On Your Shore

On Your Shore

by Charlotte MartinCharlotte Martin


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Charlotte Martin spent a good part of her teenage years obsessively studying the work of Kate Bush. She's more than a fan; she's a devout follower of Bush's mystical songbook of art and romance, from which she gained enough confidence to find her own voice and style. Now in her late twenties, Martin bows to her idol while composing a theatrical and fearless presentation on her RCA full-length debut, On Your Shore. Failure's Ken Andrews produces the dozen-track set. His meticulous approach allows Martin to fully let go emotionally as a singer while On Your Shore's journey of self-discovery and self-analysis is torn asunder. Adding to the masque are drummer Joey Waronker, arranger Craig Armstrong, and bassist Justin Meldel-Johnsen. Having these particular musicians involved in the session carries Martin's passionate delivery beyond her alliance with her piano. It's on the bigger numbers that she truly shines as a performer; from the Cure-tinged string arrangements of "Haunted" to the purling buildup of "Madman," Martin broadsides any kind of spite or scorn that's crossed her path. Not only is there a fight for honesty and bravery; such a challenge equals strength. The copper-toned chills of the album's title track and the sword dance of "Limits of Our Love" make that promise, too. Echoes of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," "Sat in Your Lap," and "Experiment IV" slightly reverberate throughout, but only in flattery. On Your Shore breathes with a similar kind of energy that's in those particular songs, highlighting the notion that grasping for something that you believe in and doing it with every fiber of your being, regardless of the outcome, is worth it. Every hush, hum, and ooh is perfectly matched to each pounding tremor of Martin's piano. That in itself supports the surefire dynamic that is On Your Shore. Martin wanted to make an album that matters as much as any Kate Bush record meant to her. She couldn't have gotten it any better. As Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan get older, there's room for others to step in. Welcome, Charlotte Martin, welcome.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766067620
catalogNumber: 60676
Rank: 111184


  1. On Your Shore
  2. Limits of Our Love
  3. Your Armor
  4. Every Time It Rains
  5. Steel
  6. Sweet Chariot
  7. Madman
  8. Up All Night
  9. Haunted
  10. Parade On
  11. Something Like a Hero
  12. Beautiful Life
  13. Wild Horses

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlotte Martin   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Chant,Sampling,fender rhodes
Rick Baptist   Flugelhorn
Mark Berrow   Violin
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
David Campbell   Conductor
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Liz Edwards   Violin
Garfield Jackson   Viola
Peter Kent   Violin
Chris Laurence   Bass,Bass Guitar
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Cornet
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Jonathan Strange   Violin
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Joey Waronker   Percussion,Drums,Stick,Tambourine,Timbales,Bells,Shaker,Roto Toms,Hi Hat
Peter Lale   Viola
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Eddie Roberts   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Bass Trombone
Ken Andrews   Synthesizer,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Hector R. Ferreira   Bass Guitar
Julian Leaper   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass Guitar
Michael McMenemy   Violin
Darrin McCann   Viola
Everton Nelson   Violin
Perry Mason   Violin
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Dai Emanuel   Violin
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Paddy Lannigan   Bass,Bass Guitar
Fred W. Greene   Tuba
Jeff Garber   Electric Guitar
Bob Becker   Viola
Naomi Wright   Cello
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
Christopher Clad   Violin
Zoe Lake   Viola
Angus Godwin   Chimes,Conga,Drums
Beth Katte   Background Vocals
Lian McKinnon   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin
Timothy Grant   Viola
Fred Greene   Tuba
Jonathan Williams   Cello
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Craig Armstrong   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Andy Bradfield   Engineer
David Campbell   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Cello Arrangement
Keith Richards   Composer
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Ken Andrews   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Greg Collins   Engineer
David Martin   Producer
Charlotte Martin   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Scott Fraser   Programming

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