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on 22 September 2014
Sublime gothy-folky gal manages to be a melange of fragile, brittle, sad, delicate, punchy, catchy, eerie...Frequently quivering with an indefinable nostalgia, never merely wispy, perhaps weighted with the wistful, hints of melancholy hanging in the air like mist or fog. Imagine a sad silvery sound, occasionally lingering, acoustic autumnal sounds without overbearing mournful dirges.

Perhaps the musical equivalent of a discarded remnant of a lace bodice or unfettered veil fluttering over the ground, only to be captured with repeated attempts, to reveal a tatter of shroud. Totally original to herself, Marissa Nadler would catch the ear of Poe & his kith and kin...bearing a touch of perhaps a youthful Marianne Faithfull if she took to the laudanum & rode bareback across america upon an ageless black pony...
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on 2 October 2014
Bias comes with every review, every complaint and every piece of praise. No more so than here. My disposition is however justified; alternative folk acoustic songwriter Marissa Nadler is simply an amazing musician and songwriter. The limitation of a five hundred-word review for DrunkenWerewolf can’t lavish her with enough praise. July, her latest of many fantastic albums, is her best to date. It offers a matured sound that’s more beautiful than ever. Nadler’s voice, while not perfect, is incredibly poignant. Far from an artist to fill a stadium, she’s the type to play a grotty dive located near a rail track. This is the music of an outsider for outsiders; the working class, the penniless, those who have messed up. Nadler’s audience must also be able to consider what’s wonderful outside of luxury. That’s the power of great music.

The acoustic songwriter scene doesn’t pay Nadler enough attention, and it comes as a shock that she isn’t massive. Is that bias enough? Multimillionaire pop stars such as Beyonce, Adele and Lady Gaga are all good in their own way; but if you’re looking for pure music, with the intent to touch the soul or tug at your heart strings, and maybe, just maybe, change your life... They haven’t a hope compared to this girl. Will the music of Katy Perry last and stand the test of time as Nina Simone, or alternatively PJ Harvey has done? That’s where musicians like Nadler stand apart. Her songs will continue to be relevant in the far away future. Your Mum will understand the things Nadler sings about, and your brother will understand the reason she plays the guitar the way she does. Your friends will understand why the string sections drop a semitone in places, as will your Dad, as will your lover, as will the street sweeper, as will the milkman, the Prime Minister and the President.

July is an album of ups and downs in emotion, intrigue and splendour. It’s sombre and melancholy as always. However what’s different about this particular album is that Marissa Nadler has stepped back from the more flash aspects of her musicianship, and concentrated on involving more instruments such as strings and percussion. This provides a peaceful ambiance. Her lyrics and construction of the music become even more focused because of it. July will most likely live forever as an obscure hit - especially with the brilliant Randel Dunn, Sun O)))’s producer behind her. If you don’t ‘get it’, you simply aren’t smart enough.

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on 21 April 2014
Boston based, Marissa Nadler is an American Indi/Folk singer/songwriter, who with "July" presents her sixth full length recording.

Marissa's hypnotic like falsetto vocals showcases an album of earily beautiful textures, luring the listener into an album of personal painful emotions. With her ghostly backing vocals, superb musicianship and gorgious production, you can't help but fall for this record.
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on 1 June 2014
Sensational album. Best thing I've heard this year. I'm now off to check out the back catalog!!
I strongly recommend this fine disc.
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on 5 October 2014
Liked this CD. I would describe her work as folk/indie ballads.
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on 23 April 2014
I got this vinyl (Bella Union) with the CD in it. The sound from this vinyl LP is outstanding - totally full-bodied and totally analog. Enjoy every second of playing this vinyl LP!
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on 4 September 2014
Sensational C.D. this is a must for your collection.
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on 26 April 2014
I read a review somewhere about this album. Someone (a classical composer, I seem to remember) also wrote another review so I decided to buy it. It's taught me one serious thing: never buy albums on the strength of a review. The production values on July are good - and probably THE thing - but, like so many current albums I hear, the actual musical content is very limited indeed. We're living in an age were re-making/re-modelling is the general currency. There's one band who do this exceptionally well: Blood Ceremony. July, however, is just passable; the acoustic guitar playing, adequate (not great as the review I read implied). It seems to me that if it wasn't for technology (i.e. ProTools and related computer recording software) many albums simply wouldn't exist. If only critics (and the reviews written on the front of the album laud it as exceptional) had some kind of musical education we'd be in a better position to pre-assess today's music. Maybe I'm expecting too much?
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on 5 June 2014
Really like this CD but was disappointed there weren't many songs on it. She is a lovely artist but next time I would check that is a few more songs on the CD somehow
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on 4 February 2015
Really disappointing. Over produced , monotonous and over hyped. Off to the charity shop.So many much better female artists in this genre. try Georgia Ruth, Gemma Rae or Mary Gauthier.
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