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Carbon Glacier [VINYL] [Import]

Laura Veirs Vinyl
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Laura Veirs grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she often spent summers camping with her family, which gave her much of her songwriting inspiration. Veirs has said that she didn’t seriously listen to music until she was in her 20s; instead, she just heard what was in her environment. She listened to folk, country, classical and pop music around the house and on the radio during ... Read more in Amazon's Laura Veirs Store

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  • Vinyl (6 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jealous Butcher
  • ASIN: B000WCN8WS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,187,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute masterpiece 25 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
‘Carbon Glacier’, (named after the breathtaking black and white mass atop Mount Rainier) is Veirs’ fourth album, is one great impressionistic mood-sweep. Her last album, ‘Troubled By The Fire’ while utterly beguiling, trod a familiar, country-tinged path, too similar to the works of Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris to be considered a great work. At times, ‘Troubled By The Fire’ attempted to straddle too many genres (one minute bluegrass, one minute country, one minute agit-rock), and was denied of absolute greatness by being a bit scattershot and a bit too familiar. With ‘Carbon Glacier’, Veirs showcases an album of opaque, wintered laments that evoke the cold, jagged landscape of the Colorado Rockies.
While an album based on a landscape is nothing new, no other artist has succeeded like Veirs. Where other artists (notably Bruce Springsteen on ‘Nebraska’) have used the winter as a metaphor for emotional atrophy and exile, Veirs turns the idea on its head, instead focussing on the possibility of new life amongst the icy terrain. The opening lines are telling, “My wooden vibrating mouth / sing me your lover’s song / come with me and we’ll head up North / Where the rivers run icy and strong.” (‘Ether Sings’) and so Veirs remains here for the duration of the album, using the American wilderness as giant metaphor and exploring nature’s unpredictability and the failings of humanity via gently exquisite songs that are both dark and enlightening.
‘Rapture’ is an excellent example of the Veirs’ songwriting range, name-checking Kurt Cobain (“junk coursing through his veins”) and Virginia Woolf (“Death came and hung her coat”).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stark Beauty Of A Young Poet 14 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Certain things -"growth" for instance, or "breadth"- cannot be said about artists who are still so young, and only a few albums into their careers. Yet with Ms. Laura Veirs, the exquisite breadth that she is already showing -from Troubled By Fire to Carbon Glacier- and her growth as a performer, are remarkable, however young, however "untenured" she may be. There are, like the prior reviewer says, laments, yet not they are not only that. They are explorations, impressions, musical poems. Jewels as diverse as "Ether Sings," "Lonely Angel Dust," "Shadow Blues," Snow Camping" or "Chimney Sweeping Man" alone justify, and fully prove, Veirs' talent, sensibility, and the astonishing maturity of her compositions. Another important mention is the "dead-on" production by Tucker Martine who does what even some great producers forget to do, at times, he disappeared behind Laura Veirs' music, and yet has taken it to a new poetic and expressive plateau. I personally has heard enough to vow to follow Laura Veirs to whatever layers this album is still to take me, and whatever new depths may it have still unexplored.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If "Bedroom Eyes" is the siren song on Viers' 'Troubled by the Fire' album, that to listen to is to buy, the hypnotic "Rapture" is the track to steer clear of here on 'Glacier'.
I have nothing to add to the other raves posted here, but -dammit, people - this is a lady with a major talent and we have to keep her in strings and victuals so she can sing and write on 'til the great unwashed wake up to her amazing songs and buy her in the numbers that'll see her home n dry.
Her voice has a unique quaver, breaking when least expected and giving the resulting fractured note more power than if LV had hit it 4-square.
Ridiculous: here I am, an expat Claphamian mooching around Seattle, and I'm getting more enthusiastic and educated feedback about Laura V from the folks back in Blighty than I can find here. Mind you, once the inevitable breakthru comes, there'll be no stopping her. It's a privilege to be in at this early stage, before the mobbing and adulation and sold-outs.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I commend this cd to the house 14 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mr James Bassett has written a wonderful review of this record. Almost as beautiful as the record itself. All I would add is that on first listen these songs may sound a little quirky and deliberately off-centre. However, the honesty in her voice and the warmth (despite the sparseness) of the production, keeps the discerning listener coming back for more. And you, discerning listener, are rewarded with an incredible lp. Morrissey once said that singers can't help but give away their intentions with the sound of their voice. I sense a passion and purity in Laura Viers that is impossible to impersonate, and I think these things are important. Her writing is original, melodic and hugely atmospheric and I commend this cd to the house.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Female Acoustic Singer Songwriter with a Twist 26 April 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is very natural sounding. Lots of earthy acoustic instruments.Fingerpicking prevails on most songs.
Laura's voice is beautiful too, she has a sense of urgency which addsinterest to her songs. She could never sink into the bland mainstream, hermusic is not background music, it demands to be listened to.
The lyrics are so beautiful conjuring up vivid rustic images. The albumsopening lyrics are typical, on 'Ether Sings' she sings "my woodenvibrating mouth, sing me your lovers song, come with me we'll head upnorth, where the rivers run icy and strong."
She may evoke memories of Tanya Donelly (of Belly) in an acoustic mood,maybe an American Beth Orton without any dance leanings.
Favourite songs are 'Rapture' and 'Wind is Blowing stars'.
As Laura says "huddle up close nice and tight, we might absorb enoughmoonlight." Probably the best way to listen to this album which i'm surewill be on my Top 2004 albums list.
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Probably my favourite CD by this great singer songwriter/poet along with 'July Flame'.
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although i was unsure about the whole alt-folk/americana genre, having listened to this album over and over again in the few weeks i have had it, i am a firm convert and have... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2006 by mister ince
5.0 out of 5 stars Major label reissue of 2004's classic LP....
It seems bizarre that Laura Veirs can receive huge acclaim in this country (Uncut's LP of the month, broadsheet-interviews), while being relatively unknown in her own country. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2004 by Jason Parkes
3.0 out of 5 stars Glacial indeed. But some more warmth and soul please!
Her voice could cut ice, she compares with Cat Power for understated lyrical beauty, but sometimes you'd love some raw passion to be shown. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2004 by Darryl Still
4.0 out of 5 stars This album certainly thawed this Carbon Glacier.
For an album that revels in as one of its main themes the elements and the raw beauty of nature “Carbon Glacier” is a surprisingly intimate album. Read more
Published on 9 May 2004 by russell clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stark Beauty Of A Young Poet
Certain things -"growth" for instance, or "breadth"- cannot be said about artists who are still so young, and only a few albums into their careers. Yet with Ms. Read more
Published on 7 May 2004 by Juan Mobili
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year
Saw a review in Uncut...ordered the CD which lived up to all expectations. Beautifully crafted thought provoking songs....intelligentlyrics...highly original. Read more
Published on 22 April 2004 by Mr. Kevin English
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