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Classic Album Review: Amanda Marshall | Everybody’s Got a Story

Peter Asher & Billy Mann help the bluesy vocalist craft a rich, forward-leaning set.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


It’s a story all right — not just the same old story.

This third album from big-lunged blues-rock belter Amanda Marshall is an ambitious, forward-leaning followup to the warm, timeless sound of her 1999 effort Tuesday’s Child. Recorded under the direction of veteran producers Peter Asher and Billy Mann, Everybody’s Got a Story’s dozen tracks are, at their centre, fairly standard chunks of pop-rock, hip-hop, folk-pop and blues. But Asher and Mann outfit them with plenty of superb, cutting-edge ear candy and arrangements — dark strings, scratches, snapping beats, sassy backup vocals, squirrelly synths — that raise them up a notch on the pop-music evolutionary scale and provide a smartly distinctive backdrop for Marshall’s husky, sensual tones. Her Story should have a happy ending.