This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 8/00
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Fire up the CD player, slip in this disc, skip to cut #6 and program 'repeat'. "Bare to the Bone," the aforementioned cut, is one of those life-stoppers. Start listening to it and you'll find time dreamily pauses. Newcomer softly opens it with:
This is an introspective and philosophical release from someone with enough years and experience behind her to insightfully observe what is clutter and should be discarded and what sustains and should be held steady. Human intimacy, genuineness and resiliency are the hallmarks of Newcomer's mantra.
She continues in this vein with the opening cut "When It's Gone It's Gone," reminding us of our responsibility, of our ownership, for our every thought and deed:
Tomorrow's just too far to see
Too far to know to love or grieve
Every action is received
Like a legacy
It is our legacy...
When it's gone it's gone
But the echoes just go on and on and on and on
We send it out like our breath
And somebody takes it in, somebody takes it in
I have often dreamt of angels
But I very rarely see them
But I know that they've been there
Because something smells like sky...
I will gather all the feathers
That collect up in the corners
All the risings and the fallings
In the quiet of the day
When you speak, there's a flutter
Of some winged thing stirring
Lay your head on my heart
And we'll leave it that way"
How fine, how sweet the sound
When I lay these sorrows and this poor heart down
It was love that always saved me
Hope that always found me
I was blind but now I see"
This is a release that blossoms and grows on the listener with each play. Plus, the bonus is that sultry Newcomer voice.
Newcomer, on vocals and acoustic guitar, is backed by Don Dixon on basses and vibraphone; Jim Brock on drums and percussion; Keith Skooglund on electric and acoustic guitars; Richard Putnam on Hammond B3 and Rhodes and Wurlitzer pianos; Beth Lodge-Rigal on backing vocals; Lauren Robert on backing vocals; Dan Lodge-Rigal on piano; Slats Klug on accordion; Robert Meitus on acoustic guitars; Andre Gaskins on cello; Jason Wilber on mandolin and electric sitar and Brant Smith on dobro.
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