Album Review: The Saga of Mayflower May by Marissa Nadler

Album Name: The Saga of Mayflower May
Artist: Marissa Nadler
Year/Label: 2005 / Eclipse Records

[Buy at Eclipse Records ]
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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Marissa Nadler’s follow-up to her brilliant debut is wonderful. The stripped-down folk sound and her soft voice makes it work.

“The Little Famous Song” has the air of a recently uncovered standard, but Nadler wrote it herself.

“Mr John Lee (Velveteen Rose)” sees her singing of a faithless and murderous man in an old folk style. The melody is stunning.

“Yellow Lights” is haunting and sees Nadler’s sigh of a vocal being very affecting.

“Old Love Haunts me in the Morning” with its use of piano and disturbing lyrics is lovely.

It’s another stupendous record from the gifted Nadler.

Posted on October 7, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Under an Old Umbrella
2. The Little Famous Song
3. Mr. John Lee (the velveteen rose)
4. Damsels in the Dark
5. Lily, Henry, and the Willow Trees
6. Yellow Lights
7. Old Love Haunts Me in the Morning
8. My Little Lark
9. In the time of the lorry low
10. Calico
11. Horses and Their Kin

[Marissa Nadler Official Site]

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