Back in the Circus

Back in the Circus

by Jonatha Brooke


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Beginning with her days as half of the Story, Jonatha Brooke has been a literate, sophisticated songwriter, willing to challenge herself and to experiment while never losing sight of the need to craft a solid hook. On Back in the Circus, her third studio album as a solo artist, Brooke matches her intimate vocals with computer-based production: Many of the songs use programmed beats, and some, such as "Sleeping with the Light On," veer into Beth Orton–like electronica. But like Suzanne Vega's 99.9° F., Back in the Circus is warmly personal rather than coldly mechanical. The title track sets a mix of accordion, keyboards, and acoustic guitar to a lilting waltz, appropriately evocative of the "small town, big top" that is the song's setting. By covering James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" and Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows," Brooke puts her own songs in some heady company, but they don't disappoint. Witness the wordplay that begins "Better After All": "I am trying to read your mind / We have stopped to smell the roses / I am trying not lose mine / The roses or my mind." Back in the Circus finds Brooke stretching, and it's quite a feat when she closes the album by turning Alan Parsons' schlock ballad "Eye in the Sky" into something sincere and unpretentious.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498614341
catalogNumber: 000175402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jonatha Brooke   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Autoharp,Electric Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Clavinet,Shaker,Acoustic Bass,bass pedals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Casio,Toy Piano
Eric Bazilian   Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Shaker,Wurlitzer
Mitchell Froom   Piano,Chimes,Hammond Organ,Moog Synthesizer,Wurlitzer
Ryan Freeland   Accordion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Dorian Crozier   Drums,Tambo Drums
Geoffrey Moore   Bass,Electric Guitar,E-bow
Darren Embry   Bass

Technical Credits

James Taylor   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Eric Bazilian   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jonatha Brooke   Arranger,Composer,Sound Effects,Producer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer,overdub engineer
Eric Woolfson   Composer
Alan Parsons   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ryan Freeland   Arranger,Programming,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Don Rodenbach   Engineer
Dorian Crozier   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Geoffrey Moore   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dean Sharenow   Engineer
Patrick Rains   Executive Producer
Tony Asher   Composer
Kevin Harp   Engineer,Vocal Engineer

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