Til They Bang on the Door

Til They Bang on the Door

by Lucy WoodwardLucy Woodward


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Lucy Woodward is a soulful, throaty singer whose eclectic sound has found her touching upon a mix of radio-friendly roots rock, torchy jazz, and '60s Brill Building-style pop. On her fourth studio album, 2016's Til They Bang on the Door, she moves away from the urbane jazz and Baroque soundscape of 2010's Hooked!, and digs into an earthy blues and R&B vibe. Helping Woodward this time out is Snarky Puppy bassist Michael League, who co-produced the album along with Hooked! producer Henry Hey. Together, League and Hey (both of whom also play on the album) put Woodward's voice front and center, framing her in an organic mix of guitars, horns, drums, and keyboards, including at various times, Snarky Puppy's guitarist Chris McQueen, organist Cory Henry, and saxophonist Chris Bullock. The result is an album that, while layered with deft horn and string arrangements, often sounds as if it were recorded live. On past albums, Woodward struck a balance between using the highly resonant, gritty end of her vocal range and the more lyrical, velvety end. Here, while there is also a balance, Woodward leans heavily toward the grit, delving headlong into cuts like the noir-ish R&B of "Ladykiller" and her bluesy, kinetic reading of the Nina Simone number "Be My Husband." Elsewhere, Woodward splits the difference between old-school and contemporary influences with cuts like "Kiss Me Mister Histrionics," which sounds like Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings covering a Bruno Mars song, and "Live Live Live," which sounds tantalizingly like Janelle Monae backed by a Bobby McFerrin-led a cappella ensemble. One gets the sense that ever since her more pop-oriented debut, 2003's While You Can, Woodward has pushed to incorporate more of her jazz, blues, and R&B influences. Thankfully, with League and Hey having her back, Woodward is able ignore standard pop expectations and completely go with her instincts.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2016
Label: Ground Up
UPC: 0602547925336
catalogNumber: 002518502
Rank: 204738

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucy Woodward   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
John White   Background Vocals
Everett Bradley   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Zach Danziger   Drums
Tim Lefebvre   Bass Guitar
Natalia Paruz   Saw
Chris Cheek   Baritone Saxophone
Neal Coomer   Choir, Chorus
Henry Hey   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Horn Engineer
J. Walter Hawkes   Trombone
Natalie Cressman   Trombone
Brian Delaney   Drums,Hand Clapping
Alan Ferber   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Todd Low   Viola
Rachel Golub   Violin
Diko Shoturma   Horn Engineer
Katie Kresek   Violin
Dave Eggar   Cello
Chris Bullock   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jay Jennings   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Nick Marchione   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Cory Henry   Organ
Daniel Sanint   Horn Engineer
Chris McQueen   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Maher   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Michael League   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Guitar (Baritone)
Bridget Cady   Soprano,Background Vocals
Lucy Howling   Vocals
Sheryl D'Swinger   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Brook Benton   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Dave Darlington   Vocal Engineer
Phil Galdston   Composer
Michelle Lewis   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Holly Palmer   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Mike Viola   Composer
Herbert Rehbein   Composer
Bobby Stevenson   Composer
Andy Stroud   Composer
Henry Hey   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,keyboard arrangements
Lucy Woodward   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Nic Hard   Vocal Engineer
Brian Thorn   Rhythm Engineer
Diko Shoturma   Engineer
Erica Canales   Art Direction
Anna Wayland   Composer
Chuck Palmer   Producer
Guillermo Moreno   Artwork
Michael League   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements

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