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Elephants... Teeth Sinking Into Heart [CD]

Rachael Yamagata Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B001E1DJD4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Elephants
2. What If I Leave
3. Little Life
4. Sunday Afternoon
5. Elephants Instrumental
6. Duet
7. Over And Over
8. Brown Eyes
9. Horizon/The Only Fault
Disc: 2
1. Sidedish Friend
2. Accident
3. Faster
4. Pause The Tragic Ending
5. Don't

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4.0 out of 5 stars A drug you don't wanna get over 11 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
It's been four long years since Rachael Yamagata's debut album "Happenstance" made its appearance, and since then we've not heard a sung word.

So that makes the appearance of "Elephants... Teeth Sinking Into Heart" even sweeter, especially since Yamagata has clearly not stagnated. Her second full-length album is just as bluesy and quietly bittersweet as her prior work, but four years have added polish and depth to her music -- especially the layered, string-soaked instrumentals and hauntingly world-weary lyrics.

"If the elephants have past lives, yet are destined to always remember/it's no wonder how they scream," Yamagata muses over a delicate piano melody. As a backdrop of strings pass behind her, she meditates on a past lover who is "forcing me to remember when all I want is to just forget you," and compares the painful memories and lingering feelings to various animals -- elephants, tigers, hawks.

As the song ends, she warns listeners sadly, "So for those of you falling in love/keep it kind, keep it good, keep it right/Throw yourself in the midst of danger, but keep one eye open at night...."

Things get no more cheerful in the songs that follow -- the reigning sound is that of piano/string ballads, drifting sadly through tales of lost love and haunting regrets. Yamagata does give the sound some variation -- gentle thumping ballads asking "what if I leave?", soaring laments, string-soaked jazzy tunes, trickling instrumentals that echo the first song, a folksy "Duet" with Ray Lamontaigne, country-edged melodies. It ends with a suitably plaintive lament ("Someday I hope I can find the horizon/I've been all around the world... And if I did teach you anything at all/I hope that you learned how to love...") that drips with painful sentiment...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden treasure 18 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
I find out about Rachael Yamagata after hearing her on the O.C. soundtrack. Since then I have bought both of her albums and have not been disappointed.
She has a beautiful haunting voice and songs similar in style to Damien Rice.
I would particularly recommend this album if you've been/are going through a break up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fragile Power 10 Jan 2010
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'Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart' is Rachael Yamagata's second album.
2004's 'Happenstance', her last release, was a fine affair; one of those
recordings one goes back to like a touchstone when the moment arises.
('Paper Doll' and 'Quiet' were such beautiful songs!)

So, it is good to have her back.
Not too much has changed in her approach and this can only be a good thing.

The fourteen tracks in this collection are spread over two discs.
The nine compositions on 'Elephant' demonstrate what Ms
Yamagata does best : the melancholic, reflective ballad.
The five songs comprising '...Teeth Sinking Into Heart'
wear a more upbeat and electric set of raiments.
She navigates both territories with skill and imagination.

Her voice is her greatest strength. A fragile but expressive instrument
with the capacity to bring a wide range of emotions to life.

Opening track 'Elephants', a spare and affecting composition, unites
voice, piano and strings in one of the project's highlights.
Loss, memory and regret coalesce in one of the loveliest
performances of her career so far. Truly beautiful.
(The brief instrumental reprise further into the disc is heart-breaking).

'Sunday Afternoon' takes time to make its mark. A slow, bluesy number
saturated with dark longing. The consummately realised string arrangement
adds much to the emotional clout of the powerful vocal performance.
The song manages to be very grown-up and vulnerable in the same breath.

'Duet' finds Ms Yamagata mixing it up with Ray LaMontagne in fine style.
A quiet, delicate folk-like dirge which frames their laconic unity perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Under my skin 13 Nov 2010
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I've come to really love this album. Rachael's beautiful smokey, musical voice and her moody, intelligent songs are just tremendous. I can't even remember how I came across this artist....I'm going through a bit of phase of listening to this at the moment. Just beautiful. If you have ears, like distinctive female artists and music, chances are you will love this. I just have to buy her other album now!
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