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4.4 out of 5 stars
Little Hells
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on 15 January 2013
There are a lot of very good female singer/songwriters about in America these days in this genre( whatever it's called these days Dream- Folk perhaps) and Marissa Nadler is one of them. This is a mostly guitar and keyboards album with interesting and melodic songs. It was available for 5 pounds when I bought it, and is certainly worth getting at that price but not as an expensive import in my view.
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on 28 December 2013
This album is a grower with some interesting textures which provide needed relief from 'bland pop'. The quality of the songwriting is also a cut above.
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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 March 2010
Marissa Nadler doesn't write the most cheerful songs
but there is a quality in her distinctive brand of
misery which becomes curiously addictive once it
begins to get under your skin.

Her voice has a breathy, haunted quality which suits
her dark musical divinations perfectly well.

Even when things get a little more lively (as on the
almost perky 'Mary Come Alive' for example) the use
of cavernous reverb inbues the music with a strangely
subterranean ambience.

Title track 'Little Hells' pairs gently strummed guitar with
the almost ominous tone of a church-like organ. Her ethereal
vocal performance is as delicate as it is disquieting.

'Ghosts and Lovers', too, creates a chilly draft to stir
the curtains on a dark and rainy November evening.
Mice scuttling behind the wainscot; the last dying embers
of a fire struggling for life in the hearth.
Bad dreams and lonely places.

'Loner' is an almost unbearably bleak composition, punctuated
by otherworldly glissandi and the disembodied voice sounding like
it might be coming from the other side of an antique mirror.

The pedal steel guitar works hard to bring a little warmth to the
country lilt of final track 'Mistress' but Ms Nadler will not
allow us a moment's respite from her starkly melancholic vision.

For single-minded dedication to her maudlin muse she deserves
our respect and admiration. 'Little Hells' is, however, not an
album to listen to alone after a bad day at work!

Cautiously Recommended.
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on 24 April 2009
I was luckily to overhear "Ghosts and Lovers" on the radio late one night, and I was immediately captivated by the beautiful and haunting harmonies. The title song, whilst still retaining the haunting, ghostly tones that Marissa seems to excel at, has an almost upbeat nature to it, belaying the bleakness inherent. Other songs have a contemplative, almost mournful feel about them - but there's not a single bad track on this album. Well worth buying.

Incidentally, this is the first time I've used Amazon's MP3 purchase service - it was painless, fast, and the tracks are high quality and DRM-free. An excellent service overall, but dangerous with one-click enabled!
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on 10 April 2009
Just when I think my bankcard is safe from nearing the limit, along comes another supremely intoxicating sweet spirit (not forgetting you, Tori)THIS GIRL understands- The sweet haunting voice and vocals: she knows
If you, Marrisa happen to read this and (who knows?-she might...)
You are on the right path, I am so glad I found you-I was looking at your CD the other day -wondering-but you were not at a listening station
This is what I hoped Alela Diane would be-but no
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