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A very good album,
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I think this is a very good album. I'm new to Amy Speace's work but I took a bit of a risk on this because the great Mary Gauthier admires her and performs on the opening track. I am very glad I did because Amy Speace is a fine songwriter and a very good performer.
There is a lot of good folk/Americana around at the moment and I think much of this album is among the very best of it. Speace writes thoughtful and intelligent songs and can produce a truly beautiful tune at times. For example, The Fortunate Ones is an ear-catching opener, very singable but with real substance, and the title track is simply beautiful: a lovely tune, very well sung and perfectly produced. Its chord structure, tune and vocal all remind me a little of Thea Gilmore, which is very high praise indeed. There is a good variety of moods, too: for example, Hunter Moon is a sinister song of murder and guilt with a darkly sexy beat, and the excellent Left Me Hanging is a beautifully restrained, melancholy song about the end of a relationship.
Speace's lyrics are intelligent and thoughtful. I really like this, for example:
"Lovers leave each other every day
Some do it clean, others betray.
Endings reveal us so they say -
You left me hanging."
and there is plenty more of that quality.
It's not a flawless album. I didn't get on too well with the allegorical whimsy of The Sea And The Shore, for example, and Feathers And Wishbones was a little weak by comparison with the rest, but then even some of the greatest albums ever made have their less-than-great songs. Overall, I think this is a really good piece of work - it's a hugely enjoyable listen and I think it has real, lasting quality. Very warmly recommended.