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  • Audio CD (April 10 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000N4S8SO
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1. Pink Light
2. Ocean Night Song
3. Don't Lose Yourself
4. Drink Deep
5. Wandering Kind
6. Nightingale
7. Saltbreakers
8. To The Country
9. Cast A Hook
10. Phantom Mountain
11. Black Butterfly
12. Wrecking

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Laura Veirs ~ Saltbreakers

What Suzanne Vega was to the East Coast--working at the intersection of folk and art songs--Laura Veirs has become to the Pacific Northwest. With organic imagery and a sense of open-eyed, open-hearted wonder, her songs seem to hover between the sea and the stars and to take inspiration from each. Though "To the Country" is the undisputed highlight here, featuring a luminous call-and-response with the Cedar Hill Choir and guest guitar from Bill Frisell, Veirs extends her range from the soul groove of the title track (which is also now the name of her band, formerly the Tortured Souls) to the propulsive rock of "Phantom Mountain." Even when her material flirts with preciousness ("Nightingale") or conforms more to folk convention, the musical settings entrance. --Don McLeese

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb4c3bdb0) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4ae5b10) out of 5 stars A true artist. April 10 2007
By jimmy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Following 2005's sparklingly lovely "Year of Meteors" is no easy task, but "Saltbreakers" is a resoundingly wonderful return from a musician who has established herself as that rare thing - a true artist.
Here Veirs' inspiration comes from oceanic imagery - in complement to "Meteors" ' geological theme - and it never once feels contrived or forced.
Clear standout is the epic sweep of "To the Country", recorded in Johnny Cash's Nashville cabin, and featuring an eight-person Baptist choir.
All the songs slip their way into your subconscious like loveable but slightly annoying friends.
When you find yourself waking up singing "drink deep, my love" you'll know what I mean.
That means more beautifully imaginative songs, fancy-folk pop, moving lyrics -- and subtle instrumentation.
More of the same, then - but that's no bad thing.
The Seattle singer-songwriter has bottled a winning formula --- and she's sticking to it.
And even, if it all sounds a tad samey, you end up humming along to each tune.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4b31e28) out of 5 stars Strangely addictive music Oct. 30 2007
By W. Martin - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you had told me, when I was first listening to this CD, that I'd become addicted to this album and buy 4 copies for my sisters and girlfriends, I'd have told you that you were nuts.

A friend who usually turns me onto amazing female vocalists (Patty Griffin) sent me this album with a disclaimer about Veirs' voice. I'm glad he did because her voice (listen to samples) is pretty quirky and slightly Suzanne Vegaish. But it totally works with her great, unique arrangements and band.

This CD has been playing in my car continously for about 2 months now. There's really not a bad song here and the album as a whole is great and has staying power. My whole music-loving family knows all the songs now and no one ever asks for it to be changed. It's really good stuff - sort of mellow, gently (not annoyingly) positive, and very comfortable to have on for long stretches.

This album is like that quirky girl you befriended in high school. To your GOOD friends, you can say "Give her a chance, she's actually really cool." But you're not going be to driving around with Laura Veirs blaring for all the world to hear because she requires some explanation. :) Regardless, I recommend this album.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4b3efe4) out of 5 stars Hauntingly introspective, tender, yet gracefully playful. April 10 2007
By Mr. R. J. Davidson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Picture Seattle and you'll be bombarded with images of plaid shirts, greasy hair and heads blown open in existential angst, which is a long way from the upbeat bittersweet alt-rock of local singer/songwriter Laura Veirs.

Following the success of 2005's mesmerizing "Year of Meteors", "Saltbreakers" is an artist at her peak. Hauntingly introspective, tender, yet gracefully playful, Veirs delights the ears as much as she pulls on the heartstrings.

Rock's laureate of the great outdoors, Laura Veirs has turned her attention on her sixth album to the watery deep - a metaphor apparently for a stormy year for her on the home front.

Whether or not "Saltbreakers" is intended to complete a trilogy initiated by "Carbon Glacier" in 2003 and 2005's "Year of Meteors", it provides a more than satisfactory sequel. The alternately grave and jaunty piano melodies here are classic Veirs, suffused with her characteristic wide-eyed poise and emotional reticence, and elaborated in chamber-pop style by her band with occasional splashes of strings and horns.

On the title track, she ventures into a rollicking, shanty-like chorus with the guys; for the rest, she remains the ambiguous nature lover, wrestling with wild thoughts in an even wilder landscape.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4b3e84c) out of 5 stars best of 2007 Aug. 25 2007
By char1077 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow. I hadn't thought Ms. Veirs could top her lovely 2005 album, "Year of Meteors" but I was incorrect. "Saltbreakers" is just one good track after another and a definite for my top 5 of 2007.

There is plenty here for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Haunting, tinkling folk pieces such as "Ocean Night Song" and "Wrecking", more poppy and electronic tracks like "Don't Lose Yourself" and the oh-so clap-able "To the Country". It's all different enough to not bore the listener but still is threaded together by whimsical lyrics and Veirs' distinct voice. Just a wonderful album to listen all the way through for a little gazing out the window.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4b4157c) out of 5 stars Nature taking its course March 7 2008
By Harold Walton - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Well she looks a little like Woody Allen in a wig, she definately leans a little to the wacko side and the lyrics veer occasionally into a twee, cringy dead end. But don't let that stop you. I've had this album for about a month or so now and its has slowly and craftily enveloped my listening experience, creeping into my life just like the 2nd CD of Kate Bush's "Aerial" did. The songs, chock full of images of nature and its landscapes, are wonderfully played by her band, now apparently named The Saltbreakers. The title track is a joy with the band's pirate-like responses on the chorus reminding me curiously of those old silly Gary Glitter singles or Ian Dury's "Do It Your self" period. This collection is helping me survive a Toronto winter that is now threatening to stretch gloomily into Mid-March. It's infused with winning optimism and superior, consistantly great songwriting and performances.