Album Review: Despite the Crushing Weight of Gravity by Raina Rose

Album Name: Despite the Crushing Weight of Gravity
Artist: Raina Rose
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Raina Rose was previously in a folk duo/four-piece called The Gypsy Moths with her old camp friend, Meredith Cushing. This is Raina’s debut solo CD.

She has a nice lilting, almost country sounding voice. It is soothing and sweet.

The first track, “Texas” has a little bit of a country feel what with the twangy guitar, but it’s so nice and peaceful that I enjoy it (as someone who does not particularly fond of country music).

The rest of the CD is more funky-folk than the first track. “Bicycle” even throws in some horns and drums and is approaching Ani Territory.

“Evergreen House, 2nd Floor” is a fun rhythmic guitar instrumental.

Those of you who like that brand of (or whatever you like to call it that is really more like pop than country) I think will enjoy Raina. But she’s really more folk-pop and fans of that genre will be impressed.

Stand out songs: Canary, Bicycle, Nameless Ship (Tappy Tappy)

Posted on November 9, 2005

Track Listing
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1. Texas
2. Canary
3. See You Singing
4. Peace is a Tree
5. Back Alley Butcher
6. Mt. Hood Moth Infestation
7. Nameless Ship (Tappy Tappy)
8. Evergreen House, 2nd Floor
9. Stupid Song
10. Bicycle
11. Tall White Lilies
12. Fine Fine Fine
13. Somnambulist

[Raina Rose Official Site]


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