Ladies & Gentlemen (Deluxe Edition)
The Infamous Stringdusters
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||Listen (feat. Joan Osborne)||The Infamous Stringdusters||3:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Believe (feat. Lee Ann Womack)||The Infamous Stringdusters||3:50||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Won't Be Long (feat. Sarah Jarosz)||The Infamous Stringdusters||3:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Have a Little Faith (feat. Joss Stone)||The Infamous Stringdusters||4:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||See How Far You've Come (feat. Sara Watkins)||The Infamous Stringdusters||3:35||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Old Whiskey Bottle (feat. Celia Woodsmith)||The Infamous Stringdusters||4:35||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Still the One (feat. Nicki Bluhm)||The Infamous Stringdusters||3:19||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Ladders in the Sky (feat. Claire Lynch)||The Infamous Stringdusters||3:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Coming Back to You (feat. Mary Chapin Carpenter)||The Infamous Stringdusters||3:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Run to Heaven (feat. Aoife O'Donovan)||The Infamous Stringdusters||3:10||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Rock and Roll (feat. Abigail Washburn)||The Infamous Stringdusters||4:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Hazosphere (feat. Jennifer Hartswick) [Bonus Track]||The Infamous Stringdusters||5:54||Album Only||View in iTunes|
The Infamous Stringdusters have made a career out of bending the rules of bluegrass and stretching the boundaries of acoustic music, and with their sixth studio album, they not only mess around with their own formula but strike a blow for gender equality, at least within their own ranks. The title Ladies & Gentlemen refers to the album's concept — the all-male Stringdusters invited a different female guest vocalist to appear on each of these 11 tracks, with each singing an original song that was written by the group with them in mind. (The sole exception is the closing number, "Hazosphere," an instrumental that features guest soloist Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet.) The group's songwriters reveal an inspired sense of casting here, wisely matching the material with the singers — there's a slinky, jazzy groove to "Have a Little Faith" that suits Joss Stone well, Joan Osborne's soulful, organic approach meshes nicely with the dynamics of "Listen," Celia Woodsmith's smoky, evocative instrument was made for the rough-and-tumble mood of "Old Whiskey Bottle," "Ladders in the Sky" is a splendid vehicle for the unaffected clarity of Claire Lynch's vocal style, and Mary Chapin Carpenter is the wary but vibrant voice of experience on "Coming Back to You." And while the Stringdusters handily demonstrate their bluegrass bona fides on these recordings, there's more than a little blues, soul, jazz, and even a dash of pop in the songs featured here, and the picking is both technically proficient and musically thoughtful at every turn. The Infamous Stringdusters actually put themselves in the background on much of Ladies & Gentlemen, letting their guests take the center stage while they provide the support, but if the Stringdusters opted to be accompanists rather than the stars of the show on these sessions, their songs and effortless virtuosity make it clear they're every bit as talented as their friends. And given how many great singers they brought to this party, that's saying a lot.
This album could have been very good if it were mixed correctly. The singers sound like they are under a blanket and the instruments are near the mic. I wanted to like this album but I just can't stand the lack of clarity and the pronounced instruments. Instruments are supposed to compliment the singers, not overpower them.
Miss the Stringdusters sound...
I respect any band stepping through doors to try new things. Good things can happen in collaborations. But this doesn't sound like the Stringdusters in my opinion. A little disappointed. Not bad, but not great as hoped.
I miss the Stringdusters singing in this album. This was very disapointing for me
Formed: 2006 in Nashville, TN
Years Active: '00s, '10s
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