Like her previous studio album, 2001's Time*Sex*Love, Between Here and Gone, arrives after a four-year silence marked by reflection, introspection, and, in the artist's words, "growing older and wiser." Despite its rousing moments -- the propulsive "Beautiful Racket" (possibly the first song to refer to a "lambent wind") boasts the relentless drive of classic Carpenter rockers such as "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" -- the new album revels in poetic ratiocination, its themes softly imparted in piercing observations about relationships, the passage of time, and the disposition of hopes and dreams. Rife with fiddles, acoustic guitars, mandolins, and steel guitars -- and advancing a more overt country and folk ambiance than her most recent albums -- this effort could well be a sequel to State of the Heart, Carpenter's stunning second album, notable for its unsentimental dissection of love and life as understood by a much younger, less experienced woman. Now we get "Elysium," a thoughtful meditation likening the flowering of a newfound but inevitable love to the beauty of nature she observes on a long, winding drive in the country, with a keening fiddle line ascending as Carpenter describes her surprise and exultation. We get the beauty of the hymn-like "Between Here and Gone," its deliberate pace a backdrop for Carpenter's ontological musings on her place in the whole scheme of things. Despite its hard, hammering rhythm, "Beautiful Racket" finds the songwriter now taking sustenance in what she once scorned -- the mundane details of life's daily chores. A 9/11 rescue worker, covered in "holy dust," ponders the tragic aftermath and his own purpose, in a moving folk ballad, "Grand Central Station," that feels like redemption. Exquisite and profound, Between Here and Gone is some kind of masterpiece.
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Performance CreditsMary Chapin Carpenter Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Leslie),Musician
Matt Rollings Keyboards,Musician
Eric Darken Percussion,Musician
David Angell Violin,Musician
Richard Bennett Electric Guitar,Musician
Chad Cromwell Drums,Musician
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar,Musician
Stuart Duncan Fiddle,Musician
Shannon Forrest Drums,Musician
Rob Ickes Dobro,Musician
John Jennings Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Viktor Krauss Bass,Musician
Anthony LaMarchina Cello,Musician
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar,Musician
Tim O'Brien Mandolin,Musician
Dean Parks Electric Guitar,Musician
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin,Musician
Kristin Wilkinson Viola,Musician
Glenn Worf Bass,Musician
Garrison Starr Background Vocals,Musician
Technical CreditsMatt Rollings Producer
Mary Chapin Carpenter Composer,Producer
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Deb Haus Art Direction,Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler Creative Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Between Here and Gone based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Incredible collection! Cannot get better than "Beautiful Racket". One of the finest two or three bridges I've ever heard in any song. Just get this CD. It's one of those rare CD's that holds up to playing through time and time again.
MCC's latest release is well worth the wait and money spent. The brilliant storyteller again captures imagination and offers hope and healing through her identifiable way with words. A nice mixture of mourning and life... Buy it then take a long drive through the country somewhere and remember the simple things that create memories. Her vocals won't let you down.
From first offering to last, MCC takes you cross country on the highway of emotions, reflection and the joy of living day to day. Rivers, bridges, city streets and two lane roads...and some of her best music ever.
There are tracks, and there are tracks that truly relate. Mary has written perfectly complementary lyrics to some of the most beautiful music I have heard in so many years.. Thank you.