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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Talent., 20 Nov 2007
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William J. Walker "Billyjay" (England) - See all my reviews
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I discovered this album quite by chance and what a stunning find it has turned out to be. I hesitate at the use the phrase 'album of the year' but I think it is the strongest and most original album by a female artist in 2007.

The music on this album is certainly very different to the standard singer-songwriter fare. The pieces are quite long(eight songs on a fifty minute album, the shortest is five minutes long)and intricate musically and lyrically. The songs are very rich in imagery and gorgeously melodic.
Despite their length the songs never drag, holding the attention throughout and allowing you to drift off into the places conjured by her words.

The guitar playing has an easy fluidity that brings to mind Nick Drake. However the artist she reminds me of the most is Joanna Newsom and the comparisons are unavoidable(no harp though)but where as "Ys" has a certain fantastical air to it this album is rooted in nature and has a rather earthy solidity. The music centers on the rhythm of the guitar and her beautiful voice and is supported by a variety of acoustic instruments.

This is a fantastic album by a major new artist. Get it NOW!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Melody and Voice, 10 Mar 2011
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Listening to Faces in the Rocks by the beautiful Mariee Sioux (real name Marie Sobonya), is like growing eagle wings and flying high above misty mountains and vast forests in a time before man conquered the wilderness. Her voice and her finger picking guitar style reminds one of the female folk artists of the 60s, like Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte Marie, but I consider Mariee Sioux a far better singer than both of these icons. Her songs are deeply spiritual and hauntingly beautiful, carried by a remarkable and clean voice which soars and dives through the weaving melodies. One cannot help falling in love with Mariee Sioux on Faces in the Rocks. Her voice and her melodies go straight to the heart.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtakingly beautiful, 13 Nov 2008
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I think I own between some 1500 and 2000 cd's at home.
So far I never send a review for a cd.
But for this cd I must admit that this is breathtakingly beautiful. This girl is really so talented !!!!
And these songs really overwhelm you.
So I hope this girl really gets the recognition she certainly deserves.
My absolute favourite is number 7 "Bundles"
So I only have 1 advice : buy this cd !!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compellingly beautiful haunting melodies..., 10 May 2013
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Definitely worth downloading, as hard copies of this album are so scarce!

High-quality audio - the music itself isn't overproduced, but I feel this makes in sound more genuine. Recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 7 Mar 2011
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Sidney Carton (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I first heard of Mariee Sioux on the Graham Nash tribute. Her collaboration with Greg Weeks is by far the best thing about that album.

This album is beautiful. I've just spent 20 minutes running through all the Amazon recommended 'customers also purchased' list to see if there's any other female folks artists nearly as good right now, and sadly there is not. This album will have to suffice for a while.

Enjoy.
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