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  • Vinyl (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B00I3VWZN8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
Jocie Adams is a multi-instrumentalist best known as one of the core components of Rhode Island's the Low Anthem. The band have been very quiet over recent years and Adams has now departed to pursue an intriguing solo route producing an aural assault of such variety that a residency at the London Palladium should beckon. To stress her sound is not the ghostly alt country of the Low Anthem; it owes a larger debt to artists like Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom in its quirky orchestrated pop mixed with jazz and folk. Thus her sonic palette ranges wide and free, and whilst there may be an instrument that she doesn't play it would need private detectives to track down what it is.

This reviewer was smitten with Arc Iris once the gorgeous "Might I deserve to have a dream" was played on the Radio recently. There is something in common with Julia Holter in this but those clanging electric guitars would not sound amiss on a track by the late Jason Molina and the sweet vocals are imbued with heartache. Opener "Money Games" alternatively is a breezy piece of alternative folk, the sort which Anais Mitchell has colonised in recent years. Yet Adams songs often branch out and weave complex instrumental patterns thus "Lost on Me" sounds like a Sufjan Stevens track circa "Come on Feel the Illnoise" and is a thrilling musical excursion. "Whiskey Man" is more straightforward track but a beauty all the same with a sort of old Americana longing and a lovely vocal by Adams. Granted Adams has that sort of eccentricity that characterises many American female singers today often located under the label of "cupcake feminism" but it adds to her breezy charm not least on the poignant "Canadian Cowboys" where she coaxes out a fine melody.
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HASH(0x9ae7a2e4) out of 5 stars The references to it sounding like Kate Bush are baffling to me 24 Dec. 2014
By Thomas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand any of the posted reviews of this album. The references to it sounding like Kate Bush are baffling to me. I see no resemblance--and I've been listening to Kate Bush for forty years. If comparing the sound of Jocie's voice to Kate Bush makes people want to check it out and buy it, then fine, but I have the feeling you'll be disappointed if that's all you're looking for. What this does sound like is Jocie Adams set free. I loved her in The Low Anthem and I loved her first solo album, but this Arc Iris is quite different and quite beautiful. And it's a got a lot more fun in it than those previous works. There are times when the sound is folksy, times when the sound is a bit jazz age-y, times when it is quite classical(y) . . . but all of it works. The songs are very distinct from each other --and all of the tracks are worth having.

Even the 5 star reviews posted for this album seemed kind of tepid to me, so I'll put it this way: this album kicks so much ass that when you're finished listening all you'll have is an empty pair of pants flapping in the wind. It's well worth the $9.49 you need to plop down for an mp3 download . . . though that cover is so pretty that you should probably just go ahead and get the lp version for $15.54. This isn't your run of the mill, freeze dried music. It's got snap and verve. It's got spunk.

BTW, I'm sorry to say that I know nothing about the other members of Arc Iris, so I've put all of my focus on Jocie. I do know this, though: they play the s*** out of these songs. And they sound young and full of life. So give the kids a break and put down some coin for this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aeb85c4) out of 5 stars Rainbows with chutzpah 7 April 2014
By UnsurprisingLawyer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is a little bit of special. It has beautiful vocals layered over a banjo and a driving rhythm section. There is a cello and trumpet playing catch. The piano hits all the right notes. They have witty winking lyrics. And then there is the waltzing. Oh the waltzing they have. All on the first track. I think I made it approximately forty seconds into the song before I decided to commit to the ride.

While the reviews I have seen emphasized the band's eclecticism, it is worth noting that all the musicians are technically superb. With their skill and the lead singer's substantial charisma they take us through dozens of ideas without missing a beat. Listening to this album the first time was a treat. Listening to it again, well that was practically mandatory.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac755d0) out of 5 stars Eclectic new band 18 April 2014
By Richard Boardman - Published on
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I saw Arc Iris live as an opening act for Nicole Atkins and, unlike most opening acts I've ever seen, really enjoyed them. Not many bands you see have a cello as a key part. They are very "musical" in that their arrangements are quite complex but not so much so that they lose you. Something different always seems to be happening and in a way that works. The arrangements remind me a bit of more musical Frank Zappa songs in that many surprising things are constantly happening. The lead singer is really the star and her quirky soprano may remind you of a young Kate Bush. So I bought this album wondering if the sound would hold up in a studio setting and was very pleased with the result. I'd recommend giving this a listen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9f5960) out of 5 stars Interesting, creative, melodic, percussive! 6 April 2014
By girasola - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is a wonderful blend of folk, classical, and many other styles of music. You will not expect the meter and chord changes you hear. You will not expect the leaps in the melodies or all the different instrumentation. Jocie's voice is unusual and fun. Any true musician will appreciate this!
HASH(0xa05d3db0) out of 5 stars A Blast 14 April 2014
By Vallin - Published on
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OK...I'm biased! They sound so reminiscent of Shelleyan Orphan ('Helleborine'), Kate Bush (especially 'Hounds Of Love'), Joni Mitchell, and Renaissance that they remind me of my halcyon happy days of the 70's-80's. I first saw them March 23 2014 opening up for Nicole Atkins at Terminal West here in Atlanta. And...well--having met her--Jocie Adams is such a CUTIE ;)!
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