- Audio CD (March 5, 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Redeye Label
- ASIN: B00B2TU7LK
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,781 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If her first two albums were cross-country treks, High Tide is a trans-Atlantic voyage. Leaving all preconceptions of the banjo-wielding songstress behind, Whitworth's new adventure steers into waters both familiar and refreshingly new. Just as her music stems from Appalachian roots but sheds its traditional skin at the door, High Tide begins with a journey to the sea that takes rest stops in reverb-drenched jazz and indie rock along the way, setting the mood for a tight but playful expedition.
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What sets this album apart is an uncommonly smart production that grabs your interest from the innovative title track and then holds it to the very end. It is that rare album that gets better with repeated playing and is more than the sum of it's parts... and the parts are very very good.
It is important to know how clean and professional the production is, this is not a throw-back recording to early Americana sounds, on the contrary the album has a touch of the modern and even the later Sun Records to it.
The songs stream along effortlessly, they carry the weight off of this beautiful vocalists' back; and may very well do the same for you. All of the music has a open-breath to it, widescreen and refreshing.
High Tide is an album of very good songs, very well sung. The songs have an indie/folk feel to them and Shannon Whitworth has a lovely, slightly mournful voice with the occasional creak which she uses beautifully in this material. It is largely melancholy but not sentimental, with good tunes, some lovely harmonies and plenty of intelligent, evocative lyrics (although, to be honest I could have done without Another Time opening with the vacuous "Everything happens when it's destined to be..."). The only slightly weak song for me is Isis; the rest are very good indeed, including a fine cover of Mark Knopfler's So far Away.
The band is very good with laid-back but robust and very skilful playing, and the production is excellent - not over-done but with a great, full sound from vocals and band. I like the fact that the album is reasonably short: ten songs totalling around 40 minutes so that there is almost no filler, just concentrated good music.
Shannon Whitworth has been a joyous discovery for me, and I recommend this album very warmly.