|My Brightest Diamond|
|Bring Me the Workhorse|
My Brightest Diamond — Bring Me the Workhorse (Aug. 22, 2006)
•≡• K tomuto albu patří i remixy od: Alias, L’usine, Gold Chains, Stakka, Murcof, Alfred Brown, DJ Kenny Mitchell, Haruki, David Keith, David Michael Stith, Siamese Sisters, Strings Of Consciousness a Cedar AV.
•≡• As impressive as her list of recent collaborators, Shara Worden’s voice and arresting live performances have left audiences thunderstruck from the Sydney Opera house to Lincoln Center to the House of Blues. She’s performed under the experimental–pop moniker My Brightest Diamond for the last seven years, and counts The National, The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne as friends and fans. Born: April 22, 1974
Location: Eldorado, Arkansas ~ North Texas ~ New York City ~ Detroit, Michigan
Album release: August 22, 2006
Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty
Genre: Indie / Alternative / Folk
01 Something Of An End 4:51
02 Golden Star 2:56
03 Gone Away 4:43
04 Dragonfly 5:24
05 Freak Out 3:33
06 We Were Sparkling 2:43
07 Disappear 4:05
08 The Robin’s Jar 3:21
09 Magic Rabbit 5:26
10 The Good & The Bad Guy 4:16
11 Workhorse 4:44
•≡• All tracks written by Shara Worden.
•≡ Shara Worden — lead & backing vocals, guitars, electric piano, celesta, organ, vibraphone, musical box, percussion & string arrangements
•≡ Chris Bruce — bass guitar
•≡ Earl Harvin — drums
•≡ Marla Hansen — viola
•≡ Maria Jeffers — cello
•≡ Rob Moose — violin
•≡ Zac Rae — keyboards (#1, 11)
•≡ David Stith — prepared piano (#5), backing vocals (#7, 9)
•≡ Barry Wright — trumpet (#10)
•≡ Keith Wright — accordion (#3)
•≡ Alan Douches — Mastering
•≡ Mikael Hines — Assistant Photographer
•≡ Katrina Kerns — Make–Up, Hair Stylist
•≡ Kevin McMahon — String Engineer
•≡ Heather Morris — Hair Stylist
•≡ Joel Shearer — Engineer
•≡ Andrew Sheps — Mixing
•≡ Sarah Small — Photography
•≡ David Stith — Layout Design, Drawing
•≡ Shara Worden — Producer, Engineer, Artistic Director
≡• Recorded At — Marcata Recording
≡• Mixed At — Punker Pad West
≡• Mastered At — West West Side MusicDescription:
•≡• Bring Me The Workhorse courageously gathers all the essential elements of classical and pop to create an album that breaks down the barriers of both worlds. These songs are simultaneously gentle and urgent, evoking moments of tremendous joy and sorrow with the magnitude of Italian opera and the modesty of a Japanese haiku.
•≡• Under Shara’s gaze, ordinary objects begin to have supernatural meanings. A robin’s nest, a grocery list, a glass bottle come to represent love, mortality, and the overwhelming need to “freak out” every once in a while. Shara is not afraid to use superlatives. But she also considers the benefits of self–control. This is most evident in the carefulness of her arrangements. Earthy drums and bass guitar are augmented by Celeste, music boxes, prepared piano, and a string quartet; each song is scrupulously composed and arranged by Shara herself.•≡• Shara’s songwriting reconciles the high art of opera with the low–brow of the folk song by compounding them into a form that is both as sublime as it is pragmatic. The music is set in transcendent landscapes familiar to Wagner’s operas, but it is also planted firmly in the materials of everyday life: dirt, tree branches, bird feathers and thrown away charms. Strings and chimes beckon mysterious apparitions, but Shara’s tone of voice is dead serious.
•≡• Almost every song pivots around a moment of crisis, distilling stories to their most distressing points of contact: a phone call, an injured horse, a dragonfly caught in a spider’s web. Shara doesn’t share all the information — just the stuff that matters. •≡• The effect is a sensational compression of time, in which an entire event is summarized in a single note. This, of course, is the essence of opera. But My Brightest Diamond is much more than musical theater.
•≡• Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Worden can.
•≡• Her multi faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts. This Is My Hand, her fourth album, marks a confident return to rock music, one informed by her mastery of composition and a new exploration into the electronic.
•≡• Born (April 22, 1974) in diamondrich Arkansas and then raised all around the country, Worden came from a musical family of traveling evangelists. She went on to study operatic voice and then classical composition after a move to New York City.
•≡• Shara began issuing recordings as My Brightest Diamond in 2006, following a protean period in the band AwRY, and joining Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers live ensemble. Asthmatic Kitty Records released her debut album, Bring Me The Workhorse in 2006, A Thousand Sharks’ Teeth in 2008, and 2011’s All Things Will Unwind, which featured songs written for the chamber ensemble yMusic.
•≡• In between MBD, well known fans became collaborators, and collaborative projects amassed. Highlights include singing in Laurie Anderson’s 2008 show “Homeland,” delivering guest vocals on The Decemberists’ 2009 Hazards of Love album and subsequently joining them on tour, performing in Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s multimedia presentation “The Long Count,” singing and recording for Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang and singing in Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Penelope” and “Unremembered.” Shara has also worked with David Byrne (on his concept musical “Here Lies Love”), Fat Boy Slim, Bon Iver and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
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|My Brightest Diamond|
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