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Set to become a classic (I hope)
on 11 September 2005
I have only owned this album for less than 48 hours but already it's become a favourite. I had only heard 1 song by Laura Veirs and bought this on the strength of it. Now i'm going to buy her other albums as soon as I finish writing this.
From the opening track "Fire Snakes" you know you're in for a treat. This really sets up the scene for the whole album. The simple acoustic guitar is later joined by strings sections, accordion and moog flourishes and all are performed with real flair. None of the songs seem overcrowded despite being quite complicated in parts. In fact the songs sound deceptively simple.
The only way to desribe the music is a cross between Nick Drake and KT Tunstall, but that would be incredibly misleading and wouldn't do her justice.
She has a relaxed and freeflowing style completely all of her own. Sometimes verging on the melancholy, sometimes on the quirky, sometimes on the inspirational but always simple, fresh and straight forward songwriting. She always sounds like she is singing from her heart.
Black Gold Blues, however stands out as a totally different affair and verges on being all out rock, although the strings section and layered vocals still give the song the Laura Veirs seal of approval.
A personal favourite is Galaxies, and sounds to me as a prime candidate for being released as a single. If i'd done my research I might have been able to tell you, but where's the fun in that? Off you pop to Google.
Another good song (well they all are) is Magnetized. Her voice, an acoustic guitar, piano, accordion and a theremin, give it a quirky but ethereal sound.
It's an album that can easily deserve your undivided attention, yet has simple melodies that can be enjoyed in the background too.
Buy this album, we need more music like this.