Lost and Found
Review by Steven Stone
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CD: Red House Records RHR CD 162
Some great talents manage to operate for years just below the radar of the star-making machinery of the popular song. Eliza Gilkyson is a case in point.
Lost and Found represents her second album on Red House Records and her seventh album since 1987. Originally from Los Angeles, daughter of songwriter Terry
Gilkyson, Eliza has spent much of her adult life in New Mexico. The songs on
Lost and Found show the influence of long dark desert nights and hot bright southwestern days. The lead song "Welcome Back" begins a theme of reemergence and growth that weaves throughout the album. If you need a thinking-person's mood-booster, this CD will fill the bill nicely.
You'll find catchy songs with intelligent lyrics of Lost and Found, and some fine
pickin' as well. Aided by Andrew Hardin, Tony Gilkyson, and Rich Brotherton on guitars, Glen Fukunga on bass, Jeff Plnkenhorn and Gurf Molix on slide guitars, Lloyd Maines on lap steel, Micheal Ramos on organ, Wally Doggett on drums, and Patty Griffin, Mark Hallman, and Slaid Cleaves on background vocals, Gilkyson includes some fine instrumental solos in her spare arrangements. But the principal solo instrument on
Lost and Found is Gilkyson's voice. Both breathy and powerful, Gilkyson's vocal machinery can take you anywhere she wants you to go. From the unfettered joy of
"Mamas's Got A Boyfriend" to the moody "Easy Rider," the emotional intimacy of Gilkyson's voice delivers her songs directly to your heart.
Engineer and co-producer Mark Hallman obviously knows how to get a rich, warm, and intimate sound out of Congress House Studios. Even on the densest mixes
Lost and Found has a clear but texturally complex timbre. In short, it sounds super. Even though Eliza Gilkyson has spent most of her musical career skirting the
hurley-burley of the pop showbiz buzz-meisters,
Lost and Found should bring her to the attention of the people who matter - you and me.
Sound Quality: 85