Beauty Of The Rain CD (2003)

Artist: Dar Williams

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Relaxing, melodic, and creative, classic Dar Willi

on 3/3/2003

I came home from work today with a bad headache, and put on this cd for the first time. The soft, deep sound of Dar's voice was just what I needed to relax. Soothing and romantic, it would be a great background for an evening alone with someone you love.

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Dar hits new heights

on 7/1/2003

Dar takes it up another level with "Beauty"-- this classic is one of the top 10 theme albums, all time. Dar reminds one of a young Joni Mitchell in her energy and creativity. Quality acoustic numbers can be heard once again here with Dar's unique, touching, sometimes breaking voice, but the breakthrough is the fuller sound and building rhythm on such songs as "Mercy of the Fallen" and "The World's Not Falling Apart." I only hope that fame and fortune will not sidetrack Dar from her art as "Beauty" delivers the little-known Dar to commercial success.

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On her latest album, The Beauty of The Rain, Dar Williams takes another step forward, showcasing a new, fuller sound, as well as her mastery at mapping out the emotional terrain of people whose lives are in transition. Recorded in a studio in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood, The Beauty of the Rain was produced by Steuart Lerman and Rob Hyman, and features guest appearances by a remarkable array of talent: Alison Krauss on vocals, Bela Fleck on banjo, John Popper manning the harmonica and backup vocals, Stefan Lessard (of Dave Matthews Band) on bass, John Medeski on keyboards, Chris Botti on trumpet, Cliff Eberhardt on vocals and Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident) on fiddle. The idea to bring in so many illustrious guests came from Dar, who decided to make her song arrangements richer and denser this time around. "It can be a little lonely sometimes being a girl with a guitar," she says. "I wanted to reach out into the world and see what else was going on."


Label Razor And Tie Records
SKU 60589094
UPC 793018288620
UPC 14 00793018288620
Format CD
Release Date 2/18/2003
Author Dar Williams
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Kress; Robert Battaglia; Richard Battaglia; Steve Addabbo; Stewart Lerman; Will Schillinger; William Wittman
Producer Rob Hyman; Stewart Lerman
CatalogID 82886
Lable Name Razor & Tie
Released 2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 37m : 27s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00793018288620
Musical Guests
Chris Botti
Cliff Eberhardt
Bela Fleck
John Popper
John Medeski
Alison Krauss
Stefan Lessard
Michael Kang
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Dar Williams (vocals, guitar); Alison Krauss (vocals, fiddle); John Popper (vocals, harmonica); Cliff Eberhardt (vocals); Eric Bazilian (guitar, mandolin); Steuart Smith (guitar, 12-string guitar, piano); Bela Fleck (banjo); David Mansfield (violin); Michael Kang (fiddle); Chris Botti (trumpet); Rob Hyman (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, melodica); John Medeski (Hammond B-3 organ); John Medeski (keyboards); Steffan Lessard, William Wittman, Stewart Lerman, Paul Sokolow (bass); Steve Holley, Sammy Merendino (drums); Carol Steele (percussion).
Recorded at the Shinebox, New York, New York.
Personnel: Dar Williams (vocals, guitar); John Popper (vocals, harmonica); Cliff Eberhardt, Alison Krauss (vocals); Steuart Smith (guitar, 12-string guitar, E-bow, harmonica, piano); Eric Bazilian (guitar, mandolin); Stewart Lerman (guitar, keyboards); B?la Fleck (banjo); David Mansfield , Michael Kang (violin); Rob Hyman (melodica, piano, reed organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Chris Botti (trumpet); John Medeski (piano, Clavinet); Steve Holley, Sammy Merendino (drums); Carol Steele (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Steve Addabbo; William Wittman.
Recording information: DBM, Ruckersville, WV; Elmstreet Studios, Conshohocken, PA; Pilot Sound, New York, NY; Shelter Island Sound; The Sanctuary, Nashville, TN; The Shinebox, New York, NY.
Photographers: Ronald K. Fierstein; Ken Schles.
Dar Williams' fifth album THE BEAUTY OF THE RAIN finds the singer-songwriter getting around the loneliness of being "a girl with a guitar" and chronicling her move from New York City to Massachusetts by breaking out her little black book to reel in a number of famous names. The result is a fuller-sounding album minus the kind of forced chemistry that occurs when it's an artist's label rather than the artist who arranges such an all-star affair. This organically flowing record benefits from the contributions of people like Alison Krauss (the harmony-brushed "The One Who Knows"), Blues Traveler's John Popper (a chugging "I Saw a Bird Fly Away"), and trumpeter Chris Botti (the subdued title cut).
Other guests are more content to blend into the musical background, be it Bela Fleck (a twangy "Fishing in the Morning") or Medeski, Martin & Wood organist John Medeski (the stirring "Farewell to the Old Me.") RAIN also finds Williams delivering a chilling reading of the Band's "Whispering Pines" and forming a rare songwriting partnership with former Hooter Rob Hyman (the lightly trilling "Closer to Me.")
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/6/03, p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Williams is an earnest and unadorned vocalist....She seems more at ease than ever..."
Dirty Linen (06-07/03, p.87) - "...Bursts out of the starting blocks with the breathtaking rush of 'The World's Not Falling Apart'..."
Disc 1
1 Mercy Of The Fallen
2 Farewell To The Old Me - (featuring Stefan Lessard & John Medeski)
3 I Saw A Bird Fly Away - (featuring John Popper & John Medeski)
4 Beauty Of The Rain, The - (featuring Chris Botti)
5 World's Not Falling Apart - (featuring Stefan Lessard & Michael Kang)
6 One Who Knows, The - (featuring Alison Krauss)
7 Closer To Me - (featuring Bela Fleck)
8 Fishing In The Morning - (featuring Bela Fleck & Michael Kang)
9 Whispering Pines - (Chris Botti, Cliff Eberhardt, and Alison Krauss, featuring Steffan Lessard)
10 Your Fire Your Soul - (featuring John Medeski)
11 I Have Lost My Dreams

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