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Songs of the Year: 2007's Best Music

Author: Stephen Thompson
10/24/2007 | NPR Music | www.npr.org/music/ | Album Review
Like Metric's Emily Haines, Azure Ray's Maria Taylor has staked out a solo career as a tender chronicler of human vulnerability and misery. Fortunately, also like Haines, Taylor knows how to employ that empathy in the service of a killer minor-key pop song. "A Good Start" articulately and poignantly sums up the entire "she said" side of a troubled relationship, while "Lost Time" functions as a quiet, tender-hearted bundle of slow-motion grieving and stubborn optimism. (Listen: "A Good Start")