Between Here and Gone

Between Here and Gone

by Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974855422
catalogNumber: 748554
Rank: 8567

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary 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 Credits

Matt 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

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Between Here and Gone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago