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"Sad songs they say so much...",
By A Customer
This review is from: Been Here And Gone (Audio CD)
Okay, now that I've gotten your attention with the Sir Elton John lyric, let me say that this is a record of exquisite beauty and sadness. Like her contemporary Nick Cave, Thalia has always had a knack for making music that expresses true sadness, while still delivering redemption within the beauty of the song (and in this case, with the beauty of her voice). This collection of twelve cuts finds Zedek's voice in excellent form, putting somewhat of a silver lining on lyrics which cover a spectrum of feelings (longing, jealousy, pain...)on relationships that were shortened, soured or sabotaged.
The first song, "Excommunications(everybody knows)" sets the tone for the album with it's stunning first verse. "Everybody knows that you'll be leaving/leaving me behind/And everbody knows what's gonna happen/I'm gonna lose my mind." By the time you hear Thalia singing a Leonard Cohen song ("Dance Me to the End of Love") halfway into the album, you may have already felt a few pangs within your fragile little heart. But don't worry, redemption is just around the corner, with the "10th Lament" a beautiful instrumental that is the 10th track. With a cast of characters helping her out instrumentally on piano, viola, drums and 2nd guitar, they together paint a piece that reaches in the direction of Godspeed You Black Emperor, achieving an emotional rollercoaster without singing a word.
This record is a must have for fans of T.Zedek's rock band Come, and it's definitely a record for fans of the previously mentioned Nick Cave album "No More Shall We Part".