Leave the Sad Things Behind

Leave the Sad Things Behind

by Paula FrazerPaula Frazer


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As time has gone on, the putative differences between alt-country and classic country and any further number of subdivisions have all seemed to blend into a haze, creating a zone where souls can pursue their own muses to their hearts' content. Paula Frazer's own work since the end of Tarnation has confirmed this, with Leave the Sad Things Behind being an album that can be heard through any number of contexts -- immediate reference points include Patsy Cline, Lee Hazlewood (the fuzz guitar leading into a brass arrangement starting "No Other" is a killer tip of the hat), even some classic Motown on the uptempo "Funny Things." The trick lies in synthesizing it all into something distinct, a gift that Frazer happily possesses much like her fellow spirits in the Walkabouts -- so when there's a sudden blast of feedback and keening toward the end of "Watercolor Lines" that's more Siouxsie than June Carter, she can turn it around on "It's Not Ordinary" with a performance, touched with just the right amount of echo, that takes a listener back to 1969 just like that. Of her core backing band, Patrick Main might be the secret weapon, thanks to his lovely piano work throughout and other moments like the organ on "Taken," but Frazer's guitar playing is the heart, a gentle lope on "Waiting for You" and a stronger freakout elsewhere. When everything comes together and hits a peak, the result is a pure delight -- the title track, with its steady, hold-your-head-up spirits, being a particular standout.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Birdman
UPC: 0607287007823
catalogNumber: 78
Rank: 209091

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paula Frazer   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Carrie Bradley   Violin
Joan Jeanrenaud   Cello
Tom Heyman   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sean Coleman   fender rhodes
John Hofer   Percussion
Patrick Main   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marc Capelle   Flugelhorn
Thom Moore   Background Vocals
Scott Hirsch   Bass,Bass Guitar
James Kim   Drums
Wendy Allen   Background Vocals
Cynthia Wigginton   Violin
Ellen Gronningen   Viola
Greg Moore   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paula Frazer   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Sean Coleman   Engineer
David Katznelson   Producer
Patrick Main   String Arrangements
Kevin Ink   Engineer
Michael "Mick" Wilson   Engineer
Simone Rubi   Art Direction

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