- Released: November 23, 2004
- Label: Silverline Records
Rolling Stone - 3/6/03, p.703 stars out of 5
- "...Williams is an earnest and unadorned vocalist....She seems more at ease than ever..."
Dirty Linen - 06-07/03, p.87
"...Bursts out of the starting blocks with the breathtaking rush of 'The World's Not Falling Apart'..."
- 1.Mercy of the Fallen
- 2.Farewell to the Old One
- 3.I Saw a Bird Fly Away
- 4.The Beauty of the Rain
- 5.The World's Falling Apart
- 6.The One Who Knows
- 7.Closer to Me
- 8.Fishing in the Morning
- 9.Whispering Pines
- 10.Your Fire Your Soul
- 11.I Have Lost My Dreams
Personnel: Dar Williams (vocals, guitar); Alison Krauss (vocals, fiddle); John Popper (vocals, harmonica); Cliff Eberhardt (vocals); Eric Bazilian (guitar, mandolin); Steuart Smith (guitar, 12-string guitar, piano); Bela Fleck (banjo); David Mansfield (violin); Michael Kang (fiddle); Chris Botti (trumpet); Rob Hyman (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, melodica); John Medeski (Hammond B-3 organ); John Medeski (keyboards); Steffan Lessard, William Wittman, Stewart Lerman, Paul Sokolow (bass); Steve Holley, Sammy Merendino (drums); Carol Steele (percussion).
Recorded at the Shinebox, New York, New York.
Dar Williams' fifth album THE BEAUTY OF THE RAIN finds the singer-songwriter getting around the loneliness of being "a girl with a guitar" and chronicling her move from New York City to Massachusetts by breaking out her little black book to reel in a number of famous names. The result is a fuller-sounding album minus the kind of forced chemistry that occurs when it's an artist's label rather than the artist who arranges such an all-star affair. This organically flowing record benefits from the contributions of people like Alison Krauss (the harmony-brushed "The One Who Knows"), Blues Traveler's John Popper (a chugging "I Saw a Bird Fly Away"), and trumpeter Chris Botti (the subdued title cut).
Other guests are more content to blend into the musical background, be it Bela Fleck (a twangy "Fishing in the Morning") or Medeski, Martin & Wood organist John Medeski (the stirring "Farewell to the Old Me.") RAIN also finds Williams delivering a chilling reading of the Band's "Whispering Pines" and forming a rare songwriting partnership with former Hooter Rob Hyman (the lightly trilling "Closer to Me.")