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Miss America [CASSETTE]


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  • Audio Cassette (6 Sep 1989)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EC99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Gray on 25 Jun 2002
Format: Audio CD
At times bewildering, at others bewitching, Miss America remains stunning nearly 15 years on from its initial release. There's nothing else quite like it, so perhaps it's appropriate (if frustrating and mysterious) that MMoH never recorded another album (unless you count the soundtrack to 2002 Canadian movie Apartment Hunting). Trying to describe this record is almost impossible, words like 'singing' and 'vocals' don't come anywhere near capturing the effect of Mary's soaring impressionistic voice, floating and swooping from a whisper to croak and demanding to be listened to. Come on... buy it. And then buy the best stereo in the world and a faultless pair of headphones, switch off the lights, lie back and know, forever, that you will be loved again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. T. Szczepaniak on 9 Jan 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was given this album as a present when it was first released, and my initial reaction was "what is this woman on?" It takes a few listens to get used to O'Hara's idiosyncratic style, but it gradually works its magic.
From the beautiful "You will be loved again" and "Let me lift you up" through the quirkier "When you know why you're happy" and "What my friends got" to the downright bonkers "Not be all right" every song has a magic of its own.
Standout track for me is "Body's in trouble" - I'm not sure what it's about but I could listen to it all day. Thirteen years after I first heard this album I still love it - get out there and buy it.
And Mary Margaret - if you're reading this, do me a favour and release a new album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
Her first ( and only ) full length solo recording. Original and eccentric, but not, on first listen, for every taste; a jazzy country mixture of Bjork, Patti Smith and Buffy Sainte-Marie. As often seems to happen in Canada, Ms. O'Hara was blessed with a beautifully idiosyncratic voice; thankfully the guitarist/producer Michael Brook gave the artist room to experiment on her debut. Melodies and lyrics veer from joyous abandon to venomous anger, often in the same song. She spits, stutters and snarls through 'Year in Song' and 'Not Be Allright', but the atmospheric weepers 'To Cry About' and 'You Will Be Loved Again', like Jane Siberry and Cowboy Junkies, can bring tears to the eyes of grown-ups. Check the double meaning of the album title, and search for her later guest appearances on releases by Gary Lucas, This Mortal Coil, and Morrissey; after hearing this you will need more. Mary Margaret O'Hara is the sister of comedian Catherine O'Hara of Home Alone, Best of Show, and A Mighty Wind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
The staggeringly wonderful Mary Margaret O `Hara has only ever released one album an E.P.Christmas and a soundtrack albumApartment Hunting that considering her other recorded work must be viewed as disappointing yet I wager anyone who has heard that one album proper immediate puts her in their favourite artists list she is that good. Something that I was recently reminded of when hearing her appearance on the Tindersticks album where she duets the marvellously barmy song . She is considered deeply eccentric something watching her live does little to discourage and Miss America
did not appear until 1988 ,despite O'Hara signing her contract with "Virgin " in 1983 , because O'Hara's perfectionism and unconventional recording habits made the record difficult to complete. Andy Partridge of XTC had been scheduled to produce recordings with her, but was fired by her manage from the project when she found out that he was an atheist and that Partridge's co-producer on the project John Leckie (who produced albums by XTC and, later, The Stone Roses) was a follower of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a controversial Indian guru who reportedly supported free love.
The album eventually was recorded in both Wales and her native Canada which are unlikely bedfellows ( or are they ?) and was co-produced with Michael Brook, once a member of Martha & The Muffins . Some of the songs were knocking on ten year old("Year in Song " for instance ) when they were recorded but they cover a remarkable multiplicity of styles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Machin on 15 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
What little you can find about Mary Margaret O'Hara on the web suggests she was the very definition of the difficult artiste, but whether because of or despite that, this album is a masterpiece. Pared to the bone settings which manage to be both raw and tuneful, a kind of melodic scaffolding for her astonishingly resonant, nerveless vocal. I'm guessing that this album, like all first albums, took a lifetime to make and it sounds like a life well lived. Released in 1986 or thereabouts, she has never never made another. Maybe she said it all with this one (how refreshing!). I've had it in every format since, played it hundreds of times and it comes up fresh every time. Indefinable, uncategorisable, vertiginously brilliant... you'll never hear anything else like it. Do yourself a favour etc. etc.
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