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    Shields, Christine – “In The Sun” – [Awesome Vistas]

    Pure sweetness, a hint of country tang but more like
    Tarnation on a sun-dappled walk in an orchard instead
    of the foggy perimeter of a crime scene. Still the
    fruit here does have a defined psychoactive element,
    watered by gentle rains from electronic keyboards and
    soft sheets of lap-steel. Folk rock with the earthy
    organic stamp of banjo, but winds of effect-pedal
    whooosh blow the leaves around as well.?? A nice
    marriage. Her voice is calm and pretty, the kind of
    voice that attracts other voices to it, and when she
    harmonizes with her friends, ethereality awakens.
    Give your Espers records the night off, and warm
    yourself by the tunes here. These tracks are as
    graceful as the horses that populate ther lyrics,
    and delivered with such beauty as to belie the more
    bitter verses actually sung. Is that a definition for
    melancholy? I don’t know but Christine Shields’ music
    surely put a smile on every one of this ogre’s scabs,
    imagine what it’ll do for you. An Awesome Vista,
    indeed. Thank you!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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