The Weary Wake Up

The Weary Wake Up

by Eliza Lynn

CD

Overview

Although she tends to be labeled a singer/songwriter most of the time, North Carolina songstress Eliza Lynn has a lot more folk in her repertoire than the standards of singing/songwriting. The Weary Wake Up, her sophomore release, comes in part as a result of a surprisingly positive response to a track included on a Putumayo compilation. Here, she bounces and rolls through a series of styles, anchored by her occasionally Bonnie Raitt-like vocals and a bit of Piedmont guitar. The album opens with a fine piece of loping singer/songwriter fare, then throws in a touch of soul for its follow-up. The third track, "Conrad," is the type of music that Moby builds upon -- a careful, sparse, but undeniably catchy banjo riff courses through the piece, alternately in counterpoint and parallel with Lynn's vocals. Some gospel-influenced work follows in "How Many Times," and urban blues in "Intolerance Blues." The banjos come back in "Bound," but with a faster format à la Appalachian stomps and a few touches of electric guitar peeking in. Some country-funk in "Stared at Me" leads into a weaker but more deliberate form of funk in the aptly titled "Get on Up." "Puddin Pie" sounds like a nostalgic childrens song, and the tracks that together form the title each carry a bit of more pure folk and singer/songwriter. The album ends on one of the deeper, more ornamented tracks that perhaps displays the essence of Lynn's performing style -- a delicate touch on the guitar, some additional folk instrumentation, a quietly thumping piano, and an almost cabaret-style vocal quality. Though the album jumps all over the map, it makes a fine listening experience. Fans of contemporary folk should enjoy it, but perhaps more so those who aren't already initiated into the genres will enjoy the range of styles and skills.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2007
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0634479589102
catalogNumber: 5637288252

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eliza Lynn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals
Mike Alexander   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Moog Synthesizer
Woody Wood   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Molly Reed   Vocal Harmony
Jon Corbin   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sean Foley   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Stephanie Morgan   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ian Cunningham   Drums

Technical Credits

Mike Alexander   Composer,Producer
Danny Kadar   Producer,Engineer
Eliza Lynn   Composer,Producer
Julian Dreyer   Engineer

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