Miranda Stone - One Two Trash A Few Ninety-Nine 100

Tuesday 1st August 2000
Miranda Stone - One Two Trash A Few Ninety-Nine 100
Miranda Stone - One Two Trash A Few Ninety-Nine 100

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2283-27595
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Canadian songwriter Miranda Stone's last album 'Brave' was a bit of a favourite of mine, so it's good to see that the lady has finally got a second release available. The Canadian scene is similar to the UK, it's under-resourced and totally inundated with American music, However, like the UK underground, there's a growing movement of musicians celebrating their artistry. Miranda is a fine songwriter without ever feeling that she needs to "minister". Instead there's a real sense of joy in this intimate chaotic recording as she interacts with her band and makes no attempt to edit out the mishaps along the way. Possibly the most honest live record ever, my favourites include the acoustic percussive "Never Lick The Stamp" which allows Miranda to let it all out, and the eight-minute blissful vibe of "3 Stories" with its rootsy magnificence. There is something delightfully quirky about the numerous interactions between Miranda and her band, including the children's stories read by a band member. Basically, if you want "real" music, this is a great place to start. Other critics have suggested that she takes the passion of punk, planting it into her tender folk music, and creating something that is intimate enough to cross boundaries and draw in an audience, whilst at tie same time remaining startling.

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