Sunday, March 12, 2006

Music Review -- Year of Meteors by Laura Veirs

Laura Veirs has been around for quite a while, though Year of Meteors is the first time I’ve listened to her closely. It took quite a few listens, but this disc finally grew on me. The singer-songwriter writes a lot about loss and bittersweet relationships, using the ocean and water to highlight distance and loneliness. As Veirs herself writes, “I’m gonna dig/ for pretty and strange.” Veirs uses a full band on this album that is easily capable to back her solid voice. The result is collection of mid-tempo tunes that are occasionally edgy and surprising with extremely solid writing. Secret Someones and Parisian Dreams are a couple of my favorites. Followers of Beth Orton, Feist and Cat Power could be in to Year of Meteors.

2.75 out of 4.00 on the Vin Swanson Scale.

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