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Big Old Life

Rani Arbo Audio CD

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So, what's a daisy mayhem? Wicked percussion, sublime lead singing, great harmonies, sparkling original songs and a deep repertoire. Four people who share an irresistible chemistry on stage. A young, hip, crackerjack string band in love with American music. The Boston Globe described their music as "neo old-timey with cosmopolitan splashes of contemporary pop and jazz." It's ... Read more in Amazon's Rani Arbo Store

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Listen  1. Joy Comes Back 3:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Big Old Life 3:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Red Haired Boy 2:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Roses 4:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. What's That 3:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Theif 4:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Heart with No Companion 4:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Oil In My Vessel 3:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Farewell, Angelina 4:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mother of Our Dreams 4:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hole in Heaven 3:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Shine On 3:360.89  Buy MP3 

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Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem are celebrating seven years together – spanning three CDs, three children, two marriages, four mortgages, one round of breast cancer, approximately 34 pounds gained (collectively, thank you) and innumerable miles on the road. Here are 12 songs from a band that has learned to count its blessings. You could call it agnostic gospel. You could call it reverent (except when it's not). You could call it a footstompin', musical shout-out to the universe. You could call it a recording of four people playing songs they like, together, as they've done for the past seven years. The album is also everything fans have always loved about the band: live energy, dry wit, great grooves, smart lyrics, and a wild ride through a blend of roots music styles, from blues to bluegrass to old-time, folk, funk, and swing. This album showcases the band's stellar singing, with Rani Arbo's gorgeous alto buoyed by the band's renowned four-part harmonies.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic new folk musical mix that is superior, impressive & attractive 15 July 2007
By J. Ross - Published on
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Playing Time - 46:41 -- "Daisy" has a slang definition of "something excellent or notable." And in the boxing ring of yesteryear, "mayhem" used to informally refer to a knockout. Hence, this band's moniker is appropriate for their eclectic musical mix that is superior, impressive and attractive. A real daisy knockout! Contemporary folk is able to cast aside genre-specific boundaries in favor of band individualism. While other groups have established the archetype, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem follow their own muse. Inspiring spirits guide them into old-time, folk, blues, swing, cajun and pop idioms. Imparting their own unique and contemporaneous stamp on material keeps them from sounding anachronistic. Just look at how they incoporate lyrics from Amazing Grace into the spirited vocal groove of "Oil in my Vessel." Their innovative rearrangement of Leonard Cohen's "Heart with No Companion" transforms it into a powerful old-time mountain ballad, and a traditional "Red Haired Boy" is given a very contemporary interpretation. With resonator guitar kicking it off, Bob Dylan's "Farewell Angelina" is given a charged-up, engaging bluesy treatment. The set opens a cappella with "Joy Comes Back," a song (learned from Scott Staples) that has special meaning for Rani because she's fought and won a battle with cancer diagnosed shortly after she gave birth.

Various band members have a knack for crafting songs of their own. Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar) penned the title track, "Big Old Life" that welcomes and invites listeners to step right in, rise and shine, take a ride, and connect with their music. That interaction without intimidation is one of the band's charismatic strengths. Anand Hayuk (guitar, mandolin, piano) wrote "What's That," a slower swinging tune with plenty of emotional and intellectual energy. Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo) wrote the personal and reflective "Mother of Our Dreams." The fourth band member, Scott Kessel, plays a wide variety of common and unusual percussion instruments. Guests Kevin Barry (lap steel) and Deb Pasternak (backing vocals) provide some tasty flavorings to the overall set that ends with Daisy May Erlewine's optimistic message of perseverance and reliance, "Shine On." Four years coming since their last CD, "Big Old Life" is a well-wrought entry in the new folk field. The band's musical maturity has allowed these alchemists to take roots music stylings and magically transform them into present-day gold. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best album of 2007 so far 16 Jun 2007
By Gerard Kiernan - Published on
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I own every previous release by both Salamander Crossing and Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, and have enjoyed and been touched by all of them. Big Old Life would be my favorite thus far. Guitar, bass , percussion, fiddle, lap steel, banjo, voice, and superior production make this a standout.
I find myself listening to each player on each song. Then another listening for the lyrics.
The guest players are top notch , and the lap steel guitar, banjo, harmonica and accordian parts are great.
This summer, I will be catching this band on tour and I look forward to hearing live versions of these songs.
What a great album!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best new album I have heard in years 2 Feb 2008
By Craig Schaepe - Published on
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Love this album!!!
I had never heard of this group and stumbled across this album/group. What can I say simply the best album/group I have heard in quite awhile.

Very talented group and if you don't feel better after listening to this album you have no soul.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore it 4 Oct 2007
By L. L. Sanborn - Published on
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the music is beautiful and upliftig, as are the lyrics. this is my new happy cd to be played on all rough mornings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album 7 April 2012
By Nonfiction - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem have absolutely magical energy live and this album truly captures that. The four members of the band are all excellent and they play together seamlessly. I love the uplifting feeling of the music generally and especially on Shine On and Joy Comes Back. Great album for the whole family!
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