Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
I love this record. Everything about it (except the length). But it’s one of those ones that is hard to put my love into words. I just adore it and it’s hard to tell you why.
She does that vocal distortion thing where it sounds like the voice is right up front, mixed closer than the rest. Giving it a little tinny quality, but in a good way. This is especially prominent on Under the Water
I think my favorite song is Mary Go Round. My iPod seems to agree as it plays this one a LOT. I love how it starts out really sparse but then when she gets really worked up her words mangle slightly. It’s so emotional. You are right there with her. I get a little unsettled that she uses the N word, but I guess that’s part of what she is trying to do to us with the song. It’s very effective.
This is such a cool record. It’s got great melodies, great instrumentation and really fantastic songwriting. It’s a little eerie and in the PJ Harvey vein. This is a fantastic album, I just wish it were longer.
Posted on November 15, 2007
Listen to track samples while you read
2 Charlie’s Guns
3 Mary Go Round
4 That Old Road
5 Under the Water