Album Review: Lys Guillorn by Lys Guillorn

Album Name: Lys Guillorn
Artist: Lys Guillorn
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Lys Guillorn makes music that sounds intriguingly old-time while still having a new slant to it. It’s rooted in folk and has echoes of country and rock.

“Legendary Cowboys” is as country as you’d expect from the title. Lys Guillorn’s voice is beautifully expressive and her guitar speaks volumes.

“Counterproductive” is an old-time blues number with Lightnin’ Hopkins voice sampled to give it that extra edge. Guillorn’s voice is not bluesy but dreamy, but her guitar is in tune with the tradition.

“Little Wren” features Dean Wareham from Luna. It slides forward like a dark lullaby with bell-like vocals.

“Throne” is a touching song. Its stately beauty belies the sad words.

The cover of Johnny Thunders aching “You Can’t Put Your Arms Round a Memory” works fine.

On the whole this debut is a strong calling card and should appeal to people who like the Cowboy Junkies and other good bands of that ilk.

Posted on June 25, 2003

Track Listing
1. Steel Pier
2, Legendary Cowboys
3. Counterproductive
4. Who’s Losing You?
5. Little Wren
6. Throne
7. In Sleep
8. Impossible
9. Weightless
10. You Can’t Put Your Arms Round a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover)
11. Old Serpent Blues (Fragment)

[Lys Guillorn Official Site]


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