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All of Our Names

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 9 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • ASIN: B0001I0WJU
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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This was an amazing 1st CD from the Canadian charteuse. Her writing is impeccable and the instrumental arrangements are all
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.
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I sometimes think those who take popular music too seriously are comical. We all care about the music in our lives, but some of the infighting that occurs about certain releases is -- well -- ridiculous. I haven't heard Harmer's previous release, but I'll probably buy it after listening to this one.
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.
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Sarah Harmer has finally cast off her rockier edges and become a full-fledged folk-country artist. Nothing wrong with that -- it just means if you're more into the poppy, rocking Sarah Harmer of "Around This Corner", "Basement Apt." or her former band Weeping Tile's "South of Me", you won't find her on this record. However, if you're more into "Uniform Grey", "Judy G." or even her Songs for Clem persona, that of the low-key, soulful country crooner, this album will draw you in.
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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Discovering Sarah Harmer a few years back was one of those rare music moments where you know you will have this one spinning for many many years. Don't get me wrong, 'you were here' is a stellar album and the backporch on a late summer evening laid back tone of 'songs for clem' holds it's own, but the simple pleasure of 'All of Our Names' is the equivalent of taking a breath and letting it out really really slow. This album is filled with perfect moments, a mosaic of sound that conjurs the most amazing images while you listen. The album is rural, not urban in it's pace. It keeps your attention and it at times takes your breath away. It is a sign waving back and forth in the breeze, a pickup driving down a dusty road, the small town corner diner, the dizziness you experience when you break off a relationship. Sarah's craft for songwriting is embodied in one line from 'tether': Living this close to the road/you question your vulnerability. She weaves and molds her craft into some of the finest songwriting out there these days and deliveres an album that is beautiful and gives us hope that really true insightful artists still exists
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