Ian Hunter Shrunken Heads
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- Released: May 15, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Yep Roc Records
Rolling Stone - p.933.5 stars out of 5 -- "SHRUNKEN HEADS is one of the best albums Hunter has made since the end of Mott, with its vintage surge and articulate fury."
CMJ - p.44"He revs up with loose rockers, like 'Fuss About Nothin,' but gets deadly serious on a call-and-response reaction to Hurricane Katrina..."
No Depression - p.91"[The album] finds a comfortable middle ground between Bruce Springsteen's soulful bar-band rock and Randy Newman's character sketches....The closing track, 'Read 'Em And Weep', is a plaintive voice-and-piano ballad, and it's simply heartbreaking."
- 1.Words (Big Mouth)
- 2.Fuss About Nothin'
- 3.When the World Was Round
- 5.Shrunken Heads
- 6.Soul Of America
- 7.How's Your House
- 8.Guiding Light
- 10.I Am What I Hated When I Was Young
- 11.Read 'Em 'N' Weep
Personnel: Ian Hunter (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano, background vocals); Ian Hunter; Christine Ohlman, Jeff Tweedy, Jesse Hunter, Mary Lee Kortes (vocals, background vocals); Dannis Dunaway (vocals); Jim Mastro (electric guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar, E-bow, background vocals); James Mastro (baritone guitar); Graham Maby (bass instrument, background vocals); Rick Tedesco (steel bowls); Dennis Dunaway (background vocals); Andy York (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar, nylon-string guitar, banjo, ukulele, piano, background vocals); Mark Bosch (guitar); Jack Petruzzelli (electric guitar, slide guitar, wah-wah guitar, omnichord, background vocals); Andy Burton (resonator guitar, accordion, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, background vocals); Soozie Tyrell (violin, strings); Peter Moshay (keyboards); Tony Shanahan (upright bass); Steve Holley (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Peter Moshay.
Recording information: A-Pawling Studios, Pawling, NY; Brookfield, CT; The Hangar Studio; The Loft, Chicago, IL.
Though he's destined to be forever known as the man who made UK glam-rock history in the '70s with Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes," Ian Hunter has spent his professional life from 1975 on as an acclaimed solo artist. Hewing mainly to the path of straight-ahead rock & roll over the years, he's rarely strayed too far from the stylistic template he established with Mott. 2007's SHRUNKEN HEADS, however, is Hunter's most organic and rootsy effort to date. Awash in acoustic strum and electric twang, it makes clear the extent to which Hunter is influenced by American roots music. Having guest vocals by Wilco mainman Jeff Tweedy on a number of tracks doesn't hurt either, and the explicitly American subject matter on several songs finds longtime U.S. resident Hunter farther from his glam-rock days than ever.
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