These Four Walls

These Four Walls

by Shawn ColvinShawn Colvin


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Shawn Colvin's gentle, rolling melodies and sweet, casual voice can be deceptive. What seems on the surface to be a nostalgic love song or a catchy pop tune often turns out to be something unexpectedly tough-minded or bitter or conflicted. After all, "Sunny Came Home," the catchy Grammy-winning hit from 1996's A Few Small Repairs, told the story of a vengeful housewife torching her home. These Four Walls, Colvin's first album of new material since 2001's Whole New You, contains songs about reclusive fatalists (the beautifully lilting title track), schoolyard bullies (the twangy "Tuff Kid"), and masochistic lovers (the profanity-laced "The Bird"). And, of course, it contains some terrific nostalgic love songs that may be straightforward but are never clichéd (such as the upbeat, poppy "Fill Me Up" and the hopeful "Summer Dress," which has a seductive melody that rivals her classic "Polaroids") and a handful of what Colvin calls "fighting to get out" songs, including the Teddy Thompson duet "Let It Slide" and the bluesy "I'm Gone," which echoes Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home." Colvin's always been a skilled interpreter, and here she covers Paul Westerberg's "So Good to See You" and the Bee Gees' "Words." In both depth and breadth, These Four Walls ranks with Colvin's best work. And a subtle and sensitive reading of U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)" on the exclusive Barnes & Noble exclusive edition makes the disc all the more resonant.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2018
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597993721
catalogNumber: 12426156
Rank: 16507

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shawn Colvin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Marc Cohn   Vocals
Patty Griffin   Vocals
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Leventhal   Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Antoine Silverman   Fiddle
RIck DePofi   Organ,Percussion,Horn,Accompaniment
Teddy Thompson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Shawn Colvin   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
John Leventhal   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Fred Remmert   Engineer
RIck DePofi   Engineer
Robert Edridge Waks   Editorial Coordinator
Maggie Taylor   Artwork
SLC   Liner Notes

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These Four Walls 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since Kate Bush's last album I haven't heard a sound like this. Simple, straight, nice voice, beautiful ballads. The production is what needs to be: fair. The songs are great and we find ourselves putting the CD in repeat mode. The best test for a record.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago