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Stephen Fearing - Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket

Stephen Fearing

True North Records - TND 410

Available from Maple Music.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

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This is Canadian Stephen Fearing's 8th album, and, as is his wont, he is stretching his boundaries, pushing past limits ever further to open up new panoramas to explore with his material. For the first time in awhile he has assumed the role of producer, thus taking the bulk of responsibility and placing it on himself, and it is a role he wears well as it is a consistent and cohesive disc. He either wrote or co-wrote all of the songs but one, and that is, Goodnight Moon, written by Will Kimbrough. There is a very relaxed feeling to the disc, it doesn't take away from the tensions created in the songs but the overall feel is one of an easy unique smoothness that is contagious. He has enlisted the aid of many friends: Colin Linden and Tom Wilson his partners in Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies), Josh Finlayson (The Skydiggers) with who he co-wrote many of the songs, and Richard Bell, to help hang the flesh on these songs.

These eleven songs reflect the life that he is now living—the loves, the sorrows, the road and its many adventures, and friends and what they provide. There is that ease of delivery and smoothness that dictates the tempo and pace of this disc. It is quiet reflection more than hurried urgency, where taking the time to reflect life provides the rich diversity of these songs.

Track List:

  • Yellowjacket (Stephen Fearing / Tom Wilson)
  • The Man Who Married Music
  • One Flat Tire
  • Love Only Knows (Stephen Fearing / Josh Finlayson)
  • Like Every Other Morning
  • When My Work Is Done (Josh Finlayson / Stephen Fearing)
  • Whoville
  • This Guitar (Stephen Fearing / Josh Finlayson)
  • Johnny's Lament
  • Ball 'n' Chain (Josh Finlayson / Stephen Fearing)
  • Goodnight Moon (Will Kimbrough)
All songs by Stephen Fearing except as noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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