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Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
The Green World is the Dar Williams of the 21st Century collecting the musical, inspirational and emotional elements she developed over the last three albums and taking them all one great musical step further. The songs on... more »
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The Green World is the Dar Williams of the 21st Century collecting the musical, inspirational and emotional elements she developed over the last three albums and taking them all one great musical step further. The songs on The Green World shine. Recorded in Woodstock and in New York City, Dar has added a new dimension to her work by using producer Stewart Lerman and a host of ace studio musicians. Their dramatic arrangements showcase not only her appealingly complex lyrics but also her growing musical and vocal maturity. Dar has added a new dimension to her recorded work. 24 bit / 96 kHz DVD-Audio, 24 bit / 48 kHz Dolby Digital 5.1, and stereo options
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Elizabeth F. (celeria)
Reviewed on 4/7/2007...
One of Dar Williams' more recent works, this album took a while to grow on me, probably because the first few songs are energetic and upbeat and the music overshadows the lyrics. But the quieter and more multilayered songs - After All, Calling the Moon - remain my favourites.
Brian Melendez | Minneapolis, MN United States | 12/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had never heard of Dar Williams before a moment of words and music caught my attention in the background of a television show: "Once upon a time I had control / And reined my soul in tight." I tracked down the lyrics, from the song "After All," and ended up buying "The Green World." The song was a lyrical treasure, about the singer coming to terms with her family ("I am the daughter of a great romance / And they are the children of the war") and thereby unlocking her own life ("Well the sun rose with so many colors / It nearly broke my heart / And worked me over like a work of art . . ."). Not since I first heard Nanci Griffith singing "I Knew Love" have I listened to a new (to me, anyway) artist with such delight.After listening to "After All" for about the hundredth time, I tried the rest of the album, and was pleasantly surprised that "After All" was not just a gem in a five-and-dime store. Dar Williams can write, and she can sing, and both with art and heart and depth and range. Even her slightly jaunty tunes ("What Do You Love More Than Love," "Another Mystery") glitter with wry lyrical twists. Her tribute "I Had No Right" introduced me to Father Daniel Berrigan, an antiwar activist in the Vietnam era, who coupled his protest with a deeply reflective personal literature about social conscience ("First it was question, then it was a mission / How to be American, how to be a Christian") that I have just begun exploring.I have become a fan overnight. I look forward to getting to know the rest of Dar Williams's music."
Dar's gifts are obscured by generic production
Jonathan B Whitcomb | New Hampshire USA | 08/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dar Williams is a very talented singer, song writer and performer. Her live performances hold a special place in my life, partially because they were wonderful, memorable shows, but more-so because my wife conceived shortly after each show. I guess when we're done expanding the family we'll have to miss Dar's shows!This album opens with a military snare drum rhythm and a blast of synthesized trumpets which serve notice that this is a new sound for Dar. Indeed, the album has a thickly layered sound where the producer seems hell bent on filling the spaces that used to punctuate Dar's recordings. I'm not a folk purist who objects to production out of hand. Indeed, I find the skillful juxtaposition of non-traditional sounds enhance an album, as Mitchell Froom's productions of Suzanne Vega and Ron Sexsmith do. But here Stewart Lerman glosses over the subtlety of Dar's songs and diverts the listener's attention away from their strengths rather than highlighting them.So does this ruin the album? No. It just makes the listener work harder to delve beneath the sonic layers to appreciate the fine material. In fact, this is state of the art production. Unfortunately, the current trend is to compress all the dynamics of a song and force the singer to compensate by over emoting. And while this works for demonstrative singers like Jewel, singers with subtler gifts get lost in the shuffle. So this album will do little to distinguish Dar Williams from scads of singer/song-writers trying to break into the limelight. And that's the tragedy here, since Dar is a rare talent who deserves to rise above the pack.Some recording artists need this sort of production to hide second rate material. But Dar Williams is a gifted story teller with an ear for strong melodies. The relentless layers of sound smother the subtleties of her writing and performance so instead of an outstanding album, we get merely a good one."