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    Josephine Foster and the Supposed “All the Leaves Are Gone” [Locust]

    These songs embrace their pain. Well really more than that
    they admit the pain…and tower above it. Foster’s pipes have
    the warbling ache of a silent movie actress speaking after so
    many years voiceless. The leaves are gone like Garbo. While
    Josephine may also be a “Born Hell(rais?)er” her stylized
    soprano is stirringly at home guiding cautionary folk with
    scattery treble guitar. I suppose that the Supposed may turn
    some people off, notably Goodman’s noodling may seem thin
    and tweaky to some, but I *really* like its chaos clashing
    into these simple strum-along songs. And the percussion that
    Rusty Peterson contributes is what gives this album its
    unbreakable backbone. Evidently this was originally created
    as a rock musical but the songs stand firmly alone, alone
    without a lover, alone without forebears (as the poignant
    “Deathknell” decries), but powerfully alone.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 29, 2005 at 2:22 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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    Foster, with The Supposed is way more interesting than without them. The loopy and slightly askew accompanament makes for repeated enjoyable listenings. For my old ears; I have yet to hear a better and more innovative band, retro or otherwise since the release of “All the Leaves are Gone”. Her solo release of this year seems unfinished without The Supposed. I hope she will use them for future recordings and/or touring.

  • Comment by Andy Tomaselli, October 17th, 2005 10:18 am

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