Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
This is Laurie York’s second CD. Her first, “Messy” is a collection of poems and instrumental piano pieces (see link on the right for a review of that one).
This recording is a departure for Laurie. She wrote and recorded this one while living in a small town in Korea. She didn’t have a piano at her disposal so she played guitar instead. Also this CD is consists a few poems, but it mostly full songs. I have to say that I greatly admire anyone who can pick up and move to Korea for a year and also one who can just pick up another instrument when her first choice in not available. This woman is amazing.
That said, so is this CD. I can’t escape the Ani DiFranco vibe I get from this (a good thing indeed). She writes passionate folk songs and has a voice that is perfect for this genre….and she can play guitar…quite well!
Laurie continues her material with her fabulous way with words. She beings this CD with this:
I always sound just like a Texan, no matter how I try to wash that white trash off of me.
(“Just Like a Texan”)
You gotta love that (by the way, she doesn’t sound white trash at all to me).
She explores what it is like to live in a place where she is a foreigner, something many Americans never experience. She also explores relationships with insight:
I would rather go hungry than eat anymore of the lies you been feeding me.
And I wouldn’t mind the voice of my guitar.
It’s better than your voice ringing in my ears.
Or worse, someone new whose voice is a near but not quite match.
(“Nothing at All”)
If you like honest well-written lyrics and soothing guitar (she does manage to sneak some piano in here, not sure how) this is a CD for you.
January 19, 2003
1. Just Like a Texan
2. Just How
4. Nothing At All
5. At First
7. Leslie Fay
11. Comic Book Affair
12. St. Rainy
13. 2 Minutes
14. Hello, Lazarus
Monday, October 16, 2006 I got this mucho mysterioso email just today. It was signed by “Just someone who knows”. ~Amy
“Laurie York moved to Korea to teach English 2 years ago and is now travelling the world. As far as I’ve heard she is not producing records any longer.”