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Small Planes (2001)

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Format: CD
Sku: 60501701
UPC: 744626005123
UPC 14: 00744626005123
Release Date: 9/25/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Rooftop ~ The Innocence Mission
2. Too Early To Say ~ The Innocence Mission
3. Migration ~ The Innocence Mission
4. Today ~ The Innocence Mission
5. Girl On My Left, The ~ The Innocence Mission
6. Song About Traveling ~ The Innocence Mission
7. Oh Do Not Fly Away ~ The Innocence Mission
8. I Left The Grounds ~ The Innocence Mission
9. Some Clear Joy Is Coming ~ The Innocence Mission
10. Small Planes ~ The Innocence Mission
11. I Have Loved You ~ The Innocence Mission
The Innocence Mission began as four friends who met during a Catholic high school production of the musical Godspell. Since 1989, they have released four critically acclaimed albums: The Innocence Mission (1989), Umbrella (1991), Glow (1995), and Birds Of My Neighborhood (1999). Through recordings and numerous tours, (on their own and with Natalie Merchant, EmmyLou Harris, 16 Horsepower) they have remained friends. Small Planes, their fifth full-length release, spans the years between 1996 and 2001, and combines new recordings with others rediscovered from the band's large, post-Glow studio archive. The result is a moving collection of eleven songs whose heartbreaking beauty is both strange and familiar. Karen Peris' haunting, transcendently lovely voice communicates with immediacy and directness, speaking to our common sorrows and joys, speaking of everyday miracles. "It's true that there is a lot of longing in these songs," she says. "Longing to cross the distances to other people, longing to stop letting good intentions go nowhere, longing to have a child. But there are also celebrations of friendships, of the brotherhood of man." Musically, Small Planes reflects old and new influences, owing as much to the Chicago-based Palace Music to Tom Waits' Bone Machine as it does to their beloved Neil Young and Simon and Garfunkel records. As on Birds Of My Neighborhood and Glow there is the wonderful marriage of Don's gorgeously warm and shimmering electric guitars with Karen's folky acoustic guitar strumming and spare piano melodies. But here, in songs like "Rooftop" and "Today," there is a new intensity to the playing of the four friends, and moments when drums, bass, guitars and piano soar with joyful abandon.

"...[singer] Peris seems a veteran of torment who came to joy through wisdom.   New York Daily News
"...the lyrics read like fine, wholly comprehensible Romantic poetry.  Los Angeles Times

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The Innocence Mission: Don (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, organ, bass, tambourine); Karen (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, Hammond organ); Mike (bass); Steve (drums).
Muze PNote Personnel: Don Peris (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, tambourine); Karen Peris (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, piano, pump organ, bass guitar); Mike Bitts (vocals); Steve Brown (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Don Peris.
Muze PNote Recording information: 2001.
Muze PNote Photographer: Dana Tynan.
Muze PNote Unfortunately for their fans, the Innocence Mission albums are few and far between. After the critically acclaimed 1995 album Glow, there was a four-year hiatus and a label switch before Birds of My Neighborhood. The band was composing a number of songs during that period, however, and Small Planes issues some of the ones that had been left behind. Albums of this sort are often full of juvenalia and throwaways, but this collection of unreleased songs is as good as many bands' major works. Karen Peris' voice is as ethereal as ever, and the stripped-down, hypnotic accompaniment conspires to create an introspective mood. Songs like "Migration" document the melancholy, depressive feelings that the Peris had when they were trying to conceive a child, while the self-explanatory "Some Clear Joy Is Coming" is pure innocence and blessedness. Always spiritual, but rarely preachy, the Innocence Mission have manage to produce another album that is unique and special, gentle, pure, and precious. ~ Stacia Proefrock

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/25/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 60051
Music Label Name Label : What Are Records? (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00744626005123

Professional Reviews

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
Karen, blessed with tremendous melodic gifts and a talent for evocative lyrics that are elliptical but menaingful, writes emotionally complex songs that walk a delicate line between melancholy and joy...

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Innocence Mission
Product attributeLabel:   What Are Records
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