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Stories
Maura O'Connell
Stories
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
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Maura O'Connell does not want to be called a singer-songwriter--just a singer, thank you. The Irish redhead even once ordered some T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, "I Just Sing." Few people of any description can sing ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Maura O'Connell
Title: Stories
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hannibal
Release Date: 9/19/1995
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 031257138925, 031257138949, 031257138963

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Maura O'Connell does not want to be called a singer-songwriter--just a singer, thank you. The Irish redhead even once ordered some T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, "I Just Sing." Few people of any description can sing as well as O'Connell, whose sumptuous mezzo-soprano realizes a fullness of tone in its quiet moments that other singers can only match by wailing. Moreover, O'Connell inhabits each song so thoroughly that she creates the illusion she is singing pages torn from her own diary. Because she's such a special singer and because she poses no competitive threat as a tunesmith herself, O'Connell gets first dibs on new songs by some of the best songwriters in Ireland and North America. Thus she assembles a dozen terrific songs for her 1995 album, Stories, that few songwriters could match by themselves. Writers as diverse as Pennsylvania folkie John Gorka, Texas country artist Hal Ketchum, and Irish folk-rocker Paul Brady have given O'Connell first crack at wonderful songs that have never been recorded before. Stories was produced by Nashville Dobro whiz Jerry Douglas, who uses such pals as Stuart Duncan, Tim O'Brien, Edgar Meyer, and Zane Baxter to provide chamber-like string-band arrangements that are perfect for O'Connell's balladry. One of the few previously recorded numbers on the album is the Beatles' "If I Fell," but the reluctance in O'Connell's vocal captures the fear in John Lennon's lyric as no other version has. --Geoffrey Himes

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CD Reviews

I Listen to This One Over and Over...
Lawrence E. Wilson | Mayfield, East Sussex, UK | 07/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I absolutely love Maura O'Connell's voice, and while I like all of her albums, Stories is the one that I play over and over, the one that I take on road trips, the one that I pretty much have memorized. A really fine mix of songs---my especial favorite is "Half Moon Bay," a haunting memory-song which never fails to get me weepy. If you're buying your first O'Connell album, this would definitely be my recommendation."
Unbelievable! One of my all-time favorites.
B. Henderson | Nashville, TN | 12/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On a trip to Big Sur and surrounding areas, I had only this CD to listen to for over 15 hours of driving -- not even the radio worked. And I still couldn't get enough. And now here I am, years later, still listening to the CD on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Ordinary Day is a painting of a song. And Maura's vocal on Poetic Justice is as beautiful as anytthing ever recorded. Get this CD and you will have no regrets."
A Great Find
Patrick Quinn-Graham | Auckland, New Zealand | 04/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is something about Maura O'Connell's voice, that is just enchanting - to the point that I purchased 3 CDS - (2 from a local retailer, and another from Amazon without even hearing any of the songs), in the space of 4 hours.Stories was the first album I heard - way back in 1997 - and I have been hooked on this voice ever since.To be honest, this voice just hits a chord deep inside. Give her a listen!"