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A House Divided

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RELEASED: April 18th 2006
TRACKS: 11
TOTAL LENGTH: 00:50:05
FORMAT: 320 kbps MP3
CATEGORIES: Inspired Music
GENRE: Pop, Singer / Songwriter, Gospel

The featured song, A House Divided, a rock anthem with orchestra, choir, and ethnic instruments, took Levine 20 years to finish writing. "I wanted to show the indomitable spirit in action calling out to its collective self to unite, not unlike the villain in Terminator 2 who, after he's apparently destroyed, is recreated when his scattered beads of molten metal coalesce into his former self." (So what's wrong with mixed metaphors?) The 122-track recording was mixed three times before it was ready for mastering.

On The Fence is about compatibility issues in a couple's relationship. It suggests The Beatles mixed with contemporary folk-rock. If the cello lines don't remind you of Beatles producer George Martin, nothing will.

The rest of the album largely comments on environmental and spiritual themes from the Sting-like The Mother Tongue, the Joni Mitchellesque The Man Upstairs, to the jazzy, cinematic Beautiful featuring the spoken word of Levine's 5-year-old son, Andrew. The album finishes with A Home That Forever Will Stand sung by Traci Harris - arousing gospel piece for people of all religions that has received a grand prize and two first place songwriting awards. Levine harnesses the musical sensibilities of Sting, the candor of The Beatles, and the the lilt of Joni Mitchell with a dollop of Steely Dan and a gospel finish, the latter of which has won four songwriting contests.

A House Divided 3:57
Backup vocals - Portia Griffin and Matthew Levine
Choir vocals - Leslie Garman, Cari Golden, Carol deLeon, Stan Dewitt, Ken Neufeld, Matthew Levine
Guitars - Alex Marchesan, Craig Deborba
Tracked at Levine's home
Mixed by Chris Spilfogel at Westlake Studios & Matthew Levine at his home

On The Fence 4:28
Guitars - Peter Hume
Cello - Elaine Klemzak
Tracked at Levine's home
Mixed by Matt LaPoint in Los Angeles

Seven 3:21
Background vocals - Janey Clewer
Guitar - Josh Sklair
Bass - Kevin Clark
Tracked by Steve Shepherd at Blue Nile
Mixed by Kevin Clark at The Complex assisted by Liz Magro

The Mother Tongue 4:30 (Levine/Hofmann)
Tracked and mixed by Greg Karukas at Nightowl Studio

The Hunter 4:10
Background vocals - Sandra Simmons, Tierney Sutton
Guitar - Jeff Marcus
Tracked and mixed by Michael Prince at Clearlake Digital

Children of the Amazon 5:15 (Levine/MacKechnie)
Piano - M. Levine
Tracked and mixed by Greg Karukas at Nightowl Studio

Trio 5:48
Piano - Alan Hamilton
Flute - Jennifer Chen
Clarinet - Timothy Wright
Recorded live at KUHF studios
Tracked and edited by Brad Sayles

The Man Upstairs 6:09
Guitar - James Harrah
Tracked by Steve Shepherd at Blue Nile
Mixed by Kevin Clark at The Complex assisted by Liz Magro

Wherever You Are 2:54 (Levine/David MacKechnie)
Tracked & mixed by Matthew Levine at his home

Beautiful 5:18
Voice - Andrew Levine
Soprano saxophone - David Vibe
Mixed by Matt LaPoint in Los Angeles

A Home That Forever Will Stand 4:18
Arrangement by Greg Ives and Ray Tellis
Lead vocal - Traci Harris
Background vocals - Renee Maxie, Pam Patterson, Ada Tellis, Ray Tellis, Traci Harris
Guitar - Tom Teutsch
Bass - Sandy Wilson
Drums - Brian Willis
Piano - Ray Tellis
Hammond Organ - Bob Wright (tracked by Joe McNeil at JEL Recording)
Tracked and mixed by Chris Huston & Bob Stark at White Horse Studios

All pieces written, sung, arranged and produced by Matthew Levine except where noted.
Mastered by Jonathan Belzley & Gavin Lurssen at The Mastering Lab. Graphic design by Peter Harris and Matthew Levine. mp 2006 Matthew Levine/BMI. Info available at anthemfortheworld.com 2006 Matthew Levine/BMI. Info available at anthemfortheworld.com.

Matthew Levine - A House Divided






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