by Ashley MonroeAshley Monroe


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Sparrow comes on slowly, almost stately, unfolding with a deliberate crawl of piano and strings that instantly separates it from Ashley Monroe's first two albums. It's a sign that Monroe has changed producers, switching from her longtime supporter Vince Gill to Dave Cobb, the hottest producer in Nashville in the back half of the 2010s. Part of Cobb's strength is allowing artists to explore within the confines of a commercially appealing production, and that's precisely what Sparrow is: soul-baring songs given a sumptuous treatment. Sparrow sounds so warm and inviting that it's easy to miss how Monroe mines her personal life throughout the record, creating a suite of songs that explore family dynamics -- an appropriate fit, considering how Monroe recorded the album while pregnant with her first child. Despite these hints of the confession, Sparrow isn't strictly autobiographical. Monroe finds space for a flirtation with '70s soul ("Hard on a Heart"), majestic soft pop ("Wild Love"), and seductive slow-burners ("Hands on You"), moments that enrich the album by giving it a natural ebb and flow. More than anything, Sparrow is sharply constructed as an album, setting a mood with its first song and then finding variations on this lush, enveloping sound. It's a record designed for late nights, whether those nights are lonely or romantic.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2018
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624908982
catalogNumber: 565008
Rank: 4230

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ashley Monroe   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Mellotron
David Davidson   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Michael Webb   Piano,Keyboards,Mellotron
David Angel   Violin
Chris Powell   Percussion,Drums
Waylon Payne   Background Vocals
Brian Allen   Bass,Cello
Dave Cobb   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Karen Winklemann   Violin

Technical Credits

Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Jon Randall   Composer
Brendan Benson   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Blu Sanders   Composer
Paul Moak   Composer
Waylon Payne   Composer
Ashley Monroe   Composer
Dave Cobb   Producer
Aaron Raitiere   Composer
Ryan Beaver   Composer
Angaleena Presley   Composer
Anderson East   Composer
Mike Moore   Art Direction
Eddie Spear   Engineer
Nicolle Galyon   Composer
Kassi Ashton   Composer
Josh O' Keefe   Composer

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