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The Secret Sun
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Album: The Secret Sun
# Song Title   Time
1)    Just A Photograph More Info... 2:53
2)    The Secret Sun More Info... 3:46
3)    Long Way From Home More Info... 2:20
4)    All My Life More Info... 3:44
5)    What Makes You More Info... 4:20
6)    How? More Info... 2:46
7)    You Were On My Mind More Info... 3:24
8)    If You Won't More Info... 2:13
9)    The Other Road More Info... 4:07
10)    The Midnight Bell More Info... 3:29
11)    Roberta More Info... 4:45
12)    You, The Queen More Info... 3:27
 
Album: The Secret Sun
# Song Title   Time
1)    Just A Photograph More Info... 2:53
2)    The Secret Sun More Info... 3:46
3)    Long Way From Home More Info... 2:20
4)    All My Life More Info... 3:44
5)    What Makes You More Info... 4:20
6)    How? More Info... 2:46
7)    You Were On My Mind More Info... 3:24
8)    If You Won't More Info... 2:13
9)    The Other Road More Info... 4:07
10)    The Midnight Bell More Info... 3:29
11)    Roberta More Info... 4:45
12)    You, The Queen More Info... 3:27
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Jesse Harris (vocals, acoustic guitar); Norah Jones (vocals, piano); Tony Scherr (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Chris Brown (organ); Kenny Wolleson (vibraphone, marimba, drums, percussion); Tim Luntzel (bass) Roberto Rodriguez (percussion); Chiara Civello (background vocals).
  • Recorded at The Magic Shop, New York, New York.
  • Personnel: Jesse Harris (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Norah Jones (vocals, piano, background vocals); Tony Scherr (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Chris Brown (organ); Kenny Wollesen (vibraphone, marimba, drums, percussion); Chiara Civello (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Tony Scherr.
  • Recording information: Magic Shop, New York, NY.
  • Photographer: Ken Schles.
  • Fans of Jesse Harris' Grammy award-winning work with Norah Jones may be surprised by The Secret Sun. Harris' long history of work with his band the Ferdinandos has a similar laid-back singer/songwriter vibe to Come Away With Me, but where pianos and acoustic basslines punctuated the Norah Jones album, Harris relies on subdued guitar distortion and countified twang. Much like fellow singer/songwriter Josh Rouse, Harris seems to be sweetly smiling while singing, and his summery melodies drift out across the acoustic guitars and gentle brushwork (courtesy of drummer Kenny Wollesen), giving the whole album a contemplative Sunday afternoon feel. The pace picks up in the driving "You Were on My Mind" and the rootsy "All My Life," but never breaks out into full "rock" mode, seemingly content to coast on a dusty August breeze. Although Miss Jones herself makes an unobtrusive appearance on the Jayhawks-y ballad "What Makes You," The Secret Sun is clearly Harris' album. Hopefully listeners will be able to enjoy it as such, and Harris will be able to be recognized on his own as opposed to being "that one guy who plays guitar in Norah Jones' band." ~ Zac Johnson
Professional Reviews
Uncut (8/03, p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Spanning the panoply of American roots styles with a healthy troubadour tendency and a delivery as effortless as Neil Young or Ryan Adams....An album that establishes Harris as one of the finest contemporary US songwriters to emerge in recent years..."

Magnet (9/03, p.98) - "...Easygoing, delicate alt-pop..."

Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Harris and his gang aren't afraid to crank up the amps and let their hair down. Terrific..."
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