So FamiliarSteve Martin & Edie Brickell
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Format: Vinyl LP
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's first album together, 2013's Love Has Come for You, found the two iconoclastic artists pooling their diverse talents to make emotionally resonant, effortlessly accessible music that was unlike anything that either had created previously. Their remarkable musical collaboration continues into fresh creative territory on the duo's second collaboration, So Familiar.
The new collection's stirring compositions match Martin's inventive, expressive five-string banjo work and Brickell's distinctive vocals, detail-rich lyrics with the sublime music they composed jointly. The songs also benefit from legendary producer Peter Asher's sensitive, expansive instrumental arrangements, which make imaginative use of a wide array of acoustic and orchestral textures, lending a cinematic quality to the songs' intimate character studies.
While Love Has Come for You represented a step into uncharted musical territory for Martin and Brickell, So Familiar showcases an organic, evolving working relationship that continues to bring out new creative strengths in both of its participants. Such sonically lilting, lyrically vivid numbers as "Won't Go Back," "Always Will," "I Had A Vision" and the winsome title track tap into a rich vein of American storytelling tradition, conveying a wealth of imagery, emotion and musical ideas within playful, irresistibly catchy tunes.
So Familiar's stellar supporting cast encompasses a variety of prominent players from the worlds of bluegrass, folk, pop and rock, including seminal banjo ace Béla Fleck, who is featured on the uplifting "Heart of the Dreamer," along with session bass legend Leland Sklar, Cobra Starship's Victoria Asher, Mike Einziger of Incubus, Emmy-award winning composer/arranger Geoff Zanelli, and Martin's much-acclaimed longtime bluegrass cohorts the Steep Canyon Rangers.