Steady On

Steady On

by Shawn ColvinShawn Colvin


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Sonically, Steady On is a triumph, with its emotional intimacy captured with smooth precision. Vocally, Colvin's tender, sometimes whisper-like performances are astonishing and haunting, provocative and seductive all at once. Then there are the songs that flow so effortlessly into one another that to remove even one would seemingly upset the entire balance of the cosmos as we know it. The sly Colvin adeptly plays with words, beats, phrasing, and rhymes, focusing not just on the meaning, but also the feel and rhythm of the lyrics to great effect. Having once claimed that she tends to write about the "positive side of the painful experience," this album proves her point, for even if you do listen amidst gray skies and drizzles, you will be soothed to the point of contentment. The opening strains of the wistful title track set the mood and ease you into Colvin's head and heart, as you embark on this journey with her to discover countless souls and their heretofore untold truths. On a album full of great songs, "Shotgun Down the Avalanche" still stands as one of her finest compositions, with its metaphoric imagery of riding an out-of-control emotional tide as one would cascade helplessly down a mountain of snow. The requisite troubadour-on-the-road tune, "Ricochet in Time," is made ever more poignant by Colvin's sleepy vocal track, bringing home the weariness that is a very large part of being an artist on tour. Steady On is a must have for anyone who loves acoustic music created in the grand tradition of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, two legends Colvin now counts as contemporaries.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/1989
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644520927
catalogNumber: 45209
Rank: 60078

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shawn Colvin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Bruce Hornsby   Piano
Suzanne Vega   Background Vocals
Bob Telson   Hammond Organ
Lucy Kaplansky   Background Vocals
Steve Addabbo   Tambourine
Michael Blair   Percussion,Drums,Multi Instruments
Steve Gaboury   Keyboards
John Leventhal   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,6-string bass
Rick Marotta   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Hi String
Dennis McDermott   Drums,Tom-Tom,Multi Instruments,Hi Hat
Bob Riley   Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Soozie Tyrell   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Charles Curtis   Cello
Lucy Kaplanski   Background Vocals
T-Bone Wolk   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Accordion,Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Shawn Colvin   Producer,drum programming
David Sanborn   Contributor,Assistant Arranger,Arrangement Collaboration
Steve Addabbo   Producer,Engineer
Michael Blair   Contributor
Ronald K. Fierstein   Executive Producer
Steve Gaboury   drum programming,Sound Design
Phil Galdston   Contributor,Assistant Arranger
Kevin Halpin   Engineer
Geoff Keehn   Engineer
John Leventhal   Producer,drum programming
Mark Partis   Engineer
Malcolm Pollack   Engineer
Bob Riley   Producer,drum programming
Ted Spencer   Engineer
Phil Galston   Arrangement Collaboration
Carol Chen   Art Direction
T-Bone Wolk   Assistant Arranger
Kevin Killan   Engineer

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Steady On 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shawn Colvin is perhaps the finest female singer-songwriter in the world...she is certainly the best of her generation. This is the album that established Colvin and with good reason. Every song is perfect...the writing, the arrangements and (of course) the vocals. This is a "must have" for any record collection and is my all-time favorite album.