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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is a fine bluegrass album by two very good musicians. I tried it because I loved (and still love) Edie Brickell's Shooting Rubber Bands At The Stars all those years ago and although it's nothing like that great record, I still enjoyed it a lot.

The album contains 13 compact songs featuring Brickell's vocals, Steve Martin's banjo and some very discreet percussion, plus some richer string arrangements at times. The songs are original and listenable, and many tell a story as bluegrass songs so often do. They are all original compositions with Martin's music and Brickell's lyrics and are unpretentious and straightforward but have genuine quality about them. Melodies and words are interesting and at times arresting, and the performances are very good indeed.

It has been said before but it's worth repeating that Steve Martin is genuinely a very good banjo player and musician. Edie Brickell, too, is a terrific singer with an individual style which I love, and she writes thoughtful, quirky and intelligent lyrics. This adds up to good songs, very well performed. My only reservation is that, somehow, I found that listening to the whole album at once got a bit much and I could have done with a little more variety to leaven the experience, but in smaller batches of a few songs at a time it's really good.

Recommended to anyone who likes original and intelligent bluegrass music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2013
So , Steve Martin I knew about , Ms Brickell no.. ( Sorry - but mainstream I don't do). This is music with space to it. There's an old timey feel to this. Martin has to be one of the best. sympathetic to the vocals. Its a rolling banjo- not the full, in your face playing of an Earl Scruggs, its playing that drifts in and out of the songs. As is common these days, there are the inevitable guest appearences- Esperanza Spalding pops up on bass,Waddy Wachtel on guitars..
Peter Aschers production is sparse.letting the music speak for itself. There's air in these songs . music for a quiet Sunday morning. Music that smells of the mountains..Lie back and enjoy- let the pictures take you ..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
Nice bit of banjo picking from Mr Martin and lovely vocals from Edie Brickell, however as another reviewer found it is a little 'samey' and some of the songs are a bit cheesy. I love bluegrass but felt it needed a fuller band and/or a might more variety. Can't fault the performance or lyrics but there is a star lacking somewhere. (I think I was spoiled by his 'Rare Bird Alert' album).
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on 25 October 2014
Terrific CD. A new slant on blue grass with a dash of country I suppose. Edie Brickell is superb as usual and I find that Steve Martin
is not just a very talented comedy actor but also a composer of ability.
I can highly recommend this CD, it is one of the few I have that I am not tempted to skip over certain tracks.
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on 19 July 2013
Good CD from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. I thought it would be a strange mixture, but was pleasantly surprised, my only criticism would be that all songs on CD sound too similar
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on 21 May 2013
So pleased Steve Martin linked up with the also so talented Edie Brickell!
Their album is a masterpiece, fresh original foot tapping soul feeling composition! well done!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2013
I was looking forward to getting this album but I am really dissappointed with it. Steve Martin's banjo playing is as always good but with all the tracks sounding very "samey" some tracks I couldn't bear to listen to right to the end. In fact I was thoroughly bored by half way through. What happened to the "fun" type tracks that were on The Crow?
A very depressing album and I wish I hadn't wasted my money.
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on 26 November 2013
I love this cd and steve martin in brilliant, as ever. It's a great, quality product, i'm really pleased with it and would recommend it to banjo lovers.
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on 15 May 2013
Have always been a Steve Martin fan and his musical tastes are a pleasant additional surprise. Look forward to hearing some more in the near future.
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on 3 July 2013
Not as good as his previous album, but how do you know until you sit down and listen to it ?
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