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You Were Here

Sarah Harmer Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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1. Around This Corner
2. Basement Apt.
3. The Hideout
4. Capsized
5. Lodestar
6. Weakened State
7. Don't Get Your Back Up
8. Open Window (The Wedding Song)
9. Uniform Grey
10. Coffee Stain
11. You Were Here
12. Everytime

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. April 12 2005
By Parity
Format:Audio CD
I recently picked up this album and loved it so much that I bought her newer album too. While there are some very good songs on "All of Our Names", for me, this is far and away the more complete work.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous June 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
How is it that, although we have such a long, open border with Canada, it seems like a precious few of their great women singer-songwriters make it across that border? It appears that we are lucky we ever even heard of Sarah McLachlan, considering so many incredibly talented musicians have slipped through the cracks.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of qualities, excellent CD. Dec 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
I don't know exactly how to classify Sarah Harmer's music... it's an interesting mix of Rock and Folk and Jazz to make a wonderful final product. There are only two tracks that I dislike -- "Uniform Gray" and "Everytime." And that's just because of some awkward lyrics, the music is on par with the rest of the 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top selling does not equal top talanted Sept. 17 2002
By John
Format:Audio CD
Growing up in American culture can be difficult. I am astounded at how many no talent "artist" get on the radio. One major gripe is M&M can have a top selling album and dare call it music or art or anything for that matter. Perhaps there is some hope north of the border. Sarah Harmer a Canadian singer released her solo album "You Were Here" in August of 2000. I actually found out about her on the internet and was blown away by a cover she did of Doris Day's Sentimental Journey. Her album "You Were Here" is absolutely amazing. The songs are well written and well delivered (yes she actually writes her on music).The song "lodestar" starts out very standard (so don't be fooled) and finishes absolutely fabulous. "Don't Get your Back Up" is another favorite with her vocals she will absolutely stun you. Buy this album and pray she does more. If we could only get her on the radio. Not here in America were stuck with Brittany and no she doesn't write her on music that would take talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars from Music Reviews Quarterly Jan. 20 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's all like a fresh breath of summer in the middle of February. Comfortable and easy and so good. You Were Here does sound like someplace you've been, if only when some particularly good song was playing on the radio the first time you drove away from the house of someone you just realized you had fallen in love with. Warm joy and the sense that it just can't get any better than this. Something like that happens when listening to Sarah Harmer the first time. Subsequent hearings of You Were Here does nothing to diminish that feeling, they just ingrain it. Here is a woman so incredibly at ease with what's she doing that she seems oblivious to anything but the world she is creating with her music. The voice is so natural and easy; no pretense, no desire to impress with range or precision, just naturally effective in all those areas which voices are judged by without any seeming effort. The songs seem just as effortless and comfortable. They fit only obliquely into a roots, folk/pop vein with enough genre-slipping variations to make no description totally accurate. One second Lucinda Williams comes to mind, the next second Kim Richey, the next no one at all. No one sounds like Sarah Harmer, and while the songs and styles keep teasing with some connections to something you know by heart, they all slip away like trying to net a fish in an aquarium. Once you give up trying to make the connections - at least momentarily - you can spend time listening to something intriguingly different where suddenly a clarinet or a gentle trumpet comes in just enough to take the direction a song seemed comfortably sailing toward into a brand new harbor. Such a song - and there are a good ten of them of the twelve that fit this description - is "Lodestar. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars a more earthy Sarah McLaughlin
Sarah Harmer is more down-to-earth, and some would say, less self-centered, than fellow Cannuck femme singer Sarah McLaughlin. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2005 by B. Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best
This is simply one of the best albums I've heard in a long, long time. Sarah Harmer is a hidden treasure. Read more
Published on May 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, well-written, all-around great
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 more
Published on March 24 2004 by Peter J. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe nobody has written about this album
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 more
Published on March 21 2004 by Brian Russell
2.0 out of 5 stars Off key
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 more
Published on March 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing!
This album is absolutely amazing...she has a unique voice which is beautiful and has a personality of its own... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003 by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this record! You won't be disappointed.
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 more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by SG
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Canadian folk.
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 more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by cplewis
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD lives in my car
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 more
Published on Aug. 9 2003 by Dee Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Yes, I agree this is one of my favorites, great music and lyrics all the way around. Can't wait for her next one.......
Published on Jan. 8 2003
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