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Out of Time

by Open Book

Mesmerizing, hook-filled, harmony-driven, melodic acoustic-pop duo who weave alternating male and female lead vocals with textural, lush this in your car and drive somewhere beautiful.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Out Of Time
4:52 $0.99
2. Falling
4:02 $0.99
3. The Circle
3:33 $0.99
4. Peaceful Island
5:13 $0.99
5. Let It Rain
5:09 $0.99
6. Indiana
4:43 $0.99
7. Everything Has Changed
3:51 $0.99
8. Minstrel
5:32 $0.99
9. Downstream
5:11 $0.99
10. Be My Love
4:01 $0.99
11. If You Knew Me
3:15 $0.99
12. Say A Prayer
4:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Open Book, the duo of Michele Rubin and Rick Gedney, has gained a loyal following of listeners drawn to their beautiful melodies, harmonies and intelligent, hopeful lyrics.

Their debut cd, "Out of Time"(released in 2002)has received critical acclaim. The album showcases the duo's distinctive sound where their individual writing styles, guitars, and voices weave seamlessly. "Out of Time" is produced by well-known guitarist Billy Masters with backing performances by some of the industry's most respected musicians.

The credits on this album include Michael Visceglia on bass (Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, Bette Midler, many others), Billy Masters on guiatar (Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Schindell), Steve Hass on drums (Billy Joel, Robbie Coltrane, Art Garfunkel, Suzanne Vega), and Radislov Lorcovic on accordion (Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Schindell). "Out of Time" has received airplay on a number of radio stations in the United States, England, Ireland and Finland.

"The Things We Keep", also produced by Billy Master was released in May, 2006.



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Paul C

best vocal harmonies since Sandy Denny and Fairport?
The harmonies really come through on Indiana and The Circle. Open Book is a must see live. Great musicians backing up their excellent vocals. This is music that should be getting airplay on fm stations.

Rikk's Reviews

The true compatibility between the two is astonishing, you would think the two had been playing together for years simply by the flow and the complimenting harmonizing. Open Book do slide very easily through classification barriers making there own combination of folk, Americana, and some jazzy overtones to fill in the gaps. This is a pleasant journey, you can actually feel yourself getting lost in the music. It has the ability to make you feel a part of the music rather than a simple bystander. Sharing the role of lead vocalist, both Michele and Rick have the capability, but the magic of the harmonies is when the CD really shines. There is a theme to the music here and if you want the full effect you really have to listen to the album from start to finish. I recommend this CD, a good clean sound that comes from the soul and hits you in the heart.

Rich Cuccarro

A CD worth owning!
This debut CD is testimony for everyone, who knew, from the first time their sound made contact with our aural faculties -- These people really know how to make music. What happens when you give a folk musician a Stradivarius? Michele's voice is like a bow being drawn across finely tuned strings. Overall, the musicianship runs like liquid gold through this entire auspicious debut. Hearing the voices of Rick and Michele weave through this set of elegant melodies is an enormous treat. Enough cannot be said about the production work of Billy Masters, already my favorite lead guitarist for singer/songwriters, I've seen him back Richard Shindell, Cry, Cry, Cry, Suzanne Vega. He provides brilliant lead guitar work and just the right atmospheric effects for Rick and Michele. This is truly a CD worth owning.

Paul Castle

Every track has something that moves me..
Every track has something that moves me, but if I 'had' to choose one for my desert island it would probably be 'Say a Prayer' - but could just as easily be 'Downstream' (I hear shades of Sandy Denny) or Indiana (makes me want to go there) etc, etc....great production too - he deserves a Masters Degree!) I really hope these little song pearls get found and brought to the surface for all to hear.

Rick Rock

Intriguing...a cerebral landscape of contemplation and resolve.
Their music is as intriguing as is their name. Most everyone remarks on Michele's unique voice. I can't describe it as anything but angelic. Rick's accompaniment adds the right ingredient for a good read. Open Book invites you into a cerebral landscape of contemplation and resolve. The questions are often introspective and shadowy. The answers are as ambiguous as they so often are in real life...a journey of the heart. Their song writing styles work so well together that the songs seem seamless as they flow into each other. Billy Masters did an incredible job at production and deserves much applause. Open Book's debut CD, Out of Time, is a marvelous triumph! It has become one of my favorite easy listening CDs for both the home and car. I can't wait to hear what comes next!

Graham Dixon

Hidden depths..deserves to be listened to again and again...
Rubin and Gedney share both lead vocals and songwriting throughout the recording whilst allowing their own individuality to come to the fore in the individual songs. In the case of Rubin's song writing in particular (but reflected in Gedneys too) there are strong poetic and contemplative threads running throughout which is reflected in tracks particularly as "Everything has changed" and "Downstream". The first and title track of the CD provides a gentle but firm indication of what is to follow, Rubin's smooth and silky vocals weave well with the string backing and Gedneys backing vocals . The duo have a tendency of making every word sound sincere, clearly the love the duo have of their craft comes through. The songs themselves are deceptively simple. This is one of these CD's with hidden depths, and deserves to be listened to again and again to strip away the different layers, a reflection perhaps of how well the whole thing hangs together. Often writing about bands its helpful (to the reader) to provide some kind of reference point. However in this case I couldn't think of such a comparison, whilst there are clearly influences the duo are clearly their own artists.