Mary Chapin Carpenter's album The Things We Are Made Of comprises eleven songs that communicate with the plain-spokeness of handwritten, heartfelt letters from a confiding friend; this is art without the artifice. The result is music that is likely to be as powerfully moving as any you have ever heard. The album is suffused with images of maps and traveling, yearning for stillness when in motion, longing for adventure when in repose. The Things That We Are Made Of was recorded in Nashville and produced by Dave Cobb, best known most recently for his work with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson.

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