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Warp & Weft

19 Aug 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 19 Aug 2013
  • Label: Bella Union
  • Copyright: 2013 Bella Union
  • Total Length: 42:32
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  • ASIN: B00EJMMQ9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,370 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Denise Kong on 26 Aug 2013
Format: MP3 Download
Although Warp and Weft is Laura Veirs' ninth album, this talented female singer-songwriter has somehow passed me by all these years. I may no longer wear heavy skirts, or seek out so many boycotts that my nutritional well being starts to suffer, or listen to this sort of stuff any more. But when I hear about Laura Veirs, I realise that I still have a yearning to recreate the freshness of those first few Tori Amos fuelled years of my musical life.

So, yeah... Warp and Weft is good! I like the album's title, with its emphasis on the craft of singing and songwriting.

I see there's a disappointed reviewer here on Amazon.co.uk who would like Laura to go back to pure folk. I have to agree that, despite my folk misgivings, I too prefer the folky tracks and am not too keen on the rockier ones. However, that's only a couple of tracks on the album, and I do wonder whether these experiments have rubbed off on the other tracks for the better. I certainly enjoyed most of the non-rock tracks more than I normally enjoy folk.

I was most impressed by the beautiful, often vocally tricky melodies, which Laura manages to riff up and down effortlessly. It's not all tight control - if she wants to let go, she does. It's all there in her voice, from a whisper, right up to a cry.

Laura was pregnant when she made this album. It's been a long time since I went through all that pregnancy and bonding with your baby stuff. These lyrics on Sun Song brought it all back to me (even though I'm not too sure what they mean).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug 2013
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Laura Veirs last album was the child friendly traditional songs of "Tumble Bee" which had it moments but was aimed at a very specific audience. In one sense then "Warp and Weft" is her first proper album since the summer pastures of 2009's wonderful "July Flame". If you don't own, or have yet to hear the title track or "Make something good" the lovely duet with My Morning Jacket's Jim James then seek medical help. This is the Portland's singers ninth album and one of her best. James is back guesting on the album. as are the two chanteuses Neko Case and K D Lang plus fellow North Westerners the Decemberists. The most immediate impression of this album is that its a much less laid back affair than "July Flame". Electric guitars and punchy solos punctuate many of the songs and there is even a slice of Alice Coltrane style jazz in "White Cherry" which has the considerable merit of being highly listenable. It's mantra, of "Abundant life, that's this life." closes an album of true wonders.

Back at the beginning is the acoustic "Sun Spot" with Neko Case making an impressive guest appearance. It does reprise some "July Flame" sounds and is a sterling start with Veirs vocal mixing soft and grit, combined with great electric guitar backing and strings that take it out with a bang. The next song "America" is essentially a rock song with a grungy bass. It is much harder fare than Veirs usual template and enters the heated debate on gun control when she observes "Everybody's packing heat in America / Training their barrels on the city streets of America". The great storytelling of "Dorothy of the Island" is a real standout punctuated with a rocking guitar solo although the haunting "Shape Shifter" matches it with high emotion as Veirs sings about the approach of cold frost and winter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Harvey on 19 Aug 2013
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All of Laura Veirs albums are classy, elegant affairs. This, her ninth, might be the very best yet.

There's plenty of familiar stuff here for those who've followed her previous work but it's immediately striking how the arrangements on "Warp and Weft", in contrast to the politeness of her previous release, "July Flame", have become edgier and more expansive. The sombre and reflective mood Veir's creates throughout is heightened by the prescence of guest guitarist, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel. His noisy, tremolo-heavy Neil Young-style solos and understated pedal steel work blend incredibly well with regular viola player Eyvind Kang's exotic, eastern-flavoured string arrangements. Even when Veirs moves into completely new, bold territory with the Alice Coltrane-esque, harp/horn driven jazz of the last song, "White Cherry" she manages to pull it off with style and grace. A truly stunning record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By billyliar on 15 Nov 2013
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I'm certainly a fan of Laura Veirs and I've followed her for many years, seeing her live a number of times in the UK. It's precisely because I'm so fond of her music that I found the album quite underwhelming. There are some 'good' songs on this album (e.g. Sun Song, Shape Shifter, the very catchy That Alice) but that's what they are - just 'good'.

As a particular fan of her albums Carbon Glacier and Year of the Meteors I found the album lacks the complex, brittle, stark melodies of this previous work. These albums had a mysterious 'other-worldliness' to them which is absent here. (Though to be honest this was also missing from the more commercially-sounding Saltbreakers). To my ears she seems to have lost the element of 'edginess' and 'darkness' that made her best work so interesting. Maybe that's becoming a mother for you! Still, it sure beats most stuff out there..
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