by Leona NaessLeona Naess


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Five years after Leona Naess gave it one more shot at the big time with an Ethan Johns-produced eponymous album, she returns with Thirteens, a subdued album that feels a bit like a rebuke to the splashy, hyped records she made at the turn of the millennium. Naess' downshift into a quieter gear came from the combined blow of losing her major-label contract and then losing her father, two events that helped her re-evaluate life. It's an exhausted cliché that turmoil produces great art, but in Naess' case there may be some germ of a truth there because the prolonged woodshedding she spent in the middle of the decade, when she wrote and recorded at home never releasing the material, has given way to this delicate, subtle album for Verve Forecast. Thirteens has slight passing echoes of such similar singer/songwriters as Dido, but Naess has a deeper warmth to her music, giving this the feel of a warm, gentle bath. And for music largely born in the wake of pain, there's a lot of lightness here, and not just in the openly jaunty "Leave Your Boyfriend Behind." The entire album has a lithe feel, driven as much by melody and mood as it is lyrics, and that's a plus: the album gels as a sustained piece of music. The whole thing rolls easy, never feeling as labored or constructed as her worthy big-budget hyped records, which is ironic, as this is the one album she's done that perhaps justifies all that commotion.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
Label: Verve Forecast
UPC: 0602517657137
catalogNumber: 001185402
Rank: 89160

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leona Naess   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vibes,Hand Clapping
Larry Goldings   Keyboards
Nathan Larson   Organ,Bass,Electric Guitar
Joey Waronker   Drums
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Oliver Kraus   Strings
Bengt Lagerberg   Drums
Martin Slattery   Piano
Samuel Dixon   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Melodica,Mellotron,Hand Clapping
Jason Darling   Bass,Electric Guitar
Rupert Cobb   Trumpet
Jimmy Hogarth   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Felix Bloxsom   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer
Gus Seyffert   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Lina Marie Årnes   Violin,Group
Ida Bryhn   Viola,Group
Christiania String Quartet   Group,Tremolo
Andreas Torday Gulden   Cello,Group
Harry's Tribeca Alcoholic Choir   Background Vocals
Camilla Kjøll   Violin,Group
Mia Theodoratus   Harp

Technical Credits

Newman   Art Direction
Nathan Larson   Producer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Leona Naess   Producer
Samuel Dixon   Producer,Engineer
Jason Darling   Producer,drum programming
Emery Dobyns   Engineer
Jimmy Hogarth   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Piano Engineer
Asif Ahmed   Management
Felix Bloxsom   Instrumentation,Drum Engineering,Percussion Engineer
Tormod Gangfløt   String Arrangements
Zakee Shariff   Art Direction

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