I Can't Get There Without You

I Can't Get There Without You

by The OsmondsThe Osmonds


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The Osmonds defy a number of preconceptions. Most casual observers assume they've retired to the oldies circuit, and when they do reunite, they always bring their biggest star Donny along for the ride. This is not true. Donny broke away from his brothers when he was at his teen-idol peak and they continued without him, constantly playing gigs for over five decades and rarely recording new material. Which makes the 2012 release of Can't Get There Without You something of a big deal. As their first album of new material in nearly 30 years -- the last being 1984's One Way Rider -- Can't Get There Without You almost plays like a summation of middle of the road sounds of the past three decades, often winding up sounding like a latter-day Bee Gees attempting to make a U2 album. Sometimes, they indulge themselves in a throwback -- a nicely executed cover of America's "I Need You" -- and sometimes they almost get close to the present, as when they mimic Backstreet Boys harmonies on "Take Me Home." Often, the proceedings are just a bit more sober than the Osmonds' bubblegum rep suggestions. That doesn't necessarily mean the music is weighty, but rather that it's portentous, everything crawling along with heavy-footed deliberation. The Osmonds can overplay this card -- when they rock on "Getcha Goin' My Way" it's embarrassing, and "Break Your Fall" collapses upon its own solemnity -- but there are times where the melodies soar, and what works best are the melodies: at their best, they are almost smooth and insistent enough to rival the best album tracks of Donny Osmond's wannabe George Michael comeback of the early '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erelwine

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2012
Label: Ais
UPC: 5037300775388
catalogNumber: 0077538
Rank: 87119


  1. Break Your Fall
  2. I Can't Get There Without You
  3. Save Me
  4. I Need You
  5. Fall to Fly
  6. Take Me Home
  7. Breakable
  8. Will You Go With Me
  9. Getcha Goin' My Way
  10. Remember Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Osmonds   Primary Artist
Marie Osmond   Vocals
Donny Osmond   Vocals
James Hallawell   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Calum MacColl   Acoustic Guitar
Osmond Brothers   Vocals
Alan Osmond   Vocals
Wayne Osmond   Vocals
Nick Burton   Djembe
Jay Osmond   Vocals
Jimmy Osmond   Vocals
Merrill Osmond   Vocals
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Chris Worsey   Cello
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Millennia Strings   Strings
Tim Ross   Piano,Electric Guitar,Melodion,Wurlitzer
Kate Robinson   Violin
Emma Owens   Viola
Rachel Robson   Viola
Matthew Racher   Drums
Emil Chakalov   Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
Rory Simmons   Brass
Harry Mead   Percussion
Jake Morley   Bass Guitar
Sophia Osmond   Vocals
Ruth Lorenzo   Vocals
Carlos Garcia Valencia   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Bolton   Composer
Kit Hain   Composer
Martin Page   Composer
Gary Baker   Composer
Gerry Beckley   Composer
Tim Bran   Programming
Jess Cates   Composer
Nikki Gregoroff   Composer
Calum MacColl   Engineer
Charlton Pettus   Composer
Jeff Franzel   Composer
Jay Osmond   Composer
Jimmy Osmond   Composer,Executive Producer,Cover Design
Merrill Osmond   Composer
Cliff Maag   Vocal Engineer
Katie Taylor   Composer
Ty Lacy   Composer
James Loughrey   Engineer
Mike Busbee   Composer
Lucie Silvas   Composer
Tim Ross   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Christie Hennessy   Composer
Luke Boyd   Composer
John Cox   Engineer
Paul Mitchell   Cover Design
Alan Wayne   Composer
Gaynor Brunson   Engineer
David Wilde   Composer
Terri Shoemaker   Cover Design
Jenn Bjornstad   Vocal Engineer

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