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    Cluck, Diane “Oh Vanille / Ova Nil” [Important Records]

    Even without a few heartfelt harmonies dubbed in, and the
    gracefully guided crack of her voice, the words alone cut
    right past the ear to the heart. “And you fade from me like
    you know I’m dying.” Ouch. But really you’ve got to hear her
    vocalize that sentiment, it winds up catching the body
    language of hurt, all in an ornate loneliness despite being
    surrounded by a 1000 midwives. Is it a paean to a child lost
    during childbirth?’ Listen to “Bones and Born Again” and tell
    me. The recipe here is simple enough an acoustic guitar (oft
    a 12 string rattler!) and some songs in a shaky voice, I
    guess you’ll want to hear her soon. Shaky…but unswerving.
    And that weird (New England?) clip to her voice, like a lost
    Roche sister? Enunciation of renunciation? Arrow of my
    sparrow? These songs take flight, like the woman singing
    pretty sad songs strung on a clothes line. Stringing songs
    along. They can dry out their tears and catch the scent of
    her breeziness. Coaxed, comforted. An essential album for
    those with souls cracked but intact.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 29, 2005 at 1:28 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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