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Tell Me (2011)

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Format: CD
Sku: 219412809
UPC: 075597977738
UPC 14: 00075597977738
Release Date: 2/8/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I'll Be the One That You Want Someday ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
2. Our Hearts Are Wrong ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
3. Blue Skies Again ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
4. Somewhere In Your Heart ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
5. Grown Man ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
6. Trouble ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
7. Nervous Lonely Night ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
8. Sometimes At Night ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
9. Tell Me ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
10. Run Myself Into the Ground ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield
11. Sleepless ~ Jessica Lea Mayfield

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Kennie Takahashi.
Muze PNote Photographer: Rachel Williamson.
Muze PNote Tell Me is 21-year-old songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield's sophomore effort and her debut for Nonesuch. Produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach (again), these 11 songs reflect a more ambitious sonic palette for Mayfield's moody, broken love songs. While comparisons to Laura Marling are inevitable, Mayfield's songs -- and Auerbach's production -- touch but also reach far outside singer/songwriter fare toward indie rock terrain. Mayfield's songs are darker, with more discontent, and all contain elements of the subtly sinister or perverse. In her Kent, OH drawl she moves ghostlike through a no-woman's land of loss, want, and discontent, discarding what her protagonists already possess in favor of something much more elusive and possibly dangerous. The album opens with the rootsy "I'll Be the One That You Want Someday," with reverb aplenty from Auerbach's guitar, highlighted by a piano, electric bass, and drum kit. It's country-flavored, but it pushes at those limits. "Our Hearts Are Wrong" follows suit with Auerbach playing even meaner reverb-laden guitar and an organ by Scott Hartlaub. The lyrics scorn a lover but not without counting the cost: "...The only time I miss you is every single day." The album changes shape in "Blue Skies Again," where a throbbing bassline by David Mayfield chugs the melody into strident indie rock, as layers of guitar and drum loops underscore the vocal; on the verses it's weary and lonesome, but the refrains turn that upside down. The male backing "doo wop" choruses add a perverse element to her lyrics, turning the song's optimism into irony. "Grown Man" features innocent-sounding analog synths and cheap drum machines that stand in sharp contrast to Mayfield's brazenly sexual lyrics as she lets want and enticement drip freely in her vocal. "Nervous Lonely Night" could have been recorded by the Shins, with its swooping "ooo-oooo" group choruses highlighted by a squiggly synth. While "Sometimes at Night" is a 21st century version of a country waltz, "Tell Me" is indie rock futurism with a nostalgic, exotic twist. This sets up the most dramatic and beautiful track on the set -- the languid "Run Myself into the Ground" -- before the Americana singer/songwriter fare of "Sleepless" closes the set. Tell Me is slicker and delightfully weirder than its predecessor, but its emotion and craft ring true throughout. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Dan Auerbach

Engineer: Dan Auerbach

Artist Overview

Singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield made her recording debut on the Black Keys album Attack & Release, singing on "Things Ain't Like They Used to Be." Her debut recording (under the name Chittlin') was her CD White Lies. On September 16, 2008, Polymer Sounds released her first full-length album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and she went on tour opening for the band. Continuing her association with Auerbach, she also appeared on the frontman's first solo record, Keep It Hid, and enlisted his help in recording her second album, Tell Me, which doubled as her first release for Nonesuch and was released in early 2011. ~ William Ruhlmann

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations High Cotton:tribute To Alabama

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/08/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7559797773
Music Label Name Label : Polymer Sounds
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 : 00075597977738

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.65)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Producer Dan Auerbach gives Mayfield's confessions a darker hue, layering on tremolo guitar while nudging the noirish country songs toward British Invasion pop."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- 'Her appealingly sleepy, lonesome drawl owes something to Beth Orton....Lean, unsentimental alt-country..."

Paste (magazine)
- "TELL ME is all meaty guitar licks and sad-edged vocals, like Fleetwood Mac for the blog generation."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[D]elivered in a dry, laconic voice, between a Lucinda Williams drawl and a Hope Sandoval breathiness. The results are dark, dangerous and utterly compelling."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Mayfield,Jessica Le
Product attributeLabel:   Nonesuch Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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