- Prizes and Awards: Juno Awards 2005: Adult Alternative Album of the Year
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All of Our Names
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Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer's 2000 debut, You Were Here, was justifiably lauded and it made her a star in her homeland, racking up platinum sales. Four years later she's brought forth an equally engaging set of 11 finely honed songs. After the friendly mid-tempo opener and its tale of roaming the countryside in winter, she fearlessly kicks up the decibel meter with the smartly propulsive "Almost," presenting a lustful crush with appropriate passion and the wallop of a rocker. Throughout it all, Harmer has a gifted eye for the small details that give human scale and resilience to the lyrics. The sense of place evoked is unmistakably linked to her home in Ontario's Quaker Valley, and perhaps not surprisingly, All of Our Names was recorded primarily at her rural abode. The album has all the breadth and depth of a work created in a big-city studio, but it also exudes a warmth and intimacy that can be attributed to the care and comfort afforded by the setting. --David Greenberger
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wonderful. This is to date my favorite Sarah Harmer CD. For those of you that like to see live performances my daughter
went to see her in Toronto & said she is really fabulous live.
1. Pendulums: I like this song. It feels like one of those songs you'd love to be able to listen to while riding your
bike along a nice country road. Now children (big or small kids)....please don't actually do that! Ha! Ha!
2.Almost: I like the upbeat tempo of this song. It has a sweet construction to it that reminds me of younger days oddly
enough; haven't figured out why.
3.Greeting Card Aisle: This is my favorite song on the CD. Her guitar work is absolutely outstanding. I liked the sound of
the water in the beginning & was hoping it continued until she started the guitar work & I didn't miss it anymore because
of how good the guitar & lyrics were. This I have on my favorite playlist. I like the circular strumming she does on the
guitar...so well done. She really is a gifted musician.
4.New Enemy: I found it odd that such a tragically lyrical piece had such upbeat tempo music. I think that was a mistake
on this song as I think it would have been more profound if it didn't sound so pop like. It isn't like the song is bad;
just didn't like the instrumental construction/choices she made on it.
5.Silver Road: This got alot of radio play here in Canada. I love this song so much & the video was cool too for it.
Of course it's on one of my playlists as it is one of those songs that just flows so nicely along without you having
to overly focus on it.Read more ›
I thought the album was delightful and ambient. I enjoyed the opener: PENDULUMS, and the closer: GO TO SLEEP, because they were both earnest and warm. I suggest, however, that you buy Sarah Harmer's album for her wonderful voice -- it is lovely, intelligent and feminine.
The production is typical of Rounder's best. It's refined enough to urge listeners to take the music seriously but not overdone. Those seeking audiophile quality should look elsewhere.
What I love most about this release is the "sixties" quality of the artists's voice and playlist and her confident, earnest voice. Would she benefit from a more adventurous production? Yes. That's the reason I shirk at five stars.
In the meantime, this is lyrical and artful recording by an artist who will undoubtedly become a household name before long.
Harmer's voice has matured increasingly, dipping into a very low, husky register for "Greeting Card Aisle", featuring a lilting acoustic guitar that emulates a banjo roll (think Don McLean's acoustic picking), navigating her trademark falsetto-real voice shifts ever the more deftly in "Pendulums", harmonizing beautifully on the dreamy "Go to Sleep", and conveying heartbreaking vulnerability on the lovely "Dandelions in Bullet Holes". The most uptempo this album gets is on "Almost", and then the electric guitars are tamed by a subdued sound mix which makes them melodic rather than punchy.
The songwriting is rustic, relaxed, in no hurry to impress, and lacking in the sticky pop hooks of Harmer's pop songs, but remaining melodic and pleasing. She writes more earnest and less witty lyrics this time around and I miss the bite of her old lyrics, which lent an extra layer to Harmer's vocals.
All of Our Names is a very quiet album, one that you won't readily pick up for a long road trip or to help you wake up in the morning. It's beautiful and appealing, but I do miss the rock elements which had been vital to Harmer's artistic persona previously. As it is, All of Our Names is a fine record with no flaws, but compared to the more well-rounded balance of rock, folk and country on Harmer's previous records, this record comes off as a little bit tame.
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I'm a Mountain and You Were Here are great albums. This one falls short in my mind. The songs are much slower which would be fine if there was a tune/beat to follow. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2009 by David Farstad
"All of Our Names" is a bit slower overall than the last record, but still packs Harmer's tight, creative songwriting. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by tyde
First two songs are especially great. Several others send me away as well. Well worth obtaining, if only to pick your favorites and move on. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by D. A KENNEDY
This is an amazing album!!! I first caught wind of it on cbc 'in session' and just fell in love with the peotic lyrics. Support our Canadian artists! Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by M. Surette
This is some really beautiful stuff and priceless. Worth far more than the fifteen bucks you will fork over at the record store. Read morePublished on June 5 2004
Forget the other CanRock divas; Sarah Harmer blows them away.
Much of Harmer's songs revolve around life's simple pleasures, like traipsing down country lanes and gathering... Read more
This cd is absoutely amazing
one of the best ones in my cd collection
sarah is an amazing person and singer
she sounds even better live if you've never seen her live... Read more
this cd is of course great
i purchased this cd about 3 weeks ago and i was blown away
now i bought this cd at about 16. Read more
I don't normally bother posting reviews on Amazon, but I had to go to bat for Sarah after seeing some of these reviews. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by John G.
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