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The Age of Miracles

Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Written after a pulmonary embolism forced her to cancel a tour, The Age Of Miracles songs are among the most perceptive and moving that Carpenter has ever recorded. The themes of freedom versus security dominate the lyrics — some tunes celebrate the hunger for escape, while others find peace in life’s limitations. Carpenter’s language is richly expressive, filled with flashes of insight (i.e, “there’s nothing like nothing to lose” in “We Traveled So Far”) and painterly invocations of place (such as ‘20s Paris in “Mrs. Hemingway”). She recalls the heroism of Tiananmen Square in “4 June 1989” and finds hope amidst global troubles in the title tune. But while the album’s reach is wide, it’s the intimacy of these tunes that’s most striking. Songs like “What You Look For” and “I Have A Need For Solitude” are finely detailed portraits of the artist as a seeker and dreamer. Co-produced with keyboardist Matt Rollings, The Age Of Miracles boasts a bright folk-pop sound, framing Carpenter’s heartfelt vocals to full advantage. An outstanding effort from start to finish.

Customer Reviews

Mary is a miracle!

Everytime I listen to a new Mary Chapin Carpenter album, it is like reconnecting with an old friend. Her music touches me deeply, and really gives me a sense of calm in a crazy world. This new album did not let me down. Thanks Mary for once again sharing your gift.

Amazing

As with many other MCC albums, this $10.00 was an investment in finding hope, inspiration and meaning in life. Her music continues to be an important part of my life. Listening to this album is like sitting down with a close friend, and having them share life lessons that they have learned. A must have for any MCC fan or anyone who is looking for music with meaning.

Five Stars!

One of my favorites! I am so glad she is writing music again. "I Have a Need for Solitude" is one of my favorite MCC songs of all time.

Biography

Born: February 21, 1958 in Princeton, NJ

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Mary Chapin Carpenter was part of a small movement of folk-influenced country singer/songwriters of the late '80s. Although many of these performers never achieved commercial success, Carpenter was able to channel her anti-Nashville...
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