Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
Erin O’Hara’s CD arrived in my hot little hands on St. Patrick’s Day! How fitting. I was expecting an Irish sounding folk artist. Boy was I wrong. But I could tell by the photo on the CD cover that I would like this.
Erin’s music is hard to describe. At times she reminds me of Veda Hille with her strong voice that is dissonant at times with the music, but in a very delightful way. And Erin’s music is a bit more accessible than Hille’s.
She plays drums and percussion and writes all the songs (sometimes with a co-writer).
She starts the album with the strong words on “I’m Here”:
i am here.
to take back what you stole, my birthright, my very soul
i am here.
And the rest of the CD follows this path nicely. It is filled with clever lyrics and interesting melodies. I especially like “Anatomy” which has a great beat and bass line with a jazzy sort of feel.
This CD can be eerie, tribal, pretty and peppy but never boring. Pick this one up if you’re ready for something different.
Posted on March 20, 2002
Listen to track samples
1. I Am Here
4. Living Room
7. Glenora’s Daughter
8. Count on Me
9. To the Core
10. Ready for the Heavy