The Things That We Are Made Of is the 2016 full-length album by renowned and beloved singer, songwriter and performer Mary Chapin Carpenter. Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs, including the lead track "Something Tamed Something Wild". Of the song, Rolling Stone praises, "...beautifully sums up where shes been and sets the stage for whats yet to come..." Something Tamed Something Wild, and indeed the entire album, finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation."
The Things That We Are Made Of was recorded at Nashvilles Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Dave Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).
Of the album, Carpenter comments, "Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions. He is always willing to try something new, believes that yes is the only answer, and surrounds himself with wonderfully talented and generous musicians; by the end of the project, I felt as if I was a part of a new family."
Cobb adds, "I wanted to work with Mary Chapin because very few people can cut with words like she can. Shes an absolute poet and legend. I was so happy to collaborate on this album together."
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like Passionate Kisses and He Thinks Hell Keep Her, she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1. Something Tamed Something Wild
2. The Middle Ages
3. What Does it Mean To Travel
5. Map of My Heart
6. Oh Rosetta
7. Deep Down Deep Heart
8. Hand On My Back
9. The Blue Distance
10. Note On A Windshield
11. The Things That We Are Made Of