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Miss America

Mary Margaret O'Hara Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000072MN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. To Cry About
2. Year In Song
3. Body's In Trouble
4. Dear Darling
5. A New Day
6. When You Know Why You're Happy
7. My Friends Have
8. Help Me Lift You Up
9. Keeping You In Mind
10. Not Be Alright
11. You Will Be Loved Again

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By R. Gray
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 'cult' singer's best album , so far... 17 May 2005
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and wonderful singing, words and music 15 Dec 1999
Format:Audio CD
Mary Margaret O'Hara's only album has been one of my favourites since I bought it - pretty much by accident - about ten years ago. Her voice swoops, dives and breaks its way through her own unique songs. "Poetic" is right, and she's not about to get a lot of cover versions. She gets excellent and sensitive accompaniment too.
Is she like anyone else? Not much: you could think of Laurie Anderson or Liz Phair, perhaps - but O'Hara is more tuneful and seems more at home with her country or jazz borrowings.
From the weird personal comment ("To Cry About") through joyous celebration ("A new day")... I don't know - it's all over the place, and unlike anything else you ever heard, and wonderful. Go for it.
Link: MMOH guests on the Henry's "Puerto Angel" - otherwise an enjoyable laid-back instrumental album..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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3.0 out of 5 stars What a waste
When Mary Margaret O'Hara appeared on the Andy Kershaw BIG WORLD show she wore an incredible dress.A proper knee length one which billowed out and I was on her side. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and Mesmerizing!
I re-bought this CD when I heard that Mary Margaret would be performing nearby, which is a rarity in and of itself...I owned the album years ago but it got lost in many moves.. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by Sue Donym
4.0 out of 5 stars miss america review
Brilliant response, very speedy. Listening to the album took me back to being at university, twenty years ago - it felt like yesterday, thankyou
Published on 25 May 2009 by Mrs. S. E. Richardson-cornish
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Margaret Unique
Sometimes you risk buying music because you've read something and you find yourself intrigued. I did, in the late eighties. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2009 by holdall
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss America
CD very good. Never heard of the artist until she gave a radio interview. Unfortunately the product arrived post rather than pre Christmas.
Published on 9 Feb 2009 by P. J. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange & enchanting
Miss America is an inspiring collection of haunting songs delivered in a breathtaking variety of styles without sacrificing cohesion. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2008 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the truly great albums
This album is simply an amazing tour de force. It's a wild, crazy and very strange piece and the work of a genius. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2007 by Cloudberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and atmospheric
Miss America is an inspiring collection of haunting songs delivered in a breathtaking variety of styles without sacrificing cohesion. Read more
Published on 5 July 2007 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kept musical secret EVER?
I thought me and my mate Simon were the only people in the world who knew this record was a work of genius. What a delight to discover so many other people seem to concur. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2006 by Paul Handley
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world.
This is a jewel, a stunning, shimmering jewel. You will not find a better 45 minute musical statement anywhere. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2006 by Mark Studden
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