Album Review: More Stories for Dana by Meaghan McLaughlin

Album Name: More Stories for Dana
Artist: Meaghan McLaughlin
2003 / Press Records

[Buy at Meaghan McLaughlin Official Site]

Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

For some reason I thought this CD would be just your basic guitar folky pop but it’s so much more. It’s lush and full with lots of production and varied instruments. I would classify it as rock above anything else. Maybe with a touch of punk. At times her voice reminds me of Souixie Sioux. She’s also been compared vocally to Gwen Stefani.

What a refreshing change of pace. The first several tracks are very much rocking out, loud, dark tunes. Later on, the CD takes a more subdued flavor and LcLaughlin’s softer side shows. She’s been quoted as saying she doesn’t even like folk music, so I hate to call it that and it’s really not. It’s acoustic rock.

What I like most about McLaughlin’s music is that it does places you don’t expect. It’s not pat, not trite, not predictable like so much music is these days. Her voice is spectacular and reaches places that will give you goose bumps. The music does the same. It’s almost eerie, haunting in its beauty. The songwriting is great, the guitar playing exceptional and…well…I’ve already told you about that voice.

Favorites:

Opener “Five Point Knot” because it just rocks out and is cool.

“Wrecking Ball” reminds me of long lost Jeff Buckley tunes…so dissonant and minor (chord) that it almost hurts but is beautiful at the same time.

“Love, Evil Me” is reminiscent of the 90s band, Tarnation with its almost country/hillbilly guitar line.

This is a fantastic CD that I’m sure I’ll be listening to for quite some time and loving it more with each spin.

Posted on March 25, 2004

Track Listing
1. Five Point Knot
2. Racked
3. Hummingbird
4. Bitter
5. Wrecking Ball
6. Love, Evil Me
7. This Drunk’s Lament
8. Cease Fire
9. I’m Leaking
10. Clouds Fade

[Meaghan McLaughlin Official Site]

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