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Martin, Caroline – “I Had a Hundred More Reasons T ” – [Smalldog Records]

mitch   11/16/2005   A Library, CD

Bristol UK-based songwriter has the distinction of having recorded
a John Peel session prior to having ever played live in front of an
audience (and since has recorded four live sessions for Radio 1,
including one for Rob da Bank), based solely on her self-released
???Young Tender Rabbit??? EP from 1998. Darkness accompanies
this work, both in the melodies and stark lyricism of intimate,
insular loss and careless simplicity. CAROLINE MARTIN dwells
on unrequited love, dogs, guns, disillusionment, subliminal yet
ever present emotional violence, & inexorable desolation ??? all
with a Sahara-dry & self-deprecating wit informed by weariness
and a perverse sort of optimism that caresses even as it laments.
MARTIN???s second ever live gig was at Glastonbury, and she has
since toured solo and in support of NINA NASTASIA. Fine simple
material effective and affective.
MITCH November 2005

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