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Old March 24th, 2008, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Meg Baird - Dear Companion



Dear Companion
River Song
The Cruelty of Barbary Allen
Do What You Gotta Do
Riverhouse in Tinicum
The Waltze of the Tennis Players
Maiden in the Moor Lay
Sweet William and Fair Ellen
All I Ever Wanted
Willie O' Winsbury


Oh no! Not more American music! Sorry Europeans and Euro-fellators, more Americans stealing music. This time, literally. Most of this album of folk is of the British Indie Folk variety, and not only that, all but a couple songs are covers. Meg Baird is from the amazing psych-folk band Espers, which some of you may remember from a previous recommendation round (though it wasn't I that recommended it). I'm not very familiar with this sub-genre, so forgive me for not including any relevant comparisons, nor telling you how these covers compare to the originals. The whole of the material on this CD was new to me. Despite it largely being covers it flows very well and feels like a complete and unified album.

My last recommendation was of something I'm not a big fan of myself but thought others would like. That seems to have been proved a lackluster idea so here's the opposite: something I really enjoy but figure few others around here will. Let's see how this one goes.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not really digging this. I guess there are too much vocals and not enough emphasis on riffs.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 10:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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She has a beautiful wool sweater. I'm a big Espers supporter so I'm gonna check this eagerly.
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She has a beautiful wool sweater.
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I love Espers, so this one demands checking.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 04:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wow, this is quality stuff. I really like her fragile and tender sounding voice

Some more uploads wouldn't hurt
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Old March 25th, 2008, 09:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Shit, I'd totally forgotten about Espers
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Yeah so I like that a lot, even though not as much as I do Espers, but that's because I have a bias against albums mostly consisting of prominent female vocals as opposed to instrumentation-driven. But she does have a haunting voice and remarkable singing techniques. I would recommend Marissa Nadler along similar lines but a tad more creepy/sad.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 03:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm not really digging this. I guess there are too much vocals and not enough emphasis on riffs.
In the right environment I can see this being a pleasurable experience. The bint's pipes could set the mood for a nice relaxing Jin Shin Jitsu massage, followed by a subsequent happy ending.


Western Red Lily on the group's myspace page is quite nice. Makes me want to go re-watch Deadwood


http://www.myspace.com/pennsylvaniawildlife


Unfortunately, this is a little too placid for my tastes at the moment.
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