Meaghan Smith makes her proper debut with The Cricket's Orchestra, a full-length album that incorporates all four songs from The Cricket's Quartet EP. Although it's tempting to liken Smith's songs to those found on Norah Jones' own jazz-pop debut, The Cricket's Orchestra has its share of unique quirks, including flashes of hip-hop scratching and rich, eclectic production courtesy of Les Cooper. "If You Asked Me" has a big-band arrangement and a vibraphone solo, "Soft Touch" boasts an accordion and strings, and "You Got Out" is relaxed rockabilly in the manner of early k.d. lang. Many of the remaining songs find Smith playing the part of an acoustic singer/songwriter, with Cooper dialing down the production in order to highlight her vocals.
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Performance CreditsMeaghan Smith Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
T Bone Burnett Guitar,Celeste,Toy Piano
Kelly Jefferson Saxophone
Greg Kurstin Keyboards,Omnichord
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
Mark Mariash Percussion,Drums
David Matheson Piano
Patrick Warren Keyboards
Jay Bellerose Drums
Dave Pilch Bass
Kevin Turcotte Trumpet
Kid Koala Sampling
Richard Underhill Saxophone
Kevin Fox Cello
Mark Duggan Vibes
Rich Levesque Bass
Cooper Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Harp,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,Omnichord
Chris Gale Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Gord Myers Trombone
Kathleen Kajioka Violin,Viola
Joel Stouffer Organ,Drums
Blue Engine String Quartet Strings
Spencer Evans Clarinet
Mike Daley Guitar
Johann Lotter Viola
Dennis Keldie Organ,Piano,Accordion
Adam King Drums
Hillary Brown Cello
Rich Levesqe Bass
Margot Aldritch Viola
Mike Olson Cello
Johnny Lee Scheel Guitar
Jules Estrin Trombone
Anne Simons Violin
Jason Mingo Guitar
Technical CreditsT Bone Burnett Producer
Jeremy Darby Engineer
Greg Kurstin Programming,Producer,Engineer
Paul Ackling Guitar Techician,Equipment Technician
Jason Wormer Engineer,Pro-Tools
Cooper Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Emile Kelman Engineer
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
Darren Van Niekerk Engineer
Sam Ibbett Vocal Engineer
Meaghan Smith Composer
Terry McBride Management
Ari Martin Management
Jason Mingo Composer
Coleen Novak Management
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Cricket's Orchestra [Barnes & Noble Exclusive] based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
I have to say that I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing Meaghan Smith and her wonderful band play a year ago, and we were instantly hooked. What a fresh, exciting musician. Her band is right on target and they work so well together. Her songs are whimsical, and real. They come straight from the heart. This album would make a great gift for you or someone who is looking to try out a new artist with a really great sound. She has been touring with Jools Holland, KD Lang, appearances with Sarah McLachlan, and is soon to be touring with Chantal Kreviazuk. You won't be disappointed!!!
I heard this on NPR one day and ordered when I got home. My husband and I have wildly different interests in music, but we both find this great to sing along to...and the kids love it, too. Especially "heartbroken". I'll sometimes catch my 6-year old singing it to himself. I was logging in today to see if a new album had been released... no such luck. We've had this album for about a year now and we still listen to it at least once a week.
This girl is WONDERFUL! I got to see her live when she opened for KD Lang with her band. They were so fantastic. She's not only very sweet, but brilliantly talented. Her music is vintage sounding but done her own way. It's fresh, it's new, GET IT YOU'LL LOVE IT!!! And I agree, it's only a matter of time before she's huge!
I first heard about Meaghan Smith when she had a song 5 More Minutes on Grey's Anatomy last year. Since then she's had two more songs on One Tree Hill and she's been on a few tours. She has yet to come to Utah though! Her music is refreshing yet familiar. It's uplifting and soothing and energizing all at the same time. My only complaint is that there's not more of her out there! But that's only a matter of time...
I've been a fan of Meaghan for a while and her music keeps suprising me! Oh! her voice is so soothing, clear and smooth, you almost feel her music sliding through your ears! Her lyrics poetic yet relatable and accessible. I recently saw her perform and bought her CD. These days, rarely do I find an album on which I love all the songs!
I just listened to Meaghan Smith's music on her website to see what the fuss was all about. I'm not usually into this kind of music, but I was so pleasantly surprised! This is Norah Jones with a healthy, much needed dose of pizazz, Fiest a little more accessible, a much cooler Madeleine Peyroux, and not as folksy and blase as all the other female singer songwriters I so often hear. This is unique and original music and I am a fan. Thank you Meaghan!