by Stephen FearingStephen Fearing


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Two decades into a solid but low-key career, rootsy Canadian folk-rocker Stephen Fearing is as unfashionable as ever, and it seems he wouldn't have it any other way. Yellowjacket is Fearing's eighth solo album, and a return to stripped-down self-production after a slow and gradual creep toward a more polished AAA-radio sound. Crisp and uncluttered, the sound of Yellowjacket recalls that of a classic Richard Thompson album minus the guitar heroics. Similarly, Fearing's songs are unpretentious and charming even when covering such well-worn topics as the siren song of the road (the title track, which seems to be referring to truckstop speed even though the song itself never rises above a sedate amble, and the barroom rock of "One Flat Tire") and the pitfalls of parenthood (the slightly soppy "Love Only Knows"). As comfortable as a favorite old sweater, Yellowjacket is geared almost exclusively for Fearing's small but dependable fan base; there's no attempt to reach out into the larger pop marketplace, and none is required.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2006
Label: True North
UPC: 0620638041024
catalogNumber: 410
Rank: 163160

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Fearing   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mandolin (Hammered),Vocal Harmony
Scott Merritt   Leslie Pedal
Richard Bell   Electric Guitar
Jeff Bird   Double Bass
Gary Craig   Percussion,Drums
John Dymond   Bass,Bass Guitar
Colin Linden   Dobro,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
David Travers-Smith   Horn,Horn Engineer
Daniel Whiteley   Mandolin
Josh Finlayson   Background Vocals
Ellen Moore   Violin
Elspeth Thomson   Viola
Suzie Vinnick   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tom Mueller   Cello
Paul Earle   Violin
Ellen Moore   Violin
Dan Whiteley   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Scott Merritt   Engineer
Stephen Fearing   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Colin Linden   Engineer
Will Kimbrough   Composer
Josh Finlayson   Composer
Tom Wilson   Composer

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