Pull It Together

Pull It Together

by Shannon Stephens

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Overview

Shannon Stephens' third studio outing, the heartfelt, ragged, and stoic Pull It Together, is a far more ambitious affair than 2009's austere Breadwinner. Opening with the dusty and dreamy "Wax and Feathers," a bruised yet defiant distillation of faith and verisimilitude, Stephens establishes a narrator with a big heart and a steely gaze. She's got attitude to spare, but it's not misplaced. The bluesy "Your Fabulous Friends" ("I don't have a good vacation story") and sweet country satire of "Faces Like Ours" ("When you have white skin nobody can send you away"), a duet with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, never come off as smug or contrite, due in no small part to Stephens' deft turn of phrase and effortlessly natural voice. It's not all sour grapes though, as evidenced by the sauntering "Care of You," the achingly gorgeous "Cold November," and the pitch-perfect closer "Responsible Too Long," the latter of which suggests "Pour another glass of something/If the night is unwinding/If the clock has stopped its turning/Just one more song/I've been responsible too long."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2012
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
UPC: 0656605608921
catalogNumber: 56089
Rank: 251903

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shannon Stephens   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jason Harrod   Background Vocals
Bonnie "Prince" Billy   Vocals
Jason Staczek   Organ,fender rhodes
James McAlister   Percussion,Drums
Kory Kruckenberg   Organ
Steve Moore   Piano,Wurlitzer
Jeff Fielder   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Jason Kardong   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jason Gray   Bass
Andrew Rudd   Percussion,Drums
Birthday Party Choir   Choir, Chorus
Galen Disston   Background Vocals
Brandon Weber   Trumpet
D.M. Stith   Piano,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Tae Won Yu   Cover Art
Kory Kruckenberg   Engineer
Shannon Stephens   Composer,Producer

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