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July Flame [CD]

Laura Veirs Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (25 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B002Q8H6HY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Can See Your Tracks 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. July Flame 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sun Is King 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Where Are You Driving? 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Life Is Good Blues 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Silo Song 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Little Deschutes 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Summer Is The Champion 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. When You Give Your Heart 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sleeper In The Valley 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wide-Eyed, Legless 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Carol Kaye 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Make Something Good 4:140.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Back on independent imprint Bella Union after a lengthy sojourn with Warner’s subsidiary, Nonesuch, Colorado-born chanteuse Laura Veirs has been making all sorts of changes since the release of her last longplayer, 2007’s Saltbreakers. They include relocating to a new city (Portland, Oregon), setting up home with her long-time producer, Tucker Martine, and severing ties with her Seattle-based backing band. Indeed, the new album offers an airy, bucolic, for the most part drum-less, sound, effectively returning Veirs to the fingerpicking folk milieu (albeit a deluxe, widescreen version thereof) that characterised her early records.  

Named after a variety of peach, Veirs’ seventh album is aptly named, its mood erring toward the ripe and summery, the stripped-back arrangements leaving plenty of spaces for her crystalline-as-mountain-air vocals to swoop and glide. The erstwhile geologist and inveterate nature lover is still packing her songs with floral, orological and riverine metaphors, but July Flame also finds her exploring new, more direct lyrical avenues, like the unabashed romanticism of When You Give Your Heart or the unequivocal Carole Kaye – an ingenuous  homage to the titular ‘Wrecking Crew’ session bassist.

The remainder of the album’s 13 songs unfurl with unhurried serenity, the parameters described by the country-flecked Sun is King and the lyrically obtuse Silo Song, beautifully decorated with Stephen Barber’s string arrangement. The chorally suffused I Can See Your Tracks, meanwhile, seems to have borrowed its numinous descants from label-mates and fellow North-Westerners, Fleet Foxes.  

Things grow musically darker on Little Deschutes, a paean to Veirs’ new life in the eponymous Oregon county. While its glowering electric guitars and Stygian strings threaten like approaching thunderclouds, Veirs’ lyrics offer a contrasting note of lovelorn surrender: “Sure is hard to dance across the room / When you've got one foot on the floor and one foot outside the door / I want nothing more than to dance with you.”

Make Something Good, a rasping, piano and strings-ornamented duet with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, closes out the record. It sounds like both an affirmation and a mission statement and encourages the happy thought that the best of Laura Veirs may still be to come. --David Sheppard

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"July Flame" is a "full blown" pedigree lo-fi album from Portland's wonderful Laura Veirs. Recorded in her back room, this is an enchanting, wry and often winsome album. It sometimes seems infused with some of the melancholy that combines with a mischievous quality to be found on Thomas Newman's glorious "American Beauty" soundtrack. Nothing wrong in that at all and while "July Flame" is not high on the excitement Richter scale or will not exactly rock your world this is a lovely piece of work. It is an album indeed that you grow to love a bit more every listen particularly as you notice its small nuances, the introduction of a violin here or a viola there, a harp in the background and small pieces of orchestration.

Laura Veirs is hardly a household name and yet this is actually her seventh album since her debut in 1999. It is also the first since the excellent Saltbreakers in 2007. In that time she has recorded with the Decemberists and clearly has friends in high places as Jim James of My Morning Jacket fame appears in a cameo role singing on "I can see your tracks" the excellent opener to July Flame and on other parts of the album.

What then separates Veirs from the numerous angst ridden American folk singers on offer? Well for a start she is not angst ridden. The quality of some of the songs on July Flame have an incredibly light feel and on times this album almost floats so gently in parts you feel it could break. Listen to the last track "Make something good" and the gentle piano and strings and imagine yourself looking up in bright blue sky (as opposed to sinking in 10 foot snow drifts). It is dreamy and slow and pitched perfect. In the same vein "Where are you driving" could be on Sufjan Stevens magnificent "Seven Swans".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet 28 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was surprised to find this album only has 4.5 stars, I have every Laura Viers album and EP and whilst Saltbreakers was a slight disappointment the others rate as some of the best music I've ever heard. July Flame is absolutely a return to form and, for me at least, is possibly the best yet.

Oh, and don't be put off by someone else's comment that it's "lo-fi". It's actually possibly her best in recording quality terms too, though some of the earlier albumns set a fairly low bench mark.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winsome folk... 8 Jan 2012
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Laura Viers is a new name to me, but given the evidence on offer in this nifty little lo-fi folk-pop album, I 'll be investigating more of her back catalogue as soon as I can. Her songs focus mainly around finger -picked guitar, sing-songy choruses and plaintively wispy vocals.It's a winning formula, but one that takes time to work.For what at first sounds like yet another earnestly drippy singer- song writer effort, strangely ends up having real staying power.It may all sound rather naive,but beneath the simplicity,there is real craft and intelligence going on here,not to mention heart felt performances and well thought out instrumental sections.

In a word this album is a little gem -beguiling and sufficiently varied to warrant many a visitation to your CD player.If there was ever an antidote to a cold Grey Winters day,'July Flame' is it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars mellow delight 1 July 2014
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A beautiful album. play it all day long.
One of the best by Laura Veirs and a definite must for the record collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this! 21 April 2010
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I love this album and I can't stop playing it. Veirs is back on form and it's an album choc-full of great tracks. That's recommendation enough!
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