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Troubled By The Fire [Import]

Laura Veirs Audio CD
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1. Lost At Seaflower Cove
2. Bedroom Eyes
3. The Ballad Of John Vogelin
4. Song My Friends Taught Me
5. Cannon Fodder
6. Tom Skookum Road
7. Tiger Tattoos
8. A Shining Lamp
9. Ohio Clouds
10. Devil's Hootenanny
11. Midnight Singer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific album April 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album has so much going for it. Ms. Veirs is a charming and talented songwriter. Her range on this album goes from folk to country to pop/rock with some instrumentals thrown in to vary the mood appropriately. Guest musicians include: Danny Barnes, Amy Denio, Bill Frissell, and Eyvind Kang. It's difficult for me to pick any favorites from the album as it is so solid that I highly recommend listening to the whole thing several times through. "Bedroom Eyes" stands out for it's gorgeous lyric. "Cannon Fodder", the oddity on the album, is a catchy pop/rock tune about the stupidity of violence. "Tom Skookum Road" is a solid instrumental. "Tiger Tattoos" is a nearly perfect in lyric and music. "Devil's Hootenanny" is one incredible folk song performed here with gusto! If you like albums by singer/songwriters, then Laura Veirs has put out one of the best of the year so far. With setting the bar this high, it will be very tough for anyone to top this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early contender for best album of 2003 April 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
Laura works with traditional forms from the americana/folk/alt. country tradition, but gently pushes boundaries into other territories. Yet it always comes across as completely natural.
At the center is Laura's voice, unaffected and disarming, often soothing and graceful, but occasionally hinting at an aggressive streak (a sign of Laura's roots in punk rock?). Gentle country ballads, intricate acoustic guitar playing, great lyrical imagery...there's a lot to fall in love with here.
Meanwhile Tucker Martine's production could be placed somewhere between Jim O'Rourke's subtle experimentation on Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and the atmospheric vibe of Daniel Lanois. Throw in guest appearances from guitar hero Bill Frisell, banjo god Danny Barnes and violinist Eyvind Kang and you're left with an amazing album, sure to be one of the year's best.
-kevin erickson
music director, kwcw fm
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure from Seattle March 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
What a gorgeous, gorgeous album. The story goes, read Uncut for more accurate details, that Laura was a geologist before she ever considered music a calling, and lonely doing fieldwork in some Chinese plains, she picked a guitar. Well, that was a few years ago by now, and this CD is her third one, with Carbon Glacier -her latest- being available only as an import. Rather than comparing her to other singers or groups that may orbit similar suns, I would say that fans of Folk, Americana, and even Alt Country will find her a true gem. Laura Veirs is a distinct voice. In the literal sense, she already possesses a tone and phrasing that have found their home. In terms of her compositions, a mature observer is already dwelling on this talented young woman. As far as I'm concerned she's the next generation of goddesses, preceded by Gilliam Welch, and Emylou Harris and Joni Mitchell before them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing talent June 18 2004
By Oddos
Format:Audio CD
Laura Veirs is certainly among today's finest American songwriters with Lucinda Williams. Every single song on this album is a pure diamond. This third record published in 2003 is, like Carbon Glacier (2004), a definite masterpiece. Laura Veirs is an amazing artist, a gifted poet, a compelling composer and an extraordinary interpret/guitarist. What is so touching in 'Troubled by the Fire' is that Laura sounds real. All her songs reflect genuine experiences and human feelings which cannot leave anybody indifferent. This album is undoubtedly a work of genius but one of Laura's talents (and not the least) is to make combinations of complex harmonies, sophisticated lyrics and rythms sound as simple and obvious as real life... Thank you Laura, you really are an amazing person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new voice; unique and shining talent. June 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Can't stop playing this amazing lady, have plastered my blog with her web and concert details, and am being a thorough bore urging her on others.
Not to detract from the unique timbre of her voice, but who does she remind me of? Kate Rusby? Licorice? Kim Carnes? Jolie Holland?
As if Veirs' hypnotic voice and seriously good songs weren't enough, she also moves in heavy-weight company: Bainbridge neighbour Bill Frisell appears on no less than 3 tracks, working his discreet magic as one of today's great guitarist accompanists, and banjo maestro Danny Barnes adds his distinctive querulous vocals to 'Ballad of John Vogelia' and equally unmistakeable banjo plunking on 'Devil's Hootenanny'.
Give the gal a listen; you'll be right chuffed you did.
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