The Calling CD (2007)

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As a songwriter and performer, Mary Chapin Carpenter has long since transcended the traditional notions of genre and style, finding widespread acclaim for her poetic, elegantly - observed compositions. The Calling, her first release for Zoë/Rounder, is the most topical album she's made in her twenty-year career. While it unequivocally addresses issues both public and political - from the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina to religious zealotry to the trial-by-radio of the Dixie Chicks -- there is also something deeply personal about this extraordinary collection of songs. The album is a powerful, provocative meditation on the mysteries of fate and circumstance, which mingles timeless questions with contemporary issues. Introspective, defiant and deeply resonant, The Calling is a profound set from one of modern songwriting's most distinctive voices.

Featuring "It Must Have Happened," "We're All Right," and "On with the Song."


Label Zoe Records (rounder)
SKU 204064243
UPC 601143111129
UPC 14 00601143111129
Format CD
Release Date 3/7/2007
Author Mary-Chap Carpenter
Technical Info
Engineer Chuck Ainlay; Scott Kidd
Producer Matt Rollings; Mary Chapin Carpenter
CatalogID ZOE 1111
Lable Name Rounder
Released 03/05/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00601143111129
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Mary Chapin Carpenter (guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Tom Bukovac (electric guitar); Matt Rollings (accordion, piano); Glenn Worf (bass instrument); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar); John Jennings (electric guitar, baritone guitar, dulcimer, background vocals); Eric Darken (vibraphone, percussion); Russ Kunkel (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Chuck Ainlay.
Recording information: The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, TN.
Photographer: Traci Goudie.
Although Mary Chapin Carpenter was initially marketed as a country artist, the Princeton, New Jersey, native was always just a little too academic for the Nashville crowd. Since signing with Rounder Records' pop-oriented imprint, Zoe, she has been less restricted by genre labels, and THE CALLING is one of her most wide-ranging and eclectic records yet. Many parts of THE CALLING flirt with straightforward pop-rock in the manner of vintage Sheryl Crow, particularly "It Must Have Happened," the Tom Petty-like "Your Life Story," and "We're All Right." Elsewhere, Carpenter's trademark folkie ballads are represented by the tender "On and On It Goes" and "Twilight," while the delicate "Bright Morning Star" almost edges into quiet neo-psychedelia.
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.p.44) - "[D]ecidedly lyric driven....Snippets of intensely inspirational words will pop out at you....Carpenter's songwriting chops are stronger than ever."
No Depression (p.120) - "Carpenter continues to bring a philosophical and literary approach to her blend of folk, country and rock."
Disc 1
1 Calling, The
2 We're All Right
3 Twilight
4 It Must Have Happened
5 On And On It Goes
6 Your Life Story
7 Houston
8 Leaving Song
9 On With The Song
10 Closer And Closer Apart
11 Here I Am
12 Why Shouldn't We
13 Bright Morning Star
Product Attributes
Artist Carpenter,Mary-Chap
Label Zoe Records (rounder)
Music Format Compact Disc

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