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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wichita Recordings
  • ASIN: B005IOZ9FY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

Second album from Meg Baird, best known for her stunning songwriting, guitar work and vocal contributions to the US folk band Espers.
Follow up to her solo debut, the highly acclaimed `Dear Companion': "Gorgeous, understated melancholy" - The Observer; "perfect summer evening listening" - Rock Sound.
Includes covers of songs by British bands The House Of Love and Mark-Almond.
Her work has garnered the attention of folk heavyweights and contemporaries alike. She has opened for Bert Jansch and Michael Chapman, and contributed to recordings by Will Oldham (`Ask Forgiveness' 2007), Sharon Van Etten (`Epic' 2010) and Kurt Vile (`Smoke Ring For My Halo' 2011).
The LP is pressed on 180g vinyl and includes digital download code.
For fans of Espers, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, Sharon Van Etten.

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Meg Baird still rides the Espers time machine on this solo effort and transports the listener back again to 70s ethereal folk. A modern nuance, however, is the sweet pedal steel of Marc Orleans on track 'Share' [and opener 'Babylon'] which is otherwise bathed in gentle harmonies like folk legends Trees, and elsewhere Baird's confident acoustic is complemented by dobro and other electric guitars, like the excellent 'Stars Climb Up The Vine'.

'Even Rain' has echos of Joni Mitchell songwriting and voice, another one of the album's many welcome references/tributes to a folk past. Penultimate track 'Steam' is the most electric and slightly countrified, again benefiting from the Orleans pedal steel both as driving rhythm and then delicate additions. Closer 'Song For Next Summer' is awash with plucked acoustic guitar and Baird's whispery to bell-clear vocal variations.

The chorus 'Beatles and the Stones made it good to be alone' from the song titled after the first part of that rhyming line perhaps best sums up the ideal listening experience for this album: a quiet and meditative self-indulgence; a relaxation in the time-warp that is Meg Baird's 70s folk recreation.
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Meg Baird came to prominence as part of the American alt-folk band Espers with which she provided beautiful, rich vocals against an often edgy and at times weird-for-the-sake-of-being-weird set of compositions which hankered after the likes of Devendra Banhart, Vashti Bunyan and Bert Jansch. It's only mildly surprising then that Baird's more recent projects have shifted their attention to the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean with a very English and quite traditional folk sound; more Sandy Denny than Joni Mitchell that belied her American roots.

On this album Baird makes slight references to her roots in the United States through the use of pedal steel as a backing instrument on several of the tracks and through a few vocal and songwriting similarities to Jon Mitchell but overwhelmingly the impression is of a singer rooted in English folk. Baird's last album, a collaboration with Sharron Kraus and Helena Espval (the beautiful "Leaves From Off The Tree") explored the English folk canon through arrangements of traditional songs whereas on this album the majority of songs are originals, a notable exception being the somewhat obscure cover of the House of Love's "The Beatles and The Stones" - a not altogether successful venture.

The album is beautifully recorded with Baird's guitar and vocals right at the front of the mix. The mostly fingerpicked guitar is nicely played without ever being spectacular but the vocals seem to have a richness we haven't previously heard from Baird.
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By Mild Dill Hotpot TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2012
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A Wonderful, Life-affirming album. Superbly crafted songs from one of the key voices in 'ESPERS'(Of whom I would also urge you to seek out). The feel of the album is like a melding of 'GRAM PARSONS' and 'SANDY DENNY', high praise indeed and deservedly so. For fans of well written and well produced music who are looking for a little R&R!...ENJOY!
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This is probably my album of the year. Striking, clear, expressive vocals. Folk leaning but the tunes have their own character. The occasional pedal steel in the background is the icing on the cake.
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