|Sixpence None the Richer ♣ Lost In Transition (2012)|
Sixpence None the Richer — Lost In Transition
Origin: New Braunfels, Texas, United States of America
Location: NASHVILLE, US
Album release: August 7th, 2012
Record Label: Sixpence
01. My Dear Machine (2:43)
02. Radio (3:31)
03. Give It Back (4:44)
04. Safety Line (4:35)
05. When You Call Me (3:21)
06. Should Not Be This Hard (3:13)
07. Go Your Way (3:11)
08. Failure (3:30)
09. Don't Blame Yourself (3:36)
10. Stand My Ground (2:37)
11. Sooner Than Later (3:33)
12. Be OK (2:34)
≈ Ashworth Composer
≈ Justin Cary Bass, Guitar (Baritone)
≈ Don Clark Art Direction, Design
≈ Cason Cooley Keyboards
≈ Kevin Dean Engineer
≈ Jason Lehning Keyboards, Mixing
≈ Greg Leisz Lap Steel Guitar, Pedal Steel
≈ Bob Ludwig Mastering
≈ Leigh Nash Vocals
≈ John Painter Horn
≈ Will Sayles Drums, Percussion
≈ Jim Scott Engineer, Mixing, Percussion, Producer
≈ Sixpence None the Richer Primary Artist
≈ Matt Slocum Band Photo, Cello, Composer, Guitar
≈ Daniel Tashian Producer
¶ As an album title, Lost in Transition seems apt. For Sixpence None the Richer, it's a reminder of the struggles and uncertainty the band endured over the past few years, before ultimately finding their way again. Since forming in 1993, the Nashville-based band has released four albums, scored several hit singles (''Kiss Me,'' ''There She Goes,'' ''Don't Dream It's Over'' and ''Breathe Your Name''), appeared on seemingly a million soundtracks, landed a platinum record and even earned a few Grammy nominations. But the band amicably parted ways in 2004, shortly after releasing their last full-length record, Divine Discontent. The ''transition'' had begun. After a few outside ventures and solo albums, the band reunited five years ago. But putting together a new, original full-length record was never necessarily in the cards. For one, the band had to wade through various label and business issues; fortunately, they were able to find a new found musical freedom by partnering with the independent music distributor The Orchard. Transition also features a stripped down sound; the end result is a gorgeous mix of pop hooks, piano, acoustic guitars, a bit of country and a new found and beautiful simplicity to the songs. (Fortaken: http://www.hitfix.com)
≈ Matt Slocum – guitar, cello
≈ Leigh Nash – vocals
≈ Justin Cary – bass (1997–2004, 2008–)
≈ TJ Behling – bass (1990–1994)
≈ Brad Arnold – drums (1990–1994)
≈ James Arhelger – bass (1994–1995)
≈ Joel Bailey – bass (1994–1995)
≈ Dale Baker – drums (1993–2001)
≈ Tess Wiley – guitar (1995–1996) (also on 2008 European tour)
≈ J.J. Plasencio – bass (1995–1996)
≈ Sean Kelly – guitar (1997–2004)
≈ Rob Mitchell – drums (2001–2004)
≈ Jerry Dale McFadden – keyboard (2001–2004)
Leigh Nash MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/leighnash
Origin of the band's name:
¶ Leigh Nash described the origin of the band's name on the Late Show with David Letterman:
It comes from a book by C. S. Lewis called Mere Christianity. A little boy asks his father if he can get a sixpence—a very small amount of English currency—to go and get a gift for his father. The father gladly accepts the gift and he's really happy with it, but he also realizes that he's not any richer for the transaction. C.S. Lewis was comparing that to his belief that God has given him, and us, the gifts that we possess, and to serve Him the way we should, we should do it humbly—realizing how we got the gifts in the first place.
— Leigh Nash
Review by Rick Anderson
¶ Sixpence None the Richer disbanded in 2004, and its two central figures -- guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum and singer/songwriter Leigh Nash -- pursued other projects and solo albums for a few years. In 2007, Nash and Slocum reunited and began working on new songs, five of which were released as the My Dear Machine EP in 2008. Four of those songs now appear on Lost in Transition, the band's first full-length album since its breakup. Working with producer Jim Scott, whose alt-pop and alt-country credentials are pure gold, Sixpence None the Richer have here created what may be the most richly textured and fully realized album of their career; songs like "Safety Line" and "Should Not Be This Hard" are both brilliantly structured and emotionally complex, while "Give It Back" and "When You Call Me" continue the exploration of themes related to ""pseudo-Christian faith"" that have been at the core of Sixpence None the Richer's mission since the band's earliest days. Slocum's voice has strengthened as she has gotten older; the breathy warble is still there, but there's a grainier edge to it, and she wields it with more confidence and power. And she and Slocum have evolved into a truly top-notch songwriting team, his seemingly bottomless bag of guitar tricks propel the songs forward with both grace and power. Those looking for another "Kiss Me" may be disappointed, by Lost in Transition, but if you want mature songcraft, there's plenty of it to be found on this richly rewarding album.
≈ 1992: The Original Demos
≈ 1994: The Fatherless and the Widow
≈ 1995: This Beautiful Mess
≈ 1997: Sixpence None the Richer
≈ 2002: Divine Discontent
≈ 2008: The Dawn of Grace
≈ 2012: Lost in Transition
¶ Matt Slocum (born 27 December 1972) is a guitarist, cellist, pianist and composer, known for his work as the principal songwriter and lead guitarist of Sixpence None the Richer.
In 1991, Slocum played guitar in with Chris Taylor on a garage-band tape release called A Place to Hide Away (Part 1). He was a member of Love Coma, a Christian rock band, and in the early 1990s he met vocalist Leigh Bingham Nash while attending the same church in New Braunfels, TX. Slocum and Leigh formed Sixpence None the Richer; he and Nash are the band's only constant members. He co-wrote, with Nash, the song Nervous In the Light of Dawn for Nash's debut solo album Blue on Blue.
¶ In 2006, Slocum toured with the band The Choir, playing bass. He has also played guitar with Over the Rhine, and currently, has played bass in the band the Astronaut Pushers.
Slocum played cello on Viva Voce's first album, Hooray For Now. As studio guitarist and cellist, he has recorded on albums by artists Julie Miller, Plumb, Wes King, Switchfoot, Hammock, Lost Dogs, The Choir, Dividing the Plunder, Threefold, and Brooke Waggoner. He also appeared as cellist on the Chris Rice DVD Inside Out.
¶ Leigh Anne Bingham Nash (born June 27, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter who is the lead vocalist for the pop band Sixpence None the Richerand is also a member of Fauxliage and Movement Nashville.
¶ Her debut solo album, Blue on Blue, was released on August 15, 2006 by One Son/ Nettwerk record labels.
¶ Leigh is the younger of two sisters. She married PFR drummer Mark Nash in May 1996, whom she met while both bands were performing at the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois. They had one child together in 2004. The couple divorced in 2007. Leigh married musician Stephen Wilson in 2011.
¶ Nash has two distinct poles of inspiration: her work with Sixpence in the Christian music sphere and her childhood fascination with older female country artists like Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, and Patsy Cline.
¶ "I started singing country music and learning old country songs on the guitar when I was 12. I was really, really shy but just had this desire to get on stage and started calling clubs myself to ask if I could come down and sing", says Nash, who grew up in the southern Texas town of New Braunfels.
¶ Before long, the adolescent Nash was singing Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker songs like "You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man" and "Texas When I Die" on alcohol-free, open mic Sunday nights, backed by a middle-aged band of town locals. In spite of her country allure, Nash never developed an accent, and later in life her interest in pop acts like The Sundays, Innocence Mission, and The Cranberries provided more formative material for her songwriting and singing.
© Jeremy Cowart
|Sixpence None The Richer ♣ Lost In Transition (2012)|