Small Planes CD (2001)

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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.


Label What Are Records
SKU 60501701
UPC 744626005123
UPC 14 00744626005123
Format CD
Release Date 9/25/2001
Engineer Don Peris
Featuring Karen Peris
Featuring Don Peris
Producer Dana Tynan
ReviewSource Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
Review 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...
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Artist Innocence Mission
Label What Are Records
New York Daily News ...[singer] Peris seems a veteran of torment who came to joy through wisdom.
Los Angeles Times ...the lyrics read like fine, wholly comprehensible Romantic poetry.

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