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  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creeping Bent
  • ASIN: B00005YUAM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie were once members of Thrum, a critically lauded indie act influenced by such Americana icons as Patsy Cline, Neil Young and The Flying Burrito Brothers. And, with the aptly titled Ten Sorrowful Mysteries, Queen continues to follow Cline in her intuitive contemplation of tragic lives and relationships.

In a sweet, sometimes cracked and wavering voice, pitched somewhere between the Innocence Mission's Karen Peris and the Sundays' Harriet Wheeler, she opens "Tear Behind My Smile" with a delicate and moving "Before you broke my heart", and closes the Gram Parsons-like "Broken Wing" with a quietly wracked "Honey, I know you are suffering". It's genuinely beautiful stuff, made all the more resonant by a backing that blends softly swirling electronics with tastefully distorted guitars, birdsong and sampled whistles.

The best is left to last when, in "Where Do You Sleep", Queen's voice is swept over by a thrilling tide of celestial voices. Again, this is a truly beautiful album, equal to anything produced by Queen's former working partners Belle and Sebastian. It really should make Monica Queen an indie darling once again. --Dominic Wills


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem 31 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
For those that know Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie from the fantastic "Thrum" of about ten years ago will be pleased with this long overdue release. It's nothing like Thrum's Neil Young inspired heavy guitar sound, it has a very wistful quality. Queen sings a lot at the very top of her register, and the effect is that it sounds like her voice is just about to crack or drift away into nothing. The lyrics are poignant, rather than gloomy; this is not an album to put on just before going out on a Friday, but it is one you will listen to over and over again. I haven't heard an album that manages to sound this individual and of such quality in years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a religious experience . 9 Mar 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Recalling the likes of Patsy Cline or Emmy Lou Harris Monica sings/sobs like a desolate angelwhile Johnny 's Guitar (producer)and elecronica yearn in sympathy around her like the best of Neil Young and Brian Eno.Its 45 mins of bliss like one big song - like cortez on the best night when Neil is in the zone.There is a lot of religious imagery used and this reflects upon the religious experience of listening to TSM.Of course like some people don't believe in God some won't understand this album - one needs an open heart and soul - this is no jolly singalong - this is music as art and this is a priceless piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like Neil Young don't buy it. 5 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
I too bought this album on the strengh of a review and am in extreme gratitude.Some people do not like Neil Young's guitar style and therfore would not appreciate the great guitar work on this album.Some people don't like slow music - they need a jaunty no. in that case they wouldn't appreciate the wonderful slow burning pace of Ten Sorrowfl Mysteries.Some don't like wierd interesting production and would be better served with new Sheryl Crow album.Me i like all these things and haven't stopped playing this album since i got it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice 24 April 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Monica has a voice that really touches you.The songs are sad but somehow cheer you up.It is lovely music for listening to in the bath as it never gets noisy when you cant reach the skip button.It works better than any Radox salts.This and Lambchops new one are very similar in that respect.I wish there were more like them as i take a lot of baths.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another Poor CD Review 11 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on the back of a glowing review in the Scotland on Sunday. This album is not so much sorrowful as dire. The guitar is not a soulful and melancholy more a relentless dirge.
The sound quality is poor and after two listens I have decided that this has as much chance of growing on you as winning the lottery.
The reviewer states that this album is better than Dido but also states that it Monica will only sell a fraction of the CD's. I now know why and it is nothing to do with subtleties. Thje excrutiating whaling guiter whines its way through every song and there is no break apart from 'stop'.
This is the second really rank bad album that I have bought on the back of a newpaper CD review - Never again!!!
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