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Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers (2007) Retail CD
Alternative Singer/ Songwriter
Laura Veirs is one of those female solo artists that by every right should be in proper Indie band. Yes she has flirted with The Decemeberists but there is something underneath her melodies that calls to be performed and constructed by a band. When I say band I mean a band like The Concretes or The Cranberries who have female singers but go under a band name. In saying that if she were not a solo artist (by nature) she might not have those wonderful melodies and enchanting production values.
Laura Veirs magic is in her vocal performance, a lilt a bend in her voice that is so child like it onlymore… adds to the music, the stories, the articulation. Saltbreakers is the first Laura Veirs album that I have been truly excited about hearing. I'm a little late on the bandwagon but still being a year since I discovered her and hearing about the release my ears started to crave.
On a first listen one can't help be drawn in, more so than her other albums. This is a cross between Carbon Glaciers and Year Of The Meteors and more. The production values on both albums plagued the albums from being a true spectacle. If Carbon Glaciers was her Ok Computer and Year Of The Meteors was a step in the right direction to making an album that had no ones mark but hers. Saltbreakers is the album that has her signature style of songwriting and making records, one that is truly Laura Veirs.
Saltbreakers starts off with a track that could have easily come off Year Of The Meteors. Pink Light has the same production values as a lot of the tracks on that album. The rest of the album is like a floating star, if there were such a thing.
The first thing that is to be noticed is the two tracks to feature a choir. The title track Saltbreakers is sweet song. The band chanting at the chorus over Laura Veirs is something she hasn't done before. However it's the song To The Country that speaks the volumes with the children choir and ending with the instrumental interlude. The songs just add weight and a dimension that is most welcome.
The songs that first struck out at me are tracks 5 and 9. Wandering Kind and Cast A Hook are some of the most dynamic and melodic songs you'll hear all year and we have The Shins album already released but this just takes the break, the Saltbreak.
The rockiest track is the song right after Cast A Hook, Phantom Mountain. A dynamic, rocky if slightly noisy song that is probably the weakest song on the album but the chorus is killer. I'm sure some humming and singing along is needed, if not air guitar.
The rest of the songs are very sweet and very soft, Nightingale and Black Butterfly in particular but by no means are they small, they are rich, melodic and a delight.
The one thing about this album is it's the most pleasingly melodic album by Laura. Her voice has never sounded more enchanting. This is definitely my favourite album of this year so far, just when I thought it was The Shins or Candylion by Gruff Rhys. This might not be groundbreaking but it is Saltbreaking.
|2||Ocean Night Song|
|3||Don't Lose Yourself|
|8||To The Country|
|9||Cast A Hook|
- Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers (2007) Retail CD
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