Mischievous Moon [Bonus Track]

Mischievous Moon [Bonus Track]

by Jill BarberJill Barber


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The first notes of the first song on this album fill you with foreboding: brushed drums, a simple string bassline, and even simpler piano chords played in pulsing eighth notes, Fats Domino style. Sweet Mother of Claudine Longet, you wonder, what have I gotten myself into? Then Jill Barber's voice comes in, with that unmistakable mid-century blend of little-girl timbre and orotund vowels, and you have your answer: you've gotten yourself into a mess of nostalgia, and the only thing that will deliver you to the other side of these 41 minutes with your sanity intact will be the quality of the songs. Luckily for you, these are great songs. Also luckily for you, Jill Barber and her co-conspirators recognize no functional difference between torch ballads, Patsy Cline-era country music, and cocktail jazz. Best of all, if their love of these various musical anachronisms is ironic, it's impossible to tell -- the wordless background vocals, the plinking pianos, the string sections, and Barber's little-girl-about-town singing style all combine to create what sounds like a purely and sincerely loving pastiche of musical elements that, for anyone under the age of 60, will sound both eerily familiar (from movies your parents like) and utterly foreign. From the decorous cha-cha of "Took Me by Surprise" (with its unbelievably cheesy horn chart) to the torchy orchestral pop of "Tenderness," the music is certainly gimmicky, but the pleasure is real. And this is pop music, people: pleasure is pretty much all that counts. [The CD was also released with a bonus track, "All My Dreams."]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
Label: Outside Music
UPC: 0623339907729
catalogNumber: 9077
Rank: 79924

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Barber   Primary Artist
Ron Sexsmith   Vocals
Michael Davidson   Vibes
Victor Bateman   Bass
Kevin Fox   Cello
Alex Grant   Cello,Leader
Bryden Baird   Flugelhorn
Chris Church   Violin
Cooper   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bells
Matthew Barber   Vocals
William Carn   Trombone
Allison Outhit   Vocals
Nancy Kershaw   Violin
Karen Graves   Violin,Leader
Kathleen Kajioka   Violin
Emma-Lee   Vocals,Harmony
Sheldon Valleau   Ukulele
Peter Elkas   Harmony
Drew Jurecka   Clarinet,Strings,Violin,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Concert Master,Soloist,Harmony
Adam Warner   Percussion,Drums
John Marshman   Cello
Sojourners   Vocals
Joel Stouffer   Bongos,Drums
Lydia Munchinsky   Cello
Good Lovelies   Vocals
Yosef Tamir   Viola
Rosendo Leon   Percussion
Erika Raum   Violin
Spencer Evans   Clarinet
Robbie Grunwald   Piano,Accordion,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Orley Bitov   Cello
Joseph Shabason   Flute,Saxophone
Johann Lotter   Leader,Viola
Aisslinn Nosky   Violin
Bethany Bergman   Violin
Sahra Featherstone   Harp
Karen Moffatt   Viola
Chris Whitely   Trumpet
Steve Zsiari   Bass
Rachel Pomedii   Cello,Soloist
Jullian Knight   Viola

Technical Credits

Jeremy Darby   Engineer
Ron Sexsmith   Composer
Kevin Fox   Orchestra Leader
Tim Vesley   Engineer
Cooper   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Phil Demetro   Engineer
Chris Shreenan-Dyck   Engineer
Steve Dawson   Engineer
Drew Jurecka   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements,Saxophone Arrangement
Jill Barber   Composer
Naomi MacDougall   Layout
Evan Newman   Management

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