produced drum beats or computer-corrected instrumentation here - I think that too many people have come to expect the perfection and amazing sounds that can be created in today's Pro-Tools world to appreciate an album like this any more. While I would agree that, when taken as a whole, this particular set of tunes isn't perhaps as strong as those that can be found on some of Shawn's earlier works, I would caution those of you who allow that comment alone to form the basis for your decision not to buy this CD. Almost all of these songs are quite strong, and the disc takes on an almost meloncholy tone of a man who is nearing middle age and is coming to terms with the reality of the world around him. Gone is the youthful optimism of songs like 'Ruth and Mary' - in it's place are songs that comment on the fractured nature of the world around us.

Give this CD a chance... I can almost guarantee that you will find it to be a better disc than much of what else is being produced by the majors these days! Highly recommended!!

A note on the four stars - A disc must be truly revolutionary to get five from me... four is a great review from me!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my new all-time favorites February 21, 2006
By Joy
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD! I can't believe that I almost didn't buy it because of some of the reviews here. I guess it's not for everyone. People have their own tastes. However, if you love the range of Mullins' voice and acoustic guitar, I think you'll really like this album. I especially like Alaska and Faith. It feels like an eclectic mix of stuff with some Celtic and maybe a bit of gospel influence. I think its variety is one of its strengths, contrary to what some others have said. Sample it and then buy it if you like good acoustic and music with heart and soul.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album- February 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have never written a review before, but I saw that this one wasn't 5-stars and I just couldn't let it slide. This cd has all the acoustic sense of Big Blue Sky and the mature production sensibility of the last two albums. I was worried when Soul's Core first came out that Shawn's music would loose it's raw power in the more polished production. Boy was I wrong; he just keeps getting better and better. This album is more acoustic than the last two, but to say it has no emotional depth is crazy. There is not a "B" song on the whole thing. He achieves more depth of charater and varied textures with his voice than 99% of the acts out there get with their whole bands.

On top of that, I was lucky enough to meet him at Eddie's Attic a few months ago and there is not a more gracious, more down to earth artist anywhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Man Comes Around February 16, 2006
By Rob M.
Format:Audio CD
This is a superb album from the highly-underrated singer-songwriter Mullins. "Parlor" is the proper follow-up to "Soul's Core" and presents his finest bunch of songs to date. Mullins has always been something of an anomaly on the modern music scene, and he embraces his most idiosyncratic tendencies here to wonderful effect, resulting in an eclectic, luscious album. His melodic ear has never been sharper, as is evident on "Faith," "We Could Go And Start Again," and especially on the gorgeous "Find Love." Mullins' biggest strength has always been his knack for writing tunes with a particular humanist shine and a dash of whimsy; the semi-acoustic production knits well with his songwriting sensibility, no small feat after his two previous efforts (his previous solo album and his recording stint as a member of the folk supergroup The Thorns), which struggled to find a good sonic counterpoint with the songwriting. Mullins, who also produced the album, is operating at the height of his powers and I recommend this under-the-radar gem highly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own this CD.
Great songs and a wonderful, sexy voice. By far the best Shawn Mullins choice. Everyone should definitely own this CD.
Published 10 months ago by Michele Zuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
Love Love Love this CD. It is a must have! Can't wait to see Shawn in concert some day. Keep the music coming!
Published 16 months ago by Lynn Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Love Shawn Mullins- his lyrics are excellent, love the quality and depth of his voice. Would definitely recommend it. Good stuff.
Published 17 months ago by JEL
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW what an album
Please Please Please buy this album and experience it for yourself, promise it won't disappoint you.
Once again I will say.....Please Shawn, do a tour to Australia!!!!!
Published 17 months ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Simmers
I picked up "9th Ward Pickin' Parlor" six years after it was first available. Mullins' version of "House of the Rising Sun" has a slow soulful build with the electric guitar... Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by Lee Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars A very refreshing CD
I hadn't bought a Shawn Mullins CD until this one - 'Beautiful Wreck' pulled me in and I'm now a dedicated fan. (I've since bought 'Light You Up' as well). Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Frank Bright
3.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Mullins
Same with this one. I like the music but I definately need to be in a seriously mello mood to listen to it.
Published on June 13, 2008 by Patricia Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, crisp, impressive CD
My taste in music ranges from the Blues to Southern and Classic Rock, to mellow Rock. I would place Shawn in the category of David Gray except add the great sounding acoustic... Read more
Published on March 21, 2008 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the beaten track, but still a winner
I have long been a fan of Shawn Mullins and 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor only strengthens my opinion that Shawn is one of the most underrated musicians out there. Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by Tennis5
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