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11:11

Author: Terry Sawyer
05/04/2005 | Ghetto Blaster | www@ghettoblastermagazine.com | Album Review
Caught between Laura Nyro and Dido, former Azure Ray singer, Maria
Taylor has crafted a fairly straightforward singer songwriter album
whose fringes flirt with shoegazing and electronic music. This is one
of those records where the readily apparent flaws of vocal monotony,
washed out Sarah McLachlan prettiness, and maudlin bath salt
emotionality doesn‚t dissuade me from finding some hypnotic gentleness
and beauty superseding the scuffing weaknesses. I understand her fealty
to the Carole King school, but the songs that stand out here are the
one‚s least connected to her professed musical affinities. „Song Beneath
the Song‰ gets breathed in through My Bloody Valentine static with even
the bassline sounding like it‚s filtered through shifting layers of
polished noise. „One for the Shareholder‰ also strays from the gauzy
girl with the an acoustic guitar routine, dropping spliced flamenco
riffs into chilly dance track that coaxes out a gelid sinister streak in
Taylor‚s normally massaging voice. „Leap Year‰ sounds like a tiny
orchestra piping out of a Mac, the glitch bleeps drowned in synth string
sections and Taylor fainting into the song‚s slowly trembling swirl. As
easy as it is to fault Taylor‚s lack of risk, it‚s just as difficult not
to hit repeat, not to feel enveloped in a fuzzy haze, and not to enjoy
the willowy melody melting in and out of your speakers like a tide
tugged by the moon.
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