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Folksinger and songwriter Christine Lavin's 17th release (and third for Appleseed Records) is very much a New York album, not so much as a stated theme, but the feel of the city and the after effects of 9/11 seem to drift in and out of the background of these songs like a half-remembered dream. Lavin hasn't by any means abandoned her good humor and wry, gently sarcastic view of the little oddities of contemporary life, or the murky, ambivalent ins and outs of relationships in the 21st century, but she has always been a New Yorker, and it shows here. She also has a political agenda, which is in full display on Folkzinger, particularly on the heat-seeking "The Peter Principle at Work" (written with songwriting veteran Ervin Drake), which sharply damns the presidency of George W. Bush, and is one of the most striking songs on the album. The charming "Winter in Manhattan," which is presented both in a version with Lavin singing and in an a cappella version by the Accidentals, is a gem in miniature, managing to make a Big Apple winter seem worth traveling to see. Mixed in are songs about safe sex ("Bad Girl Dreams"), e-mail subscriptions ("Chicken Soup"), and soothing covers of Donovan's "Happiness Runs" (complete with a spoken interlude about meeting Donovan on a plane), and the Beatles' "All My Lovin'." Gentle and wry, but with plenty of her trademark zing, Folkzinger will be received with enthusiasm by Lavin's many fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2005
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587109125
catalogNumber: 1091
Rank: 116321

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christine Lavin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Finger Snapping
Billy Stritch   Piano
Robin Batteau   Violin,Vocals
Wayne Batchelor   Bass,Bass Guitar,Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony
Rex Benicasa   Drums
Emily Bindiger   Vocals
Margaret Dorn   Vocals
Paul Rolnick   Vocal Harmony
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
Timothy Quigley   Drums
Jim Vincent   Vocals
Billy Mitchell   Vocals
Dennis Deal   Vocals
Nikki Matheson   Choir, Chorus
Brian Bauers   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Finger Snapping,Vocal Harmony
Maude Maggart   Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Marcia Pelletiere   Vocals
Francesca Amari   Vocals,Track Performer
Kyra Auslander   Vocals,Track Performer
Cat Catalani   Vocals,Track Performer
Edith Drake   Track Performer
Frank X. Fallon   Drums,Track Performer
Julie Garnyé   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Carrie Houchins-Witt   Track Performer
Diana Lampsa   Vocals,Track Performer
Anil Melwani   Cello,Track Performer
Stewart Gregory   Vocals
Rosie Vallese   Vocals
Ian Slothower   Hand Clapping,Track Performer
Mary Lavin Slothower   Track Performer
Noah Slothower   Hand Clapping,Track Performer
Sue Fink   Vocals

Technical Credits

Christine Lavin   Composer,Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Margaret Dorn   Arranger
Ervin Drake   Composer
Paul Rolnick   Producer
Brian Bauers   Producer,Engineer,Sound Design

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