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Steady On

Shawn Colvin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0000277ES
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn's debut (revised) 11 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first time I became aware of this singer song writer was at a Blue Nile concert (September 1990) she was the support act invited by the band themselves, this enough of a reason for me to check out her live set.
I am glad I did what a performer, singing all on her own on the big stage at "Edinburgh's Usher Hall" with just an acoustic guitar to back herself, very impressive indeed.
At the concert I picked up a leaflet (which I still have) telling background stuff about her such as Ms Colvin was born in "Vermillion" "South Dakota" and was a background singer on Suzanne Vega's European hit "Luka" and more importantly the leaflet gave me the title of her album so that at a later date I could buy it.
"Steady On" was the all-important title I was looking for.
The album was even better than her live show, with most of the songs being co-written by long-time guitarist "John Leventhal" he also had a hand in producing the bulk of this collection of songs.
The album opens with the title track, with it's programmed drums by John Leventhal which has one Dennis McDermott playing hi-hat to introduce the track along with Shawn playing acoustic guitar, the sound that makes this track stand out is Leventhal's Fender six string bass which along with his backing vocals add the perfect background for Ms Colvin to sing against opening line "China gets broken And it will never be the same" and the album is off and running.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb studio debut... 12 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first time I became aware of this singer song writer was at a "Blue Nile" concert (September 1990) she was the support act invited by the band themselves, this enough of a reason for me to check out her live set.
I am glad I did what a performer, singing all on her own on the big stage at "Edinburgh's" "Usher Hall" with just an acoustic guitar to back the songs, very impressive indeed.

At the concert I picked up a leaflet (which I still have)telling background stuff about her such as Ms Colvin was born in "Vermillion" "South Dakota" and was a background singer on "Suzanne Vega's" European hit "Luka" and more importantly the leaflet gave me the title of her album so that at a later date I could buy it.
"Steady On" was the all important name I was looking for.

The album was even better than her live show, with most of the songs being co-written by her longtime musical partner guitarist "John Leventhal" he also had a hand in producing the bulk of this collection of songs.

To pay back the favour that "Suzanne Vega" had done her "Suzanne Vega" along with "Lucy Kaplanski" and "Shawn" herself act as backing singers on the pivotal song "Diamond in the Rough".The song "Something to Believe in" has something of a high point in it as it features a "Bruce Hornsby" piano solo.

This album is really satisfying with it great production, well written and played songs a real find in the world of music,a great addition to anyone's music collection...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Rock steady 27 May 2013
Format:Audio CD
I've only just discovered this talented lady and this album is a real cracker! I'm always on the hunt for singer/songwriters who are pushing the boundaries without the PR and overproduced mediocrity that blights present day offerings. I have copied the stomping drumming style of songs like 'Shotgun...' and 'Diamond..' when I've been playing recently!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant album 12 Dec 2012
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there's real quality in the songs on this album which has excellent recording quality too. It gets better the more you listen too. Should appeal to a wide audience, so give it a try.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angst and Beauty - an anthem of meaning. 11 Dec 1999
By "boxincupid" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Colvin's lyrics are haunting, touching and visceral - obviously someone who has sounded the depths of the abyss and come through the other side. Reminds me of Etta James' "One Day, One Step" or "A Lover is Forever" - not that the voices are anything alike, just the raw anger and courage and resolve to keep fighting. Of all of my favorite CDs, this is the one that means the most. This is the CD to accompany you when you're getting over losing someone, when your own demons haunt you ("Riding Shotgun Down the Avalanche") when you feel so alienated and alone ("Stranded") or when you feel like giving up. In those moments, listen to this album and let her lyrics express exactly what you feel. It's a strange kind of catharsis. Hopefully, you will really appreciate the poetry of a phenomenal lyricist. With lyrics like, "I will raise up my voice into the void, you have left me nowhere to go" or "I was feeling imploded, a wooden smile a wooden heart. Then things exploded like a rocket in the dark" or expressing the period after your love is gone as "the nuclear winter of another love affair". The album has an Austin / Nashville feel, Jon Leventhal did an excellent job - rich, deep and vivid. I cannot imagine that anyone with any real depth of character would not completely identify with this album - it is an anthem. I hope you enjoy it, too.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was born to be hearing this CD 22 Oct 2003
By S. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
OK, that's a bit of an exageration, but I love it! This CD is a gem. It's the one that I come back to over and over. And then I listen to it over and over. Not a bad one in the batch. Every time I hear the lines like to The Story I'm amazed. I don't know why, but this verse just amazes me:
Well our father married our mother too young
And he took on a world like a fortunate son
But in the cellar downstairs waiting for the bomb scare
He would hide from us under the kitchen
Where she simmered so soft with her weapons of tin
And like so many suppers she just gave us to him
And he never did guess in her cast iron dress
She was burning beyond recognition
PERFECTION! The title song is strong and determined. The lines: Cause he seemed like a miracle, I ate it up like cereal, but it was something like shrapnel" rank up there with the absolute best descriptions of relationships gone wrong. Shotgun is a marvel of emotional expression. Something To Believe In is tender and touching but not in the least saccharine sweet. Shawn Colvin's delivery is always 100% on the money. The production is great. The instrumentation never outweighs the songs.
On this album Shawn Colvin shows that she is not just another girl with a guitar but an incredible talent. There isn't a bad number on this CD. Highly recommended!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her very best 25 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Shawn Colvin has to be one of the best singer/songwriters working right now, but her first album is still her best, in my opinion. I've played this CD so much that it's almost become like a soundtrack to my life. The songs are filled with affirming insights into life experience. While I can't say I love every track ("Another Long One" is probably my least favorite), the overwhelming majority of songs that have resonance and beauty is amazing. Look for "Cry Like an Angel," "Something to Believe in," and especially "Ricochet in Time." This CD only gets better the more you listen!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL HER BEST WORK.... 7 Sep 2006
By Scott V. Wonders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Althgh I have nearly all of Shawn Colvin's albums & have seen her live twice, this album remains her best work to date. I am a great fan of her sound, music, lyrics - but somehow this album is most identifiable from the first cord. Ms. Colvin is a remarkable artist, poet. There are few artists like her and/or could be compared to her : Jann Arden comes to mind @ the moment. If anyone is curious about Shawn Colvin's music - I HIGHLY recommend this album to be where you shld begin your collection.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat obsolete 26 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As good as this album is, it was rendered somewhat obsolete in 1995 when the "Live '88" was given a commercial release.
"Live '88" was the tape Shawn sold at her live shows before she landed a recording contract with Sony. In 1995 it was finally given a CD release on the Plump label.
Eight, of the ten songs on "Steady On" are also on "Live '88" and in each case, the version there is even better than the ones here. Accompanying herself on little more than her guitar the songs are presented in a more intimate manner. Shawn is in fine voice, and there is little of the studio production clutter that sometimes gets in the way on "Steady On."
The one exception to the above rule, is "Another Long One" which does benefit from the percussion production given it here.
So go ahead and get this fine CD, but be sure to also pick up "Live '88." Not only will you get to hear these great songs in an even better setting, you'll get to hear Shawn's breathtaking cover of Paul Simon's "Kathy's Song."
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