|1||Why Walk When You Can Fly||3:31|
|2||House Of Cards||3:45|
|3||Stones In The Road||4:31|
|4||A Keeper For Every Flame||3:46|
|5||Tender When I Want To Be||2:54|
|6||Shut Up And Kiss Me||3:40|
|7||The Last Word||3:25|
|8||The End Of My Pirate Days||5:02|
|9||John Doe No. 24||5:44|
|11||Outside Looking In||4:42|
|12||Where Time Stands Still||3:40|
|13||This Is Love||6:19|
|64327, CM 64327||Mary Chapin Carpenter||Stones In The Road (MD, Album)||Columbia, Columbia||64327, CM 64327||US||1994|
|CT 64327||Mary Chapin Carpenter||Stones In The Road (Cass, Album, Dol)||Columbia||CT 64327||Canada||1994|
|COL 477679 2, 477679 2, 01-477679-10||Mary Chapin Carpenter||Stones In The Road (CD, Album)||Columbia, Columbia, Columbia||COL 477679 2, 477679 2, 01-477679-10||Europe||1994|
|CDCOL 3592 K||Mary Chapin Carpenter||Stones In The Road (CD, Album)||Columbia||CDCOL 3592 K||South Africa||1994|
|CCK 64327||Mary Chapin Carpenter||Stones In The Road (CD, Album, Club)||Columbia||CCK 64327||Canada||Unknown|
After recording a demo tape, she was signed to Columbia Records in 1987 and released her debut studio album Hometown Girl (1987). In June 1989, Carpenter's second studio album State of the Heart was issued, which transitioned more towards country music.
For this offering, she tipped her sound down to its basics and returned to the core of her music - namely, her folkier singer/songwriter roots. Although the lyrics are among her best and the songs thoroughly memorable and beautifully literate, Carpenter cut back on the number of hooks in her melodies, creating a palette that required closer listening to appreciate.
I had felt that Shooting Straight in the Dark and Come On Come On were almost perfect albums, and would be very difficult to impossible to beat, but I had wanted to expand my MCC library. Then I got Stones in the Road. Not so with Stones in the Road. There are only a very few other artists in my collection I can say that about for multiple albums. And actually, I also really like the entire Hometown Girl album, but it doesn't have nearly as much impact as the others.
Stones in the Road, 1994. Stones in the Road, 1994. Why Walk When You Can Fly?, 03:32. House of Cards, 03:44. A Keeper for Every Flame, 03:47. Tender When I Want to Be, 02:53. Shut Up and Kiss Me, 03:40.
album: "Stones In The Road" (1994). Why Walk When You Can Fly House Of Cards Stones In The Road A Keeper For Every Flame Tender When I Want To Be Shut Up And Kiss Me The Last Word The End Of My Pirate Days John Doe No. 24 Jubilee Outside Looking In Where Time Stands Still This Is Love. album: "A Place In The World" (1996).
One need only go back to the 1990s to see when the genres were virtually inseparable. While it definitely borrows many instruments and rhythms from the upbeat nature of country music, especially in poppier tunes such as "Tender When I Want to Be" and "Shut Up and Kiss Me," this is tempered by a fair amount of the ambience and somber aesthetic of the later album tracks like "John Doe. House of Cards" easily embodies a harder rock edge while attacking suburban shallowness, while "A Keeper for Every Flame" features a completely likable folk-pop sound with intelligent lyrics about love to boot. At the forefront of these openers however is the achingly gorgeous "Stones in the Road.
And the stones in the road flew out beneath our bicycle tires Worlds removed from all those fires as we raced each other home. And now we drink our coffee on the run, we climb that ladder rung by rung We are the daughters and the sons, and here's the line that's missing. The starving children have been replaced by souls out on the street We give a dollar when we pass, and hope our eyes don't meet We pencil in, we cancel out, we crave the corner suite We kiss your ass, we make you hold, we doctor the receipt.