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Year of Meteors
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On Year Of Meteors, familiar surroundings come into sharper focus as the natural world now seems mysterious, magical, and new, and her lyrics are filled with references to the ocean, mountains, and sky; scientifically precise, yet disarmingly dreamlike. College radio-friendly arrangements that at times feel more like Neil Young than Nick Drake. Veirs incorporates elements of contemporary folk, Americana, alternative rock, and laptop style electronics into a mix that remains her own. Nonsuch. 2005.
Top Customer Reviews
On the record Veirs is backed by her full touring band "the tortured souls" and adds several other touches like strings (such as on the aggressive "black gold blues" and "parisian dream") and electronics (like the backing beats on the sweeping opener "fire snakes") This new fuller sound, however, never distracts from the focal point of the record: Laura's clear, dry vocal delivery and her simple, intelligent lyrics.
Other highlights include the shimmering "secret someones" and the simple guitar driven folk of "spelunking".
Check out this album, you won't be disappointed.
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This is my only Laura Veirs encounter, so I open the disc and listen to it first out of a huge stack of discs needing my attention. Two songs in I realize that this will need a few more spins to fully hear it. Halfway through I hear the influences I like, yet find it wholly original.
I wonder if Laura likes Liz Phair, Suzanne Vega, or solo Kimya Dawson.
It's a little folky, some parts trippy (Steve Moore on keys), indie rocking and totally accessible pop. Eyvind Kang makes a guest appearance on viola lending some beautiful sounds with his powerful lead. He gives Parisian Dream an other worldly sound that melds perfectly with Laura's poetry
Tucker Martine produces and provides the beat. His production is a sonically beautiful wall of sound with everyone right up front. I love the mix of electric and acoustic and keyboards on "Through the Glow", it somehow reminds me of Peter Gabriel's last outing with Genesis (believe it or not) on 'Lamb Lies Down' or later on on 'So'. The phrasing is delicious throughout.
This is a mighty talented group who seem to all be on the same plain. I wonder what they have up their collective sleeves and hope they'll come through to my town.
Though I could sit down and watch em play, I'd be right up front leaning on the stage watching them putting those notes together with Laura's gorgeous poetry.
5 stars and recommended listening to fans of beautiful music.
Steven (PVM) Asheville
The layered instruments and harmonic, electronic vibes lend Veirs her rich yet mellow qualities. A guitar often accompanies the fresh, fluid melodies that go remarkably well with her lyrics. The words themselves are descriptive and dreamy, easily conjuring calm images to mind. The songs overall have a unique strangeness that will be refreshing to Indie/Indiepop and singer/songwriter fans. I enjoyed it, and have been listening to several of the tracks over and over again. It's got something special!
Say hello to an amazing semi-new talent we'll be hearing from for a long time!
Cool water in surround sound, indeed. I'm with you, Laura...
It culminates as something like spoken poetry with thoroughly polished musical accompaniment. I compare it to poetry because although she understands meter and rhythm, her vocal range is nothing astonishing, which is why her collaborating band 'The Tortured Souls' effectively saves this album.
"Parisian Dream," "Lake Swimming" and "Secret Someones" are amongst the best tracks, although the entire album is quite catchy--sometimes even lyrically attractive: "Enter the sun, marching like a matador/ flashing her velvet yellow suit."
I also like the more personal lyrics of "Spelunking," which invite a lover to explore the curious, echoing depths of Veirs' heart with the charming metaphor of exploring dim caves with hanging bats and eyeless fish.
I never expected anything breathtaking from this album, just something refined, well-produced and with songs to which I can relax and gently bob my head. And that is precisely what I found.
Only one or two of the tracks are stale/boring, which makes it a pretty admirable achievement.
Ultimately, the album makes for an enjoyable listen, and although it's nothing immensely profound or moving, Veirs has still accomplished something praiseworthy and entertaining.
In other words: 8/10 Stars for Year of Meteors.