The idiosyncratic Mitchell Froom was among the most acclaimed and eclectic producers of his era, with a résumé which included acts ranging from Los Lobos to Cibo Matto to his wife, Suzanne Vega. Beginning his career as a versatile session player noted primarily for his keyboard prowess, Froom initially attracted attention with his 1984 solo debut The Key of Cool, used as the soundtrack to the film Cafe Flesh. His first significant outside production work appeared on the Del Fuegos' 1985 LP Boston, Mass, his breakthrough following a year later with Crowded House's self-titled debut, its bright, pristine pop sound typifying the Froom production aesthetic of the time. Subsequent efforts including Peter Case's eponymous solo outing, while Richard Thompson's Daring Adventures solidified his reputation as a rising talent; they also saw the continuation of his fledgling partnership with engineer Tchad Blake, a collaboration which proved remarkably fruitful in the years to follow.
Froom continued to work steadily during the late '90s and early 2000s, helming records with high profiles (Sheryl Crow's Globe Sessions, and Binaural from Pearl Jam) as well as up-and-coming artists like Mia Doi Todd and Phantom Planet. In 2005, Froom served as producer for both Music from the O.C.: Mix 1 and Rhino's Whatever: The 90's Pop and Culture Box. He also issued the solo effort Thousand Days, a collection of piano music. ~ Jason Ankeny