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Cedar + Gold

Cedar + Gold

October 2, 2012
4.6 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 49:48
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  • ASIN: B009B2WYB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,570 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is one of the most achingly beautiful albums I've heard in years. I rarely buy whole albums from any artist anymore, but this was an exception. The songs tell the story of a failed relationship, but Prettyman spins all that pain into some hauntingly beautiful songs. "Say Anything" and "I Was Gonna Marry You" brought tears to my eyes, but TP doesn't wallow. "My Oh My" and "Quit You" are upbeat, and "Never Say Never" reminds us "you can't start a fire in the pouring rain." Tristan is the real deal: a strong, honest, and an example of how to spin gold out of pain. Love the woman as much as her music! This album makes me want to curl up with a blanket in front of the fire and listen to the songs over and over.
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At my age (55), I am very surprised to become a fan of a new talent. I really enjoy Tristan Prettyman's songs on this album. It's wonderful to have something new to listen to. It's been years since I've been this excited about a new musical talent.
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This record deserves a Grammy. Every song is really really good. The more I listen the more I cant stop singing the songs in my head. The record grows on you and each song gets better and better each time you listen. You will not be disappointed. The record clearly shows Tristans talents and style are well diversified. She's rocking the house to laid back to electronica all in one record. Very well done. Go girl....Cedar + Gold
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The California surfer girl hailing from San Diego is back with her fourth album of raw, emotionally wrenching songs. Armed with a dusky alto voice capable of ranging as far as the emptiness of lonely can go, with Cedar + Gold she delivers an album of alt-rock/folk/country that her fans have been waiting a long 4 years to hear.

With her first three recordings, 2003's Love Ep , 2005's Twentythree (Dig) which delivered the hit, "Love, Love, Love" and 2008's Hello , Prettyman parlayed her talent and laid-back surfer-girl-from-San Diego charm into an eight-year career studded with highlights that included Hello's No. 2 position on the iTunes Digital Albums chart and headlining tours across the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Instead of racing back to the studio, Prettyman took an extended break during which she traveled the globe, had vocal cord surgery, ended an engagement, and questioned whether she even wanted to be a musician at all.

Thankfully, the answer to that soul searching question was yes. These tunes examine those highs and lows, the loss and redemption. "I started writing from a place that was so deep and honest, where I didn't hold anything back," she says. "It felt so good. I was like, 'This is what music is about - being able to release what is trapped inside of you.' Whenever anything caused me pain, I'd tell myself, 'Save it for the record.'"

Prettyman enlisted producer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry) who plays piano, bass, drums, and some guitar on the album. "Greg forced me to step into really being a musician and owning what I do," she says. "Once I did that, I got super creative and the songs started coming from a different place. It was a very intuitive process.
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I love her voice. However there is no warning that there are curse words on the album. I bought it for my mom based on what I had heard and then listened tho the whole thing and found curse words. My mom is very conservative Christian. I had to call her and warn her not to listen to Bad Drug and Rebound.

I love this CD though.
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After waiting so long for Tristan Prettyman to record another album, I was disappointed that she has fallen under the spell of all the female singers who feel compelled to tell us how they have been wronged by their men. It seems that Adele established a trend that is going to be with us for a long time. Tristan's earlier album had a little of everything and has been a mainstay on my playlist. I wondered what had happened to such a talented singer when there was no followup recording. I have now learned she is recovering from a broken engagement and apparently didn't feel like recording new songs. If this album is an indication of where she is, I wish she had waited a little longer. Her mood runs from gloomy to angy to smartass. And her producer has added commercialism that was refreshingly absent from her previous recording. Hopefully Cedar & Gold was an opportunity for Tristan to clear her head and she will get back to what she does best when she returns to the recording studio.
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Like Taylor Swift, Prettyman uses her recent breakup as fertile fodder for song. As her prior Hello and Twentythree paid witness, Prettyman is no slouch as a writer, but heartbreak now makes her melodies and words particularly incisive. Songs like “Second Chance” or “My Oh My” channel her hurt into big choruses of affirmation that the real loser is he who left. Just try not singing along. Emotional shrapnel is worked through in songs like “Deep Blue Ocean,” as Prettyman channels Shelby Lynne and scales back to simple bass and pedal-steel, making the ache palpable. The penultimate “Rebound” proffers a very frank assessment of exactly what a rebound is good for. And in the closer, “Never Say Never,” Prettyman tries to sum up, but collapses into a mirror monologue to Mr. Gone. Love hurts, a heart blurts, and art gleams in cedar and gold.
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