- Released: June 29, 2004
- Label: Full Light Records
Uncut - p.1264 stars out of 5
- "There's real poignancy among the truck-stop blues and fragrant country stylings..."
Dirty Linen - 2/04, p.72
"He's a confident, experienced singer with a good view of exactly how to present his material."
- 1.East of Gary
- 2.Uncle Lloyd
- 3.Day After Day
- 4.6 O'Clock in the Morning
- 5.Miracle of Living
- 6.Full Light
- 7.I Wanna Be Free
- 8.River Take Me
- 9.Alton Air
- 10.Man Who Could Have Played Bass For Shanana
- 11.After All
- 12.10,000 Miles Away
Personnel includes: Darrell Scott (vocals, guitar); John Cowan, Jonnell Mosser, Rodney Crowell (vocals); Andrea Zonn, Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Jeff Coffin (saxophone); Danny Thompson (bass).
Personnel: Darrell Scott (vocals, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, dobro, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, accordion, piano, electric piano, percussion, background vocals); Darrell Scott; John Cowan, Kathy Chiavola, Rodney Crowell (vocals); Wayne Scott (spoken vocals); Dan Dugmore (guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar); Dirk Powell (fiddle, accordion); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Kristin Wilkinson, Kris Wilkinson (viola); Jim Hoke (horns); Danny Thompson (double bass); Kenny Malone (drums, percussion); Andrea Zonn (violin); John Catchings (cello); Jeff Coffin (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Steve Nathan (organ).
Audio Mixers: Darrell Scott; Miles Wilkinson.
Liner Note Author: Darrell Scott.
Recording information: Home.
Photographers: Darrell Scott; Stacy Zaferes; Se¤or McGuire; Sherie Ren‚ Scott.
It's easy to lump Darrell Scott with other singer/songwriters. His songs certainly give the impression that he's writing out of personal experience, but his tendency to paint with large brush strokes gives his material universal appeal. Theatre of the Unheard is Scott's third album and his first since leaving Sugar Hill. While the voice and subject matter remain familiar here, the arrangements and production have been beefed up considerably. "Uncle Lloyd" and "Day After Day" mine family history, a favorite Scott theme, recalling poignant and painful memories colored by lots of booze. "6 O'Clock in the Morning" recalls "There Ain't No Easy Way" from Real Time with Tim O'Brien, exploring the tragedy of a world corrupted by war, hunger, and constant toil. These familiar elements are joined by a sonically charged soundscape that leans closer to Southern rock than the folk/folk-rock of Scott's first two albums. "Miracle of Living" includes horns, background singers, slide guitars, and just about everything in the studio's kitchen sink. This bigger sound works fairly well on the opener, "East of Gary," and the funky "I Wanna Be Free," and Scott's soulful vocals could probably cut through a heavy metal band. The production on much of Theatre of the Unheard, however, is a bit bombastic. The arrangements of pieces like "River Take Me" -- with drums, electric guitars, organs, and a handful of background singers -- give the impression that Scott's warming up for a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute. This excess makes it difficult to sort out the quality of the songs. Fans of Scott's previous albums will nonetheless want to pick up a copy for songs like "6 O'Clock in the Morning" and the instrumental "Alton Air." ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.