Mark Governor | Cheaper Than Therapy

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Cheaper Than Therapy

by Mark Governor

Great pop songwriting with darkly humorous lyrics and heartpiercing melodies
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. No Heart Left
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2. Cheaper Than Therapy
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3. She Only Loves Alone
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4. Little Miracles
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5. The Girl With The X-Ray Heart
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6. Angels Are Returning To L.A
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7. The Pain Of Shattered Glass
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8. Four Little Words
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9. The Interior Of A Heart (Duet with Fisher)
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10. Dorchester Girl
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11. Santa Fe
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12. Don't Look Back
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cheaper Than Therapy is the much anticipated CD of 12 songs from Mark Governor, whose melodic pop sensibility and sardonic sense of humor have led critics to compare him to Elvis Costello, Semisonic, and Randy Newman.

The songs range from the witty title cut to the wistful Dorchester Girl to the haunting Don't Look Back, and feature the eclectic and inventive arrangements and production which have won him much acclaim in Hollywood film circles.

"Governor's music delivers moments of piercing sweetness and the performances are first-rate," says the LA Village View of Mark's songwriting.

As a music producer and songwriter, Mark has worked with artists such as Iggy Pop, Ringo Starr, Soul Coughing, Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde), and many collaborations with his close friend Fisher, who sings a duet with Mark on Interior of a Heart, as well as harmony on several cuts. Other guest artists include Steve Hunter (guitarist for Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel), Chris Gaffney of the Texas Tornadoes, and the Chameleon String Quartet.

Fans of Mark's movie music will be happy to find that new versions of several of his songs for films have been recorded for this CD, including Santa Fe and She Only Loves Alone from the film Santa Fe, and The Pain Of Shattered Glass from the film Overexposed, all of which were previously unavailable on CD.

Mark is known to many through his composing and songwriting for films, especially his scores for Notes From Underground , Santa Fe, and Pet Sematary 2 and his collaboration with Johnny Depp and Iggy Pop on the score for The Brave.

He played 2 standing-room only shows at the Sundance Film Festival, where he performed his pop songs accompanied by a string quartet to audiences that included R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, actress Liv Tyler and director Robert Altman.


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Tara Veneruso


My favorite duet in the world sits right here on this album: Interior of the Heart, but nothing is more great than the Girl with the X-ray Heart. I love this guys use of poetry in his lyrics. I got the album after seeing him at Borders and find myself pondering the meaning of Cheaper Than Therapy and all its many applications in my own life.

Anna Quinn


Cheaper Than Therapy is a CD for a mature listener, not bubble-gum pop music meant for teenagers. It's music of someone who's gone through the wringer and come out a little beat up and battered, but still hopefull and with a sense of humor. If you're looking for cynisism, this CD is not for you. From the whimsical "Little Miricles" to the warm and delightful "Dorchester Girl" this album is full of wit and sweetness with not a touch of anger. It might be just the right tonic for us cranky, bitter types to face the world with a fresh heart.

Amy Manning


What a sensitive, thoughtful, poetic CD this is! "interior of the Heart" is so beautiful it makes me tear up. I can't wait to hear the other songs from "The Scarlett Letter". It's refreshing to hear music that isn't guitar-driven, harsh rock & roll or sleepy soft pop music. Just lovely sweet music that anyone can love.

Rozitha Salim


Mark Governor is a very versatile and talented singer/composer, apt to switching modes/tunes from mellow(Cheaper than Therapy, Dorchester Girl, Little Miracles) to more romantic (Don't Look Back, The Interior Of the Heart, Santa Fe)and to the mysteriousness and intrigueness of The Pain of The Shattered Glass and The Angels are Returning To LA. It's truly a wonderful and delightful CD, and a pleasure to hear such warmth and sweet voice for a change. My whole family loves it, and I believe that everyone will appreciate the CD once they hear Mark sings!! [This message has been edited by Rozitha Salim (edited September 28, 1999).] [This message has been edited by Rozitha Salim (edited September 28, 1999).]