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Bricks Against the Glass

by Lori Lieberman

Best known for "Killing Me Softly", this enduring artist's 15th CD is her finest to date. Named "Album Choice" UK, featuring legendary artists who play with Alanis Morrisette, Matchbox 20, Beck
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1. Ticket to Leave
3:42 album only
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2. Truly
3:44 album only
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3. Lottery
5:38 album only
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4. Bricks Against the Glass
4:28 album only
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5. On These Streets / San Francisco
5:11 album only
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6. Rise
4:21 album only
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7. The End of Our Story
5:12 album only
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8. It's Another New Day
4:04 album only
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9. Elephants
5:09 album only
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10. The Rest Will Follow
5:22 album only
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11. Bricks Against the Glass (Unplugged)
4:29 album only
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Album Notes
Leonard Cohen came up on stage in one of her concerts and sang “Bird On A Wire”. Don McLean invited her to be a part of his documentary, “American Troubadour,” Judy Collins called her a gifted songwriter.Highly regarded among her peers and younger artists alike, this legendary artist has gone on to record LP after CD, gleaning the respect of an ever-changing industry a loyal and devoted base of fans.

Best known for Killing Me Softly”, written during her Troubadour days in Los Angeles when her girlfriend, writer Michele Willens, took her to a Don McLean in concert, she developed her producing and arranging skills into a career that has spanned over fifteen albums.

Featured in author, Leo Blokhuis’ book, “Sounds Of The West Coast” which won the Golden Tulip Award, he devotes a chapter that details Lori Lieberman’s early music — California in the seventies, the Sunset Strip and the West Coast club circuit that included singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and The Eagles.

A true full circle moment occurred a few weeks ago, when she met Don McLean for the first time at his concert in Los Angeles, where he credited the song to Lori Lieberman, and sang its inspiration, “Empty Chairs”, to her.

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Switzerland, among Lieberman’s early musical influences were Francoise Hardy, Tom Rush, Cat Stevens “and anything from the States I could get my hands on”.

After attending University in Boston, she signed her first record deal with Capitol Records. The next five LPs on that label included some of the leading studio musicians– a young Larry Carlton, members of the “L.A. Express”, Sneaky Pete, and pianist Joe Sample. She toured the U.S. with Randy Newman, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, John Sebastian and Rick Nelson, to name a few.

For several years,as the music business went from acoustic to disco, Lori Lieberman spent time away in the hills of Malibu to raise three children. She returned to recording under the guidance of Joseph Cali, who first had the idea to record her with his then partner, Mark Levinson, as a two mic live experience.

She was nominated for the Golden Note Award for excellence with “A Thousand Dreams”, on Pope Music, and two CDs followed– “Home Of Whispers”, and “Gone Is The Girl”, became staples of the Audiophile community, who embraced her stunning songs, warm vocals and rich orchestrations. Rich Warren, of WFMT Chicago, named “Home Of Whispers” as his number one, most recommended CD of that year.

With the release of “Monterey”, on Drive On Records, co-produced by Lori Lieberman and Joseph Cali, with songs composed and arranged by Lieberman, she toured the U.S., receiving airplay as the Indie market increased, highlighting her natural and acoustic sound.

“Gun Metal Sky”, released in 2009, marked her debut as an orchestrator for strings and woodwinds. While most of the songs were self-penned, she included interesting and unique versions of songs by some of our most beloved songwriters—Emmylou Harris, The Bee Gees, Paul Simon, and the Hollies. Three songs were added to Sirius Radio’s “The Loft”, and performances that included the City Winery in New York, and a premiere concert tour of the Netherlands led to distribution throughout Europe, and a deal with V2 Records.

Lori Lieberman’s fourteenth CD, “Bend Like Steel” a raw and honest recording, engineered by Joseph Cali, shows a more vulnerable Lieberman, who delves into subjects that reveal her as one of our best storytellers.Featuring songs that are mostly self-penned, she re-imagines Paul Simon’s “Cecilia”, and revisits “There’s A Harbor” from her first LP on Capitol Records and features Lieberman on guitar and piano with guest artists that include Lyle Workman (Sting, Beck), and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Allison Krauss, T Bone Burnett).

Having just returned from a solo concert tour in the UK and Netherlands, she is releasing her newest CD, “Bricks Against The Glass“. It is her finest work to date- each song, finely honed and more poignant than the next, reflects the songwriter who has seen it all but continues to learn, grow, and changed. That stellar voice still exists, but the variety, breadth, and range of ear song reminds one of a classic masterpiece- how long has it been since there was a collection of songs that beckoned us to sit and listen from start to finish and follow along with this magnificent journey? Musicians adding their talents are: Lyle Workman (Beck, Sting), Jason Orne (Alanis Morrisette), Ryan MacMillan (Matchbox 20), Timothy Drury (The Eagles), and mastered at Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands, by Grammy Award winner, Darcy Proper.



Reviews:

“Lieberman’s songs are miniatures — portraits of love gained and lost. …….. They’re less about what’s seen than what’s felt. They shine a little light on lives that never make the headlines. And about ideas that are very familiar and rarely celebrated…”
- Jesse Kornbluth
Vanity Fair, Headbutler.com

“..this set, though delicate as gossamer, is heart-ripped-open raw. Closely mic’d to perfection, the anguished interpretation of Simon and Garfunkel’s normally jolly “Cecilia” will turn your head around”
Ken Kessler, Hi Fi News Album Choice

“Bend Like Steel” is some of the best work you’ve done. It’s tied in my estimation with “Home of Whispers,” and you know in what high esteem I hold that CD.
Beautiful, beautiful work. And your voice has never sounded better.
Rich Warren, WFMT Midnight Special, Chicago

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Lia Kinnet-Abts, Belgium

Bricks Against The Glass = Intriguing Elegant Top-Class!
An intriguing collection of magnificent Songs. Qua arrangements, diversity, mood and voice it makes us hazily think of that legendary “Western Wall/The Tucson Sessions”(1999) by Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, no country but soft-jazzy, and with this added value that all songs are written, produced* and heavenly sung by Lady Lieberman herself.

Remarkable are these dynamic, committed and fluent up-tempo’s, driven by strong strums and drums, electrically supported and banjo colorized. A cynical “Ticket To Leave” (about the empty promises by the presidential candidates in the race for the White House), a stimulating “Rise (Clap Your Hands)” for the Occupy-movement and, of course, the title song “Bricks Against The Glass” (studio and unplugged).

Remarkable and refreshing is this happy wah-wah funky “It’s Another New Day”, co-written by Lori’s son Daniel James Scott. Cooooool! !

Remarkable is this encouraging “The Rest Will Follow”. Becoming more self-assured after having unburden her own heart on her last two albums, Mrs. Lieberman heartens up anyone who needs a little push.

Remarkable are the love-songs “Truly” (cozy jazzy Latin) and “Elephants” (beautiful metaphor) and those blue songs about fading love “The End Of Our Story”, “Lottery, On These Streets/San Francisco”.
Utterly intimately, delicately and elegantly sung by a Lady who knows everything about and knows how to express herself.
Rousing winged melodies on splendid varied arrangements in which Lori's acoustic guitar reigns (enchanting intro's ), filled up with precious touches of piano, electrical resonance, dreamy cello strokes, longing violins and carefully chosen backing/harmony vocals.
Poetical lyrics with subtle wordplay and nuanced repetitions, and with thát touch of mystery that makes them generally appropriate.

An intriguing collection of magnificent Songs indeed! Absolute Top-Class!
Don’t be surprised if your sound system presses automatically the REPEAT button!
(love, lia)
(*) and Joseph Cali
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