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Shannon Mcnally
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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Geronimo, the follow-up to Shannon McNally's intoxicating 2002 debut, Jukebox Sparrows, follows the same rootsy pop/R&B/folk/alt-country path, yet goes the distance to prove that the transplanted New Yorker, now living in ...  more »


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All Artists: Shannon Mcnally
Title: Geronimo
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Back Porch
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 6/28/2005
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724347726927, 724347726958

Geronimo, the follow-up to Shannon McNally's intoxicating 2002 debut, Jukebox Sparrows, follows the same rootsy pop/R&B/folk/alt-country path, yet goes the distance to prove that the transplanted New Yorker, now living in New Orleans and soaking up the bayou blues, is more than just a Sheryl Crow/Bonnie Raitt clone. Her songwriting--deft, atmospheric, and loaded with memorable lines ("Listening for the sound of my last hope hitting the ground")--settles mainly on the searing emotional pain of romantic dissolution, yet always offers enough irony and universal touchstones (e.g., running into an old lover by chance) to win over even the most casual listener. She hits her stride on the title cut, which uses the sad, shameful defeat of the Native Americans as the subtheme to a well-fought battle of love. As on her debut, McNally rarely veers out of a mid-tempo groove, and producer Charlie Sexton, who keeps things spare but interesting (like steel drum accents on "Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes"), is right to encourage only the one overt rocker, "The Hard Way," and to simply let the artist be herself. McNally is so irresistibly winsome, sexy, seductive, and vulnerable that, chances are, you'll be ready to move in by the end of the opening track. --Alanna Nash

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Judith L. (Bookwitch) from WOODSFIELD, OH
Reviewed on 12/9/2009...
I put this CD inm player..about an hour ago..and i have to say ...this woman "knows her stuff."...with Charle Sexton on board..she could have coasted on her looks..but listen to her voice..this is a good CD...won't set the world on fire...but who cares?

good songs/lyrics
don't pass this one by

CD Reviews

Entertaining, but not life changing
Mr. M. Thomas | Newton Abbot, Devon United Kingdom | 08/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For me, this was a solid and entertaining piece of work. The song writing, vocals, arrangements and production are all very good indeed. Shannon McNally has a wonderful voice; it's open, warm, communicative, exciting, and strong, with just enough rawness in the right places. At times, the vocals were reminiscent of Joan Osborne, and that can hardly be a bad thing. The overall sound seems to be based on roots, rock, country, or folk, with different contributions depending on the song. If you like Tift Merritt then I see no reason at all why you won't like this. To my mind, this CD is perhaps slightly better than Tambourine, but that's just a opinion. I guess Geronimo isn't going to change my life, but it does provide a solid slice of entertainment and I recommend you buy it."
A True Independent / North American Ghost Music
M. Beckerman | Los Angeles, CA | 07/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Shannon's latest album comes three and a half years after her original big-label release on Capitol Records, Jukebox Sparrows. That album, while packed with excellent songs and performances, was a real struggle to complete due to the resistance of the record company against Shannon's own very solid vision of the record and the songs, and Shannon's resistance to the way they wanted to "package" her.

Geronimo, by contrast, was completed and released relatively quickly, and many of the songs on it she has "lived with," peformed and transformed since the Capitol days. She has said that it is a much truer achievement of her vision, which on this current tour she is calling "North American Ghost Music" as a phrase attempting to catch the broad set of influences in her songwriting and singing (and what a voice!): blues, pop, country, folk, jazz, literature, American mythology, Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Ry Cooder and on and on...I even hear a lot of Pink Floyd in the track "Sweet Forgiveness". Buying this album (and her others) is a great way to support a true independent, both in terms of corporate affiliations and in her creative thinking. There is really nothing she can't do if she has a loyal, growing fan base to encourage her.

I saw her live show last night in L.A., and she continues to improve as a performer (she even took an electric guitar solo on Sweet Forgiveness!). The band is funky, cool and LOUD, and her live performances illustrate that she is no studio creation and is really guiding her own destiny now. Her live shows indicate that she can really pump some rock-n-roll energy into what one of the other reviews called "mid-tempo" numbers. My only complaint about the show as it was too short!

BTW, in the interest of full disclosure, Shannon is a friend I have known for 9 years, but don't doubt that this gal is the genuine article."