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One of the truly great albums,
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This review is from: Miss America (Audio CD)
This album is simply an amazing tour de force. It's a wild, crazy and very strange piece and the work of a genius.
I understand it has been included in many "top 100 albums of all time" lists. Well, from the list of albums I have heard, I would suggest that it is better than top 100, more like top 10!
For me, there are three qualities about this album which make it a masterpiece. Firstly, each song is a gem, an original and so different from the next. Secondly, MMO has a fabulous voice which she uses to great effect - she does what could be called vocal contortions on some tracks and, on others, caresses the song with her tenderness. Thirdly, the backing musicians are fantastic and compliment the voice. You hear each individual instrument very clearly and because there aren't too many different instruments on each track, less is definitely more.
Best tracks? They all have a place on the album but "Anew Day", "Body In Trouble" and "Help Me Lift You Up" are beautiful - truly wonderful. However, I like her playfulness on "Year In Song" and "Not Be Alright". I like her gentleness on "Keeping You In Mind" where she sings almost operatically (and I love the violin solo - which could be a nod to Stephane Grappelli in its style). However, I should now list the other tracks, just out of deference to their staggering beauty.
So, if you can track this album down, it will probably cost you more than the usual price for a full-priced album. Pay up gladly, because this is just one wierd and wonderful album, a glorious 45 minutes of music. This will then become one of the top 100 or even top 10 albums in YOUR list of the best albums ever.
MMO is one extra special talent - and now I need to ask where the follow up is? Ah, having read an interview in the Guardian, and finding out a little about her, it may be that there will never be a second album. This is a very big pity; but some of us will go on hoping that MMO has a change of heart and does record again because, on the basis of Miss America, she is a superstar, a genius, a cult