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See You On The Moon [CD]

Tift Merritt Audio CD
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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 (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B003FBNJ5O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mixtape (Album Version) 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Engine To Turn (Album Version) 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Things That Everybody Does (Album Version) 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Six More Days Of Rain (Album Version) 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Feel Of The World (Album Version) 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Never Talk About It (Album Version) 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. All The Reasons We Don't Have To Fight (Album Version) 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Live Till You Die (Album Version) 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Papercut (Album Version) 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. See You On The Moon (Album Version) 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Danny's Song (Album Version) 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. After Today (Album Version) 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 


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See You On the Moon is a profoundly focused Tift doing what she does best better than she ever has - poignant writing and performing welded to the steady pursuit of new places. Joining the ‘Moon' sessions were, among others, celebrated pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz and My Morning Jacket's Jim James who adds hauntingly beautiful harmony to album centerpiece Feel of the World.

See You On the Moon is tethered by Merritt's eye for chiseled detail, her evocative voice, and her steely desire for emotional breakthrough and musical growth. New textures, angles, and instrumentation abound. The record opens with "Mixtape", an analogue-fuelled love letter to the handmade cassette tape. Brought to life with Bill Withers' spare arrangements in mind, "Mixtape" is punctuated by percussive strings and hand claps. 'At heart, making a mixtape is a really introverted pleasure. We didn't want lose that sort of I've got a secret feel.' "Engine To Turn" swells with a melody both simple and beautiful, bound by a life affirming lyric. The driving "Six More Days of Rain", a meditation on the beauty of human resilience, resonates with the power of piano and pleading voice. "Feel of the World", at the record's heart, recounts the story Tift's grandmother's recent death through the eyes of the grandfather she never knew.

In her nascent career, Tift Merritt has already produced an impressive body of work and earned a passionate, dedicated audience. Her live performances, both with her band and on her own, are similarly riveting. Tift's preceding albums are 2002's debut Bramble Rose, 2005's Grammy-nominated Tambourine, and 2008's widely acclaimed Another Country. 2010's stellar See You On The Moon is a most important step forward in a remarkable artistic journey that continues to search, penetrate, and surprise.

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Ori Release 2010 from Country/Pop Rock singer songwriter, includes two well-chosen covers, a forceful take on Emitt Rhodes' "Live to You Die" and a version of Kenny Loggins' "Danny's Song".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Merritt 29 May 2010
By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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After the brilliance of Bramble Rose, Tambourine and Another Country it is difficult to believe that with her fourth studio album Tift Merritt has maintained a standard of songwriting, musicianship and performance that is nothing short of perfection. Oh, and her band isn't bad either!

Her sensuous voice glides through ten of her own numbers (and one by Kenny Loggins and another by Emitt Rhodes) with prominent piano and pedal steel and tasteful arrangements for viola, violin, clarinet, flute and saxophone,

Tift Merritt refuses to acknowledge the mainstream and stays close to her own vision of alt country and Americana. Just listen to the haunting beauty of "Six More Days Of Rain" with a crackling piano and drums accompaniment or the yearning splendour of the title track "See You On The Moon" with simple guitar and chamber strings. And then, her reading of Kenny Loggins' "Danny's Song" is an understated masterpiece and "The Thing That Everybody Does" is heartachingly beautiful. There is not a track on this album that fails to inspire, everything is high on emotion.

The casual listener may not find the album immediately accessible but after a few plays the sheer beauty and artistry of it will surely overwhelm.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Houston, we have a slight problem.... 1 Jun 2010
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Another Country released in 2008 was something of a disappointment, so hopes were high for Tift Merritt's long-awaited follow-up. There were a number of occasions during my first listen to this album when I found myself trying hard to distance it from the standard-setting of 'Stray Paper' which appeared on her second album, Tambourine. There is nothing here that quite equals the splendour of that one song, and therein lies the problem. Tift Merritt has a fabulous voice; truly distinctive, breathy and soothing, but equally able to belt out a rocker or two when the occasion demands. Her first two albums suggested that she was a bright new star of cliche-free Americana, able to deal equally well with rootsy rockers and sensitive ballads, with only minimal Nashville gloss chucked into the mix, and some extra horns and soulful vocals on Tambourine.

See You On The Moon is a natural extension to Another Country, and like its predecessor lacks a certain focus and direction. When it's good, it's very good, as witnessed by 'Engine To Turn', 'Never Talk About It' and 'Six More Days Of Rain', but other songs here are distinctly underwhelming, including the meandering final track 'After Today' and the pretty but slight title song 'See You On The Moon'.

Critically, Tift Merritt seems to have ditched the rootsy sound and taken a further step into the mainstream. It's a move that may be calculated to broaden her appeal, but could also be counter-productive in diluting the impact of what made her distinctive in the first place. While she is nowhere near guilty of the horrendous stylistic errors and over-production that rendered Mindy Smith's latest album almost unlistenable, Tift Merritt walks a fine line on this album but may just about have pulled it off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Air Of Familiarity.... 1 Aug 2010
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There is an air of familiarity around Tift Merritt's fourth album 'See You On The Moon'. In itself this is not a problem as there are some great songs such as 'Engine to Turn' and the stunning 'Feel of the World'(featuring Jim James on harmony). It's just at times you feel that you're listening to songs that Tift has done better before. The only real departure is album opener 'Mixtape', all 70's sounding strings, somewhat reminiscent of the sound Josh Rouse went for on his '1972' album, and it's just as convincing. Tift Merritt remains one of my favourite vocalists and is still a great songwriter, but 'See You On The Moon' feels like a consolidation of her talents rather than a huge leap forward.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another stellar release from Tift (4.5 stars) 3 Jun 2010
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Once upon a time, Tift Merritt was the next-big-thing, either in the Alt.Country universe or even in the regular Country universe (she did, after all, receive an inexplicable Best Country Album Grammy nomination for the genre-bending Tambourine). For obvious reasons - let's call them "sales numbers" - Universal subsidiary Lost Highway unceremoniously dumped Merritt, partially explaining a four year absence before releasing Another Country in 2008 on Concord Music's Fantasy label. That album went a long way in resetting expectations for Merrit's music, largely abandoning the rock-n-soul throwdown approach that highlighted Tambourine as well as Merritt's gritty live performances. What emerged in its place was an uncommonly thoughtful and graceful artist, equally at ease behind a grand piano as she was fronting her soulful band.

See You On The Moon only reinforces the notion Tift Merritt is most at home in her introspective skin, and the new record certainly builds on the success of Another Country. Most importantly, with the help of producer Tucker Martine she has found new ways to frame her music that are surprising yet subtle. The album's opener "Mixtape" is perhaps the most surprising, drenched in 1970's R&B conventions complete with dramatic stabs of strings. If Merritt was looking to throw down the gauntlet to declare her diversity, she chose a heckuva great opening track. However, skeptical fans will be relieved to hear the second track "Engine To Turn" which manages the neat trick of being melancholy and sublimely hopeful at the same time.
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