STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13580-13572 LABEL: Earthdress Prod FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Shining out like a veritable diamond in the rough of the many independent releases that have passed through the Rimmer CD player lately, this Canadian singer/songwriter, visual arty person, independent record company organiser and all round hard working music artist has produced a five-track EP which cries out for a wider distribution. The honest reflection of the opener "Thorn In Your Hand" sets the pace both lyrically and musically. The mandolin playing adds a chiming resonance to Miranda's questioning plea "Can God help me here". Built around her acoustic guitar, these are rootsy arrangements, sometimes punchy ("Growing Old") and sometimes understated and moving. Check out the cello on the poignant prayerfully poetic "Don't You Cry Out" which is simply gorgeous! The Spanish-influenced and enigmatically named "Nevertheless The Dog" is probably my favourite as Miranda's exquisite voice bends and tumbles over the melody with a magnificent compelling free spirit. The closing song "Silverlined" is simplicity itself showcasing Miranda's voice and guitar, together and alone in the studio spotlight. Lyrically it explores the contradictions of a relationship vulnerably exposed to hard questions. Lovers of the Suzanne Vega/Jennifer Knapp/Over The Rhine acoustic pop vibe should despatch 15 dollars immediately. You won't be disappointed.
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