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12 Jun 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 12 Jun 2009
  • Label: Honest Jon's Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Honest Jon's 2009
  • Total Length: 44:25
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  • ASIN: B0029RMZ7S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,190 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Whatever you do don't let this album pass you by.

I'm prepared to beg to ensure that
you take the chance to hear it !

Simone White's new recording 'Yakiimo'
is a precious little wonder.

12 songs. A fragile, melancholy, almost hollow, voice.
Arrangements so stripped down and delicately balanced
that they might almost collapse inward on themselves.

These haunting melodies, stories and reflections
have the power to touch both heart and mind.

It seems almost ignoble to deconstruct such a perfectly defined whole.

A brief mention, then, of just a few of the standout tracks.

The lilting country air of 'Baby Lie Down With Me' is
delightful. Voice and fiddle work together like a dream.
The abrupt and inconclusive ending leaves a question mark
hanging enigmatically in the air.

Title track 'Yakiimo' is as haunting as anything written by
the inestimable Mr Hegarty. A half-seen ghost of a song.

'A Girl You Never Met' is a heart-wrending depiction
of love and loss and pain. Raw, honest and brave.

'Let The Cold Wind Blow' is a plaintive blues song
performed with breathy, idiosyncratic conviction.

The little composition 'Psalms' brings this very
special album to a whimsically perfect close.

There is nothing not to love here.
A small new world consumately conceived
and ravishing in its stark simplicity.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jess on 3 Feb 2013
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Beautiful music, every time I listen to it, it gives me peace of mind. Perfect for a chilled out weekend afternoon or friday night in.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Cross on 4 Oct 2009
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I couldn't wait for this next album after her first I am the man. This time she has more mellow tones but still music from her life. Much like Suzanne Vega with a more ducet voice. Baby lie down with me just flows so wonderfully and a girl you never met is darkly sad. She just keeps getting better, I'll love it!
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Simone White's Sublimely Dark Existential Gaze 12 Dec 2009
By Gavin B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I noticed that Simone White's latest album "Yakiimo" had yet to be reviewed on Amazon.com, so I'll get the ball rolling because she deserves to be heard by a wider audience.

Simone's musical oeuvre is minimalist post modern folk music. She didn't learn to play guitar until age 22 but her simple finger picking patterns underscore the power of her songwriting and she uses few, if any backup musicans on her recordings. Her music is ironic, tender, mysterious, erotic and often disturbing. She sings elegantly crafted folk ballads that are unadulterated interior musings of an observer. Simone is a voyeur who observes with a keen eye. But she is also an sly exhibitionist unafraid of sharing her intimate observations with an audience of strangers. Those contradictions between the self and the other are what makes Simone White an intriguing musician and artist.

On songs like "Bunny in a Bunny Suit" and "A Girl You Never Met" her emotional honesty can be a bit disconcerting. Simone's lyrics are provocative by design. Her expressive voice and the sparse arrangements of her songs make it easier for her music to get unsettlingly close to you. There is an awkward sadness that is often at odds with a shimmering sense of self discovery in her music. Simone's highly stylized YouTube videos reveal a photogenic and imaginative performance artist with a quietly powerful aristic vision.

I've heard Simone compared to everyone from Lisa Germano to Astrud Gilberto to Mo Tucker to Cat Power to PJ Harvey. Her covers of songs by Victoria Williams and Elizabeth Cotton songs her musical influences to be even more diverse and unorthodox. Caveat Emptor: The cover songs are only available on the MP3 download of "Yakiimo" ($8.99) which has 15 songs and are absent on the compact disc which has only 12 songs and has a steep price tag of $24.98. Apparently Simone is marketing "Yakiimo" to the digital generation.

By her own account Simone was born in Hawaii to a family of artists and spent her early years "playing in the dirt and moving from town to town." Her parents were hippies (rumored to be cultists) who lived a bedouin lifestyle. Drawn to the arts, Simone acted in plays and films, work as a photographer and wrote. Needing an instrument for the songs she wrote a cappella, Simone taught herself to play guitar. But other interests prevailed and it wasn't until she moved to New York from London in 2000 that she was ready to get on stage and play. She played at NYC clubs and bars. A chance meeting in 2004 took her to Nashville to record with Mark Nevers (Calexico, Will Oldham, Lambchop).

Simone White is a distinctive musical stylist and won't be everyone's cup of tea but if you like musical eccentrics like Cat Power or Lisa Germano you'll probably like Simone. It takes a few listenings to appreciate the complex psychosocial themes Simone White explores with her music. I've been under the spell of Simone's sublimely dark existential gaze every since I downloaded "Yakiimo" a few weeks back. "Yakiimo" is one of notable albums of 2009.

NOTABLE SONGS: Bunny in A Bunny Suit; Baby Lay Down With Me; Without A Sound; and Yakiimo.
Excellent Newcomer 1 Mar 2011
By Ms. T. M. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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Simone White mashes it up with amazing vocals and poetic lyrics. She is sure to be one of the next big stars in the genre.
Yakiimo/Schmakiimo 29 Dec 2009
By Richard Marek - Published on Amazon.com
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My opinion is somewhat biased as I have been hooked on Simone's voice since she first popped up on my Jude Johnstone Pandora station. There is a chance she may effect you as she does me however. From the first time I heard " Worm Was Wood" I was hooked and now need a daily fix of her music. Yakiimo offers fresh material for my addiction. I don't like everything she does, but the songs that connect with me, touch me to a depth like no other artist. There is something other-worldly about her voice. The musicians on the new CD are superb and it is an interesting mix. I pray she does a cover of Skeeter Davis' "End of the World" someday, it would kill.
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