Perhaps best described as singer-songwriter pop music, 'Year of Meteors' is more instrumentally layered and dynamic than Laura Veirs' previous release. Decorated with numerous instruments and electronic synth-beats, this album is dressed up just enough to enhance Veirs' often-demure vocal delivery.
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.