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Nevertheless "Seven Angels on a Bicycle" seems a determined and mostly successful effort to broaden Rodriguez's range from the basically country/folk sound of her duet albums with Taylor--the instrumental colors are much more varied, with world-music, techno-pop and jazz flavors evident. In this "Angels" brings Emmylou Harris' recent work to mind, and just as with Harris, the album occasionally skirts the edge of overproduction. What keeps it from going over is, first, the quality of the material--Taylor's songs in particular are edgy and interesting, a certain hard self-awareness keeping even the most torchy ballads from slipping into corn (not printing his frequently intricate lyrics is an annoying drawback of the otherwise glamorous production). Second, Rodriguez' voice is strong enough to keep from getting buried in the background. In some of the slow numbers, "He Ain't Jesus" and "Big Kiss" in particular, she lets loose with full-throated sounds that some more mainstream pop queens would be proud to possess. All is not lost for fans of earlier albums, though; "Never Gonna Be Your Bride" and "I Don't Want to Play House Anymore" mine familiar funky-country territory with entertaining results. All in all, "Seven Angels on a Bicycle" will not disappoint fans of this very talented young artist.
This CD is a stretch for Carrie. Most of the songs are more cosmic than country -- with a bit of India, jazz, and techno-pop. I like the songs best where her twang comes through most strongly with a background of guitar and banjo that could have been arranged by Ravi Shankar. (My wife, however, doesn't like this CD -- although she much enjoys the Taylor/Rodriguez collaborations.) Down home pickin' and Carrie's bluegrass fiddle really come to the fore only on "Never Gonna be Your Bride" and "I Don't Want to Play House Anymore" which may be the best song on the CD.
If you're a country fan you might test drive your taste for this by previewing "Seven Angels on a Bicycle" which is typical of the album as a whole. I like most of the tracks -- although some are a bit draggy and an additional uptempo number or two might have made the CD even stronger. On first listen, I like this CD, and Carrie's new direction. I'll see how it ages.
A perfect work of Carrie, Frisell, Leisz and the rest of musicians.
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i have the first four works by her with chip taylor and this one just doesn't come close although good in her own way it isn't the sound i'm looking forPublished on September 7, 2008 by Richard E. Watson
I have never heard such a boring,monotone style. This music is absolutely depressing.Music is supposed to make you feel good, not down. Read morePublished on December 11, 2006 by G. Nasch
this is the record nora jones was supposed to make. adult music. complex and very listenable. it keeps getting better. highly reccommended.Published on October 14, 2006 by M. Glasow
Haunting and Mysterious and Original - a great album. Every track is solid. I really like this cd.Published on August 26, 2006 by cdog