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Traveling Alone

2 Oct. 2012 | Format: MP3

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The title of Tift Merritt's fifth album is probably quite apt, considering that she is now on her third record label. Why she hasn't sold tons of albums is a bit of a mystery to me. Though the music that Tift Merritt has produced on her previous albums hasn't ever strayed from what would be labelled alt-country, 'Traveling Alone' feels much like her roots album. Lots of stripped back and dusty Americana, which sounds amazing. Title track 'Traveling Alone' may well be one of my favourite Tift Merritt songs, while 'Spring' and 'Feeling Of Beauty' are much in the same vain. The country-soul of 'Small Talk Relations' is another highlight. Throw in a couple of upbeat country-rock tunes 'Still Not Home' and 'To Myself', and what you have is a very strong album. With a collection of well crafted songs and Tift, as usual, in great voice, backed by a quality band, 'Traveling Alone' could well be her finest moment.
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By Angel Delta TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2012
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On her fifth studio album Tift Merritt continues to deliver the benchmark standard of songwriting and performance that has characterised her work since her 2002 debut, "Bramble Rose". With so many female performers crowding the Americana scene you have to bring something special to the table.

First of all, there is the voice - sweet, plaintive and sensual and then the lyrical and melodic original songs which, on "Traveling Alone", are loosely woven around the theme of solitude, that sense of being on your own. The scene is set by the sad melancholy title track with the spare accompaniment adding to that feeling of being apart.

Tift is at her best with slow tempo ballads and there are some magical songs in this collection blessed with enchanting arrangements. The poignant "Small Talk Relations" has Tift's plaintive voice and elegant phrasing caressing the haunting melody with piano, steel guitar and cello making such sweet music. The superb ringing steel of Son Volt's Eric Heyward is much in evidence on the lovely "Sweet Spot" with Calexico's John Convertino so solid on drums but it is always Tift playing centre stage.

However, the absolute linchpin of this album is the wonderful ballad "Drifted Apart", a stunning portrait of a dying affair. If there has been a better song about heartache written this century I'd sure like to hear about it. It is a duet of great beauty with Andrew Bird's ethereal tenor sounding eerily like the late Roy Orbison and in perfect counterpoint to Tift.

But the up tempo numbers bring their own rewards and with "Still Not Home" Tift evokes the sound of Emmylou Harris with driving percussion reminiscent of her Hot Band. But as good as the band is producer Tucker Martine, (who also produced Beth Orton's latest), wisely elected not to overwhelm Tift's voice and let her do full justice to her haunting songs and her own vision of alternative country.
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Unlike one reviewer complaint his copy vinyl record was of a man singing what you have is a recording of Tift Merritt on 2 180 Grammies records with a playback speed of 45 rpm. If you played these records at 33.3 rpm because the speed is too slow Tift does sound very bassy.
Great recordings at a phenomenal price for reference quality transcriptions. The music is excellent. Great dynamics, depth and musicality with a natural, easy going ambience. A must buy for all serious audiophiles.
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This was recommended to me by an aunt in Nashville and I adore it! Tift's voice is a cross between Jennifer Warnes and Emmylou Harris. Strong lyrics, beautiful melodies and a wonderful array of songs on the album. Love love love. Start with "Sweet Spot" and go from there.
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Lovely idea to produce this as a book with an extra unreleased album
and photos and lyrics, special praise to Eric Heywood who I first heard
playing with Son Volt. He pops up playing for lots of artists and is a
brilliant guitarist. I missed her concert at Brighton which I regret, hope
to see her again ASAP
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By pwb on 20 Oct. 2012
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This is the best album yet from this artiste. Wonderful. And a brilliant band of musicians. Not one duff track to be found. Will figure in a lot of Album of the Year lists.
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As the title suggests, this is a companion disc to the Travelling Alone album.
I bought Travelling alone on release day because I am a huge fan of Tift's and I was not disappointed.
I have seen lots of video clips the last year of Tift on this and that TV show and always either a solo performance or with Eric.
Recently I got the chance to see Tift perform solo at the Poctoberfest; this album brings back the memories.
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