Bittersweet Harmony

Bittersweet Harmony

by SkydiggersSkydiggers


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The turn of the millennium was a strange time for the Skydiggers; the band still existed and was busy releasing albums, but those albums were reissues of older material -- live collections, expanded versions of earlier releases, and "lost" material. The release of Bittersweet Harmony marks the first release of new material in six years, since Desmond's Hip City. This album features much the same lineup as on that previous record, but it features a slightly less, well, modern set of songs this time out; where parts of the previous release made more use of technology, this one really strips back to the basics: country- and folk-tinted material with a loud rock sheen in the right places. In other words, Bittersweet Harmony gets the Skydiggers back to exactly what was so good about them in the first place, especially in terms of the songwriting, and consequently this is quite possibly the strongest set of songs the band has released since the first album. Right off the bat, this sounds like classic Skydiggers, with Andy Maize's voice soaring up into his trademark near-falsetto on "Anything for You"; he uses this well elsewhere throughout the album, most notably on the heartbreaking "Jane's Gone." In fact, it's hard to point to a weakness here, apart from the fact that it sounds pretty much like old Skydiggers; you could construe that as laziness if you were intent on doing so, but it's really more a case of the band moving back toward its strengths. The strangest thing about all of this is that the band has managed to do this with the help of two of the most unlikely producers: Ian Blurton is probably better known for high-volume rock rifforama, and Hawksley Workman tends generally toward the more dramatic and overwrought. Nevertheless, both manage to wring top-drawer performances out of the band, making this not only a fine comeback for the Skydiggers, but one of the strongest releases in the band's catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2003
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0823674640729
catalogNumber: 746407
Rank: 120346

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skydiggers   Primary Artist
Andy Maize   Guitar,Trumpet,Vocals
Ian Blurton   Glockenspiel,Background Vocals
Paul MacLeod   Guitar,Vocals
Josh Finlayson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Hawksley Workman   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Joel Anderson   Drums
Jaroslaw Nick Chervinec   Accordion
Ron Macey   Bass

Technical Credits

Lewis Melville   Artwork,Drawing
Ian Blurton   Producer
James Heidebrecht   Engineer
Rudy Rempel   Engineer
Hawksley Workman   Producer,Engineer
Phil Presnal   Engineering

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