The Cricket's Orchestra [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

The Cricket's Orchestra [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

by Meaghan Smith



Meaghan Smith makes her proper debut with The Cricket's Orchestra, a full-length album that incorporates all four songs from The Cricket's Quartet EP. Although it's tempting to liken Smith's songs to those found on Norah Jones' own jazz-pop debut, The Cricket's Orchestra has its share of unique quirks, including flashes of hip-hop scratching and rich, eclectic production courtesy of Les Cooper. "If You Asked Me" has a big-band arrangement and a vibraphone solo, "Soft Touch" boasts an accordion and strings, and "You Got Out" is relaxed rockabilly in the manner of early k.d. lang. Many of the remaining songs find Smith playing the part of an acoustic singer/songwriter, with Cooper dialing down the production in order to highlight her vocals.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/2010
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0093624984825
catalogNumber: 511921

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meaghan Smith   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
T Bone Burnett   Guitar,Celeste,Toy Piano
Kelly Jefferson   Saxophone
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards,Omnichord
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Mark Mariash   Percussion,Drums
David Matheson   Piano
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Dave Pilch   Bass
Kevin Turcotte   Trumpet
Kid Koala   Sampling
Richard Underhill   Saxophone
Kevin Fox   Cello
Mark Duggan   Vibes
Rich Levesque   Bass
Cooper   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Harp,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,Omnichord
Chris Gale   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Gord Myers   Trombone
Kathleen Kajioka   Violin,Viola
Joel Stouffer   Organ,Drums
Blue Engine String Quartet   Strings
Spencer Evans   Clarinet
Mike Daley   Guitar
Johann Lotter   Viola
Dennis Keldie   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Adam King   Drums
Hillary Brown   Cello
Rich Levesqe   Bass
Margot Aldritch   Viola
Mike Olson   Cello
Johnny Lee Scheel   Guitar
Jules Estrin   Trombone
Anne Simons   Violin
Jason Mingo   Guitar

Technical Credits

T Bone Burnett   Producer
Jeremy Darby   Engineer
Greg Kurstin   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Paul Ackling   Guitar Techician,Equipment Technician
Jason Wormer   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Cooper   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Emile Kelman   Engineer
Ellen Wakayama   Art Direction
Darren Van Niekerk   Engineer
Sam Ibbett   Vocal Engineer
Meaghan Smith   Composer
Terry McBride   Management
Smith   Whistle
Ari Martin   Management
Jason Mingo   Composer
Coleen Novak   Management

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The Cricket's Orchestra [Barnes & Noble Exclusive] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gojopal More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing Meaghan Smith and her wonderful band play a year ago, and we were instantly hooked. What a fresh, exciting musician. Her band is right on target and they work so well together. Her songs are whimsical, and real. They come straight from the heart. This album would make a great gift for you or someone who is looking to try out a new artist with a really great sound. She has been touring with Jools Holland, KD Lang, appearances with Sarah McLachlan, and is soon to be touring with Chantal Kreviazuk. You won't be disappointed!!!
Baltimore_Mom More than 1 year ago
I heard this on NPR one day and ordered when I got home. My husband and I have wildly different interests in music, but we both find this great to sing along to...and the kids love it, too. Especially "heartbroken". I'll sometimes catch my 6-year old singing it to himself. I was logging in today to see if a new album had been released... no such luck. We've had this album for about a year now and we still listen to it at least once a week.
BlackyJB More than 1 year ago
This girl is WONDERFUL! I got to see her live when she opened for KD Lang with her band. They were so fantastic. She's not only very sweet, but brilliantly talented. Her music is vintage sounding but done her own way. It's fresh, it's new, GET IT YOU'LL LOVE IT!!! And I agree, it's only a matter of time before she's huge!
Kate_Turnlope More than 1 year ago
I first heard about Meaghan Smith when she had a song 5 More Minutes on Grey's Anatomy last year. Since then she's had two more songs on One Tree Hill and she's been on a few tours. She has yet to come to Utah though! Her music is refreshing yet familiar. It's uplifting and soothing and energizing all at the same time. My only complaint is that there's not more of her out there! But that's only a matter of time...
chomie3 More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Meaghan for a while and her music keeps suprising me! Oh! her voice is so soothing, clear and smooth, you almost feel her music sliding through your ears! Her lyrics poetic yet relatable and accessible. I recently saw her perform and bought her CD. These days, rarely do I find an album on which I love all the songs!
MusicFreakK More than 1 year ago
I just listened to Meaghan Smith's music on her website to see what the fuss was all about. I'm not usually into this kind of music, but I was so pleasantly surprised! This is Norah Jones with a healthy, much needed dose of pizazz, Fiest a little more accessible, a much cooler Madeleine Peyroux, and not as folksy and blase as all the other female singer songwriters I so often hear. This is unique and original music and I am a fan. Thank you Meaghan!
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