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You Were Here
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Sarah Harmer, the former lead singer of the Canadian band Weeping Tile, steps out with a U.S. solo debut that seems at first a timid guest and then quickly turns into a valued presence. In incorporating roots, pop, and folk sensibilities, Harmer performs what might be called "homemade" music, writing intensely personal lyrics about relationship anticipation and angst, setting them afloat on simple guitars, drum loops, and cello and clarinet solos. "Why do they call it the past / When nothing's past?" she sings in a whispered soprano on the opening cut, "Around This Corner." But it's hardly downer music. Mostly, Harmer peddles poetic ruminations about emotional journeys, cast in pleasing metaphors--an elegant moonlight ride ("Lodestar"), a basement apartment ("below street level, barely alive"), and unspoken infidelity ("there's a coffee stain around your eye"). From stories of menacing shadows to boundless faith, you won't mistake it for background music. --Alanna Nash
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Top Customer Reviews
If anyone out there enjoyed Pater Malick's collaborative album "Chance & Circumstance" this work has a similar variety of songs and styles from the stand-out hit "Basement Apartment" to the initially quirky but ultimately superb "Lodestar" - a song that must be listened to the whole way through.
I'm a picky soul and there aren't too many albums that have made it 'uncut' onto my iPod, this is one.
Sarah Harmer is just such one musician. She is absolutely incredible. Her CD contains wonderful insights, beautiful melodies, and magical vocals with her distinctive and unique voice. The CD kicks off with "Around This Corner," with its quirky yet perfect clarinet solo, and it just gets better from there. I cannot imagine being able to choose one song and claim it as my favorite, because the entire CD is just too good!
It's a great CD to sing along to, whether you are driving or lounging around at home. I have introduced Sarah to my younger sister and am proud to say that she, in turn, has introduced her to several schoolmates. This is definitely one artist who shouldn't remain lost in the shuffle.
Sarah Harmer's been on LETTERMAN, but there has yet to be any huge success surrounding her yet, which is a damn shame.
This album of songs surrounding romantic breakups cleverly engages several different style, from the pop-rock delight of "Weakened State" to the traditional, folky charms of "The Wedding Song." It's wall-to-wall awesome.
Not to use too much hyperbole, but I love, love, love this CD.
There are also really some great tracks on this CD. "The Hideout" has some great lyrics and the music to match. "Around the Corner" is a playful track accented by Clarinet licks which fit very well (not that I'm biased or anything because I play clarinet...) and some more good lyrics. "Basement Apartment" is just good... my favorite is Lodestar -- it builds up perfectly to a great climax at the end, and the muted trumpet works great. All the rest of the tracks are just as good, and I'd have to say the most uniqe one is the title track, "You Were Here." Very cool. I love the whole album, and would definately reccomend it if you like Rock or Folk, or Folk Rock, and Jazz. And if you're interested in the audio quality of the CD, it is an excellent recording, high fidelity and well mixed.
Most recent customer reviews
Sarah Harmer is more down-to-earth, and some would say, less self-centered, than fellow Cannuck femme singer Sarah McLaughlin. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2005 by B. Keith
This is simply one of the best albums I've heard in a long, long time. Sarah Harmer is a hidden treasure. Read morePublished on May 11 2004
This album has all the hallmarks of a great musician. The tracks are diverse and each one is complex, but mostly in subtle ways. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by Peter J. Adams
I've had this album since it came out and I'm shocked no-one has reviewed it. This women is a wonderful songwriter and she's blessed with a beautiful voice. Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Brian Russell
Listen closely and you'll notice that she slips off key several times during the second half of "Lodestar," betraying a weakness in her voice and ear. Read morePublished on March 10 2004
This album is absolutely amazing...she has a unique voice which is beautiful and has a personality of its own... Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by Leigh
This album is loaded with beautiful songs. It's a sort of rootsy sound with fabulous vocals and simple arrangements with subtle accents that add so much to the music. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2003 by SG
As I was turned away at the door from a sold-out Sarah Harmer show in DC a few months ago, I overheard a fellow outside the club saying to his companions, "How could this show... Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by cplewis
The lyrics are intelligent, the music is easy to listen to, and Sarah's voice is divine. This is easily the best CD I've bought in the past five years. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2003 by Dee Andrews
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