Q - 6/99, p.1064 out of 5)
- Excellent - "...a mixture of tasteful soft-rock with a rootsy, country tinge and folksy, acoustic material-mostly direct, emotional stuff...but there's spirit too...and her writing continues to improve....Well worth investigating."
Dirty Linen - 10-11/99, p.64
"...There are many fine moments on this disc...because Kaplansky is such an accomplished songstress....somehow defines the possibilities that life holds and that Kaplansky is here to remind us of."
Personnel: Lucy Kaplansky (vocals, acoustic guitar); Larry Campbell (acoustic, electric, pedal steel & electric baritone guitars, mandolin, violin, harmonium); Jon Herington (acoustic, electric & slide guitars, harmonium); Duke Levine (acoustic slide, 12-string acoustic & electric guitars, mandola); Ben Wittman (organ, drums, percussion, shaker); Zev Katz (acoustic & electric basses); Jennifer Kimball, John Gorka, Richard Shindell (background vocals).
Engineers: Hillary Johnson, Alan Williams, James Tuttle.
Recorded at Spa Recording Studio, New York, New York; Wellspring Studio, Concord, Massachusetts; Rancho De Ville, Boulder, Colorado.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Lucy Kaplansky (acoustic guitar); Larry Campbell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, violin); Duke Levine (electric guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar); Jon Herington (electric guitar, slide guitar, harmonium); Ben Wittman (organ, drums, shaker, percussion); Zev Katz (acoustic bass); Jennifer Kimball (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Ben Wisch.
Recording information: Rancho De Ville, Boulder, CO; Spa Recording Studio, New York, NY; Wellspring Studio, Concord, MA.
Photographer: C. Taylor Crothers.
Arrangers: Jon Herington; Larry Campbell; Zev Katz; Ben Wittman.
A favored harmony singer for Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Richard Shindell and other New York City folk luminaries, Lucy Kaplansky has long been in demand for her appealing signature vocal style. It's a voice that's sometimes sweet and sometimes as dry and cutting as the winter wind of her native Chicago. Following the success of her 1994 debut THE TIDE, Kaplansky put her career as a practicing psychologist on hold, hit the road and never looked back.
On TEN YEAR NIGHT, this talented singer and songwriter sings 10 carefully-crafted story-songs that stretch across various pop, folk and country styles. The cocky and world-wise "Turn The Lights Back On" is evocative of the California country-rock she reportedly grew up listening to. Meanwhile, the title track and the pop gem "End of the Day" are firmly rooted in the urbane, New York folk style she displayed with her debut. Fans of artists like Colvin, Vega and Nanci Griffith, will not be disappointed.