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
Compilation Appearance Empire Records
Compilation Appearance 5 Classic Soundtracks
Compilation Appearance Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Ost)
Technical Info
CatalogID 60051
Lable Name What Are Records? (USA)
Released 09/25/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00744626005123
Album Notes and Credits
The Innocence Mission: Don (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, organ, bass, tambourine); Karen (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, Hammond organ); Mike (bass); Steve (drums).
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).
Audio Mixer: Don Peris.
Recording information: 2001.
Photographer: Dana Tynan.
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
Disc 1
1 Rooftop
2 Too Early To Say
3 Migration
4 Today
5 Girl On My Left, The
6 Song About Traveling
7 Oh Do Not Fly Away
8 I Left The Grounds
9 Some Clear Joy Is Coming
10 Small Planes
11 I Have Loved You
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...
Product Attributes
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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