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Meritt began her professional career playing small clubs in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. In 1998 she was part of a band called The Carbines, which released a single, "Jukejoint Girl" b/w "Cowboy", on the Oil Rig Recordings label. In 1999, she released a 7-song EP with the Two Dollar Pistols, led by John Howie, Jr. The EP featured two original songs and five covers.

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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0002OPES2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 x CD Album
Europe 2004

1Stray Paper3:52
2Wait It Out3:34
3Good Hearted Man3:39
4Ain't Looking Closely4:23
5Still Pretending3:40
6Write My Ticket3:42
7Your Love Made A U-Turn2:33
8Plainest Thing3:30
9Late Night Pilgrim4:23
10I Am Your Tambourine3:42
11Laid A Highway3:51
12Shadow In The Way4:42

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Merritt's resonant if somewhat conventionally alt-country debut Bramble Rose did little to predict this blue-eyed-soul breakout. A mix of hard-charging guitar rockers, horn-charted grooves, and pensive singer-songwriter ballads, Tambourine might have resulted in a stylistic hodgepodge, but producer George Drakoulias lends the same punchy, live-tracked vitality that distinguished the best work of the Jayhawks, Black Crowes, and Maria McKee. Merritt taps deep into her southern musical roots to find her own voice, and that voice has fully blossomed--her enunciation is clearer, her phrasing sensual without straining. Her best songs balance the urgent economy of classic soul singles with a personal, if not precisely confessional, intensity. Like Van Morrison and Dusty Springfield, Merritt follows her country, soul, and rock & roll instincts to find a single ecstatic sound, one that culminates in the full-out gospel testimony of "Shadow in the Way." Tambourine may not quite live up to the Dusty in Memphis comparisons, but it may very well wind up the album of Tift Merritt's career. --Roy Kasten

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cloudberry on 9 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This may be perceived as politically incorrect, so forgive me. Tift Merritt has one of those lovely faces that I do not associate with such a gutsy and grainy singing voice, but looks deceive! There is a hint of Britney in that look (no, I'm not blind!) but so much more beautiful.
However, beauty shouldn't sell albums, talent should - and this lady has it in abundance.
If you were to pidgeon-hole her, she would be seen as a modern country music singer, but there is so much more to her than that - blues, gospel, soul, r&b, rock, you name it, it's here and cooking!!!
In terms of the sound Ms Merritt creates, the menu here consists of reminders of Dusty Springfield, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin to start with, then some touches of Jayhawks and Black Crows, a great bunch of talented musicians to follow (I love the guitar work, the horns and the organ) and top it all off with brilliant production. A recipe for success.
The opener "Stray Paper" gets you hooked straight away and then you're immersed in a whole bunch of brilliant tracks, all very different from one another. For me, after "Stray Paper", the Springfield-sounding "Good Hearted Man", the soulful "Still Pretending" and the rock-ridden "I Am Your Tambourine" are the standout tracks, but the others are not fillers by any means.
If someone had told me what her music was going to be like, I might have passed it by, but I'm glad I had a listen. This is so good and such an infectious album - one I bet she enjoyed recording - that I am so smitten, I think Bramble Rose will now be on my shortlist of next purchases.
Perhaps album of the year??
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "meldee18" on 12 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
In a world dominated by artificial-manufactored-reality tv "music," it is hard to think that there may be quality music that is still being made these days. There is - you just need to look beyond mainstream media.
Tift Merritt, is a real artist. She has it all: looks, singing ability and songwriting ability. This is her second offical album. Her first 'Bramble Rose', was a classic debut and one of the best albums from 2002. Even though it had critical acclaim it went largely ignored. That album was in the vain of a country/rock album that Emmylou could have recorded in the 70s. Tift has evolved from that sound with this album.
It would be easy to compare her to various artists past and present, but I don't want to so that. I would rather people picked this up on Tift alone without the expectations of her being a carbon copy of someone else.
The album plays with alot of styles and genres, the opener 'Stray Paper', is a classic alt country song. 'Wait It Out', 'Ain't looking Closely', 'Write My Ticket' and "Late Night Pilgrim' are all rocking songs, which is completely different to anything previous she has released. 'Good Hearted Man' and 'Still Pretending', are less pace and more classic soul, I haven't heard anything quite as soulful for some time. Keeping with the soulfulness 'I am Your Tambourine' and 'Shadow In The Way' take on gospel with excellent results. The two songs that could have fitted on 'Bramble Rose' and two of the outstanding songs 'Plainest Thing' and 'Laid A Highway', should be played on country radio in the states but sadly won't.
If you already have 'Bramble Rose' or her duet cd with The Two Dollar Pistols, then this may take a few listens for you to absorb it but it will grow on you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dude, Edinburgh on 9 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is the first album by Tift Merritt that I bought, never having heard her before, and it is brilliant, by far her best album. She has a great voice and every song is strong. Bramble Rose and Another Country are both very good, but steer clear of See You on the Moon, it is dreadful. Come on Tift, let us have another album as good as Tambourine!
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By isis 1958 VINE VOICE on 11 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Stonkingly brilliant.

Not a duffer on it, yet she writes to "Russell (presumably Carter": "I would have given up without your patient belief in this record". Oh my god - what hope for the rest of us. Everything about this album is right, how could she have had those doubts.

Singer songwriter - self penned - fantastic.

Band - hot and cooking.

Production - polished. As a (very much) amateur singer/songwriter/arranger/producer myself, "Good Hearted Man" is just so exquisite produced I could weep at the perfection of it. "Ain't Looking Closely" comes close, and "Still Pretending" is up there too.

Blues, rock, gospel, SOUL, country. Don't let categories put you off.

It's just a great record. Superlatives are not enough!

If there's one criticism it's the cover. And it's probably not her fault. There seems to be a trend to put pretty girls on the cover. Now a cover has to have something on it I agree. But take "Taylor Swift" or "Elizabeth Cook" for example - the presentation doesn't really encourage you to think "great music" - yet Swift is amazing too. OK it's a matter of taste, and equally, what does a sunset or a mountain say? But I'm buying music not a glamour or soft pron magazine!!!!
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I am not the biggest fan of Country, but for some artists - Gretchen Peters, Beth Neilsen Chapman, Tift Merritt - it is more a pigeonhole of convenience than a Parental Advisory warning of hats, pedal steel and excess twang in guitar and voice.

This, her second, is the standout of Tift's three albums so far. It covers a lot of bases, very successfully - alt.country on Stray Paper, blues on Still Pretending, country rock on Wait it Out, Dusty on U-Turn.... She has a splendid turn of lyric too. I can so empathise with the lady of Still Pretending, with the sadness of a sidelined town on Laid a Highway (probably my favourite), and the poetry of Plainest Thing.

Highly recommended for lovers of the female perspective - or just quality music.
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