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Get Well Soon [CD]

Sarabeth Tucek Audio CD
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Singer/Songwriter Sarabeth Tucek is from New York, the daughter of a psychiatrist and psychologist. Originally her calling was acting, until after a few years in Hollywood her singing and songwriting was encouraged by many in the music scene she fell in with. Her first musical collaboration was with Bill Callahan on Smog’s “Supper” in 2003. She can be seen performing a song ... Read more in Amazon's Sarabeth Tucek Store

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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sonic Cathedral
  • ASIN: B004M185AK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Wound And The Bow
2. Wooden
3. A View
4. The Fireman
5. Smile For No One
6. Things Left Behind
7. State I Am In
8. At The Bar
9. Rising
10. The Doctor
11. Exit Ghost
12. Get Well Soon

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BBC Review

Miami-born and New York-bred, Sarabeth Tucek has come some way along the road of indie dues-paying, having sung back-ups on Smog’s album Supper and appeared in notorious rock-doc DiG!. And it looked like she could cross over into a relative state of superstardom when she released her eponymous debut album in 2007, especially when a certain Bob Dylan popped up to express his admiration of the singer. Said Ethan Johns-produced set also found a fan in Laura Marling, who subsequently recruited the Brit Award nominee to work on her acclaimed I Speak Because I Can. However, things started to go awry, Tucek’s life taking a turn for the worse.

For her second album Tucek elucidates these tribulations, chiefly those connected to her father’s death, and explores related themes throughout the collection. It features moments of true beguilement, and referencing the greats – a bit of Feist here, Throwing Muses there, along with touches of Karen Dalton, Cat Power and Linda Perhacs – together with a musical menu of Neil Young, The Velvet Underground and even a dash of Big Star, helps to make Get Well Soon a marvel. It proves that through the hard times comes sweetness of a kind, a resolving of the personal Hell that is the loss of a parent. Despite its sombre influences, though, this is an earthy and oddly life-enhancing listen.

Opening with the delicate The Wound and the Bow, second track Wooden sets up the album properly as it bursts into life from gentle beginnings – come its end, it’s exuded a pre-concept-addled Pink Floyd rock-out warmth. State I Am In broods Breeders-like into classic Sister Lovers territory, while The Fireman is especially pleasing, Tucek recounting with touching detail a dream she had about her father: "The fireman saved many a home / But the fireman could not save his own." The closing title-track allows her to put some distance between so much grief – the dislocation, pleading and real life’s butting in – and where she is today. It wraps up what must have been a dreadful couple of years, and bookends this collection perfectly.

There are around 20,000 records like this released every year by female troubadours. But there’s something just very right, and really quite splendid, about Get Well Soon. It could well prove to be a timeless little wonder.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Well Soon 12 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
A sensational second album from Sarabeth Tucek, which will have listeners reaching for the kind of superlatives very few have deserved in 2011. Her smoky occasionally cracked vocal style (think 70% Cat Power, 30% Karen Dalton) is nestled in some vaguely Neil Young guitar work of both the hard and soft variety which may lead you to think this is another work of superior retro, but when everyone you care to mention is filtering their work via various genres maybe this isn't such a big sin anymore. And, hey, when a CD is this good, who cares. The big news is that Get Well Soon is up there with any of the great releases in 2011 because it packs a hell of a punch both musically and lyrically. Needless to say this will be a hugely underrated release for all sorts of reasons (not Brit school pampered for a start and a Yank woman to boot) and is unlikely to feature in any critics top tens come year end if the reviews are anything to go by, which will be a crying shame as Sarabeth Tucek is now one of the great singer songwriters out there at the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A buried treasure... 22 May 2011
By Kooba
Format:Audio CD
For this listener, there's too many female singer/songwriters out there with no spark and fight and well...originality. No more twee...pleeease. And as for Florence - I was the one trying to dodge the flat notes at Glastonbury last year. Bought this on the strength of a review, and my favourite buy of the year. Completely uplifting - it's like Karen Carpenter has eaten Rumer for breakfast, and morphed into Neil Young in a dress. Just fantastic. Take a punt on this if you like beautiful songs with a psych edge. Think Aimee Mann, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Evan Dando on a good day, Tori Amos on a quiet day, Elliott Smith, or the wickedly under-rated Carpenters. And she's better than Rumer. One day this will be a number one record somewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cd full of melancholia and beauty 31 Mar 2012
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I loved Tucek's first album but found it almost uncomfortable in its moments of searing honesty - almost too raw. This album is less raw, more accomplished and more consistent, but no less powerful and moving and beautiful for all of that... It is an album that gives you half a dozen standout tracks in one fell swoop - Wooden, The Fireman, Things Left Behind, At the Bar, The Doctor, Exit Ghost and Get Well Soon - with the remaining tracks lighter in tone but giving the collection a balance that allows repeated listening.

I like Cat Power, Mazzy Star, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen - and Tucek gives me a little of all of these. And how wonderfully she interprets and reinterprets the refrain in The Fireman: 'The fireman / saved many a home / but the fireman / could not save his own'! The words sound simple; Tucek gives them resonance and power.

A wonderful cd. Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Wait 27 May 2011
By William J. Walker VINE VOICE
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I was lucky enough to get her first album almost as soon as it came out. It became my favourite release of 2007 and has been continually revisited ever since. I was beginning to wonder if she'd disappeared altogether when I heard that she was doing a session on Six Music, I found this album and ordered it immediately. Having waited so long for the follow up, I realised I was actually a little nervous in playing it, a little fearful of it being a let down. I needn't have worried, it's superb.

I gather the reason for the delay was having a few rocky times in the intervening years but she has reunited with Jason Hiller and Luther Russell who worked on her previous album which means, despite the gap, a continuity between the albums is maintained. If you loved the first album, you will love this. Incidentally, the first album ends with an absolute corker of a track and so does this. Her voice is as good as ever, the Karen Carpenter/Karen Dalton/Cat Power comparisons stand but it's HER voice, she's not imitating anybody.

I gather a lot of the songs deal with the loss of her father when she was younger (in a boating accident) so it would be fair to say a there is a lot of darkness in the lyrics but this is in no way a depressing album. The music is just too good to leave you maudlin.

It's still early but I already feel this could be the release of the year, I only hope she gets the success to go with it she deserves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S GOOD! BUT IT'S NOT CARLING!! 19 Sep 2013
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After the beautiful eponymous first album this is a little flat.I realise it's an emotive album written around the illness of her father.
But in essence it all sounds a little samey.Shame.
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