- Released: July 15, 1997
- Label: Razor & Tie
Entertainment Weekly - 7/18/97, p.85
"...Given her pretty folk-rock melodies (with more elaborate arrangements than on previous albums), conversational singing, and the sheer detail of her lyrics, Williams' songs will have no trouble connecting with you." - Rating: B
- 1.Are You Out There
- 2.Party Generation
- 3.If I Wrote You
- 4.What Do You Hear in These Sounds
- 5.The End of the Summer
- 6.Teenagers, Kick Our Butts
- 7.My Friends
- 8.Bought and Sold
- 9.Road Buddy
- 10.It's a War in There
- 11.Better Things
Personnel includes: Dar Williams (vocals, guitar); Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky (vocals); Larry Campbell (acoustic & pedal steel guitars, dobro, bouzouki); Steven Miller (acoustic guitar, tambourine); Shane Fontayne (guitar, dobro); Jeff Golub (guitar, slide guitar); Bill Dillon (guitar); Erik Friedlander (cello); William Galison (bass harmonica); Charlie Giordano (accordian); Lincoln Goines (acoustic & electric basses); Mark Egan (bass); Sammy Merendino (drums, loops); Glen Velez (bodhran, frame drum, riq, tambourine, pandeiro); Roger Squitero (congas); Carol Steele (timbales); Amy Fairchild, Justina Golden, Joyce Zymeck, Dee Carstensen, Lorraine Ferro, Kaz Silver (background vocals).
Recorded in Dar's Bedroom, Massachusetts; Slaughterhouse Recording, Hadley, Massachusetts; Live Wire Recording, Spa Studios and Sorcerer Sound, New York, New York.
Personnel: Dar Williams (vocals, guitar); Bill Dillon (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Richard Shindell (vocals); Larry Campbell (guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, bouzouki); Jeff Golub (guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Mark Egan (guitar); Steven Miller (acoustic guitar); Shane Fontayne (electric guitar); Erik Friedlander (cello); William Galison (harmonica); Charlie Giordano (accordion); Lincoln Goines (acoustic bass); Shawn Pelton (snare drum, cymbals, hi-hat); Roger Squitero (congas, tambourine); Glen Velez (bodhran, pandeiro, tambourine); Carol Steele (timbales); Dee Carstensen, Kaz Silver, Justina Golden, Katryna Nields, Lorraine Ferro, Amy Fairchild, Nerissa Nields (background vocals).
Recording information: Dar's Bedroom, Western Massachusetts; Live Wire Recording; Slaughterhouse Recor; Sorcerer SOund, New York, NY; Spa Studios.
Unknown Contributor Role: Steve Gaboury.
On her third album, contemporary folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams once again proves herself to be an insightful, compassionate and witty teller of tales with a lovely, versatile voice. Standouts on END OF THE SUMMER include "What Do You Hear in These Sounds?" which cleverly describes conversations with a therapist: "It's just me and all the memories to follow/Down any course that fits within a fifty-minute hour." Williams gets even more whimsical on songs like the playful rocker "Teenagers, Kick Our Butts." She turns with ease to Joan Baez-like folkiness on the dreamy, bittersweet ballad "The End of the Summer" and the poignancy of the sad, understated "You Will Not Write Me Again."