Album Review

Nadler, Marissa – “Songs III: Bird On The Water ” – [Peacefrog Records]

Daryl Licht   10/25/2007   A Library, CD

On ???Songs III: Bird on the Water??? Marissa Nadler continues her exploration of both traditional (with the accompanying lyrical themes of death, love lost, and so on) and more modern outre-folk forms. Unlike her approach in making previous albums, where the majority of the tracks were solo performances, on this outing Nadler (who is a talented multi-instrumentalist, in addition to being blessed with an incredibly beautiful singing voice!) receives excellent support from members of the great Espers. On nine of these eleven tracks her vocals and acoustic guitar work are augmented only by minimal embellishments like Otto Hauser???s lysergic bells/percussion on ???Dying Breed???, Helena Espvall’s excellent string work on “Thinking of You” and ???Feathers???, Orion Rigel Dommisse???s haunting keyboards on ???My Love And I??? and the cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”, and Greg Weeks??? trademark acid leads on ???Rachel???. Two tracks, ???Mexican Summer??? and ???Bird On Your Grave???, however, are given a more full band treatment and the combination of droning keyboards and psychedelic guitar takes Nadler???s music to new heights of acid psych beauty. ???Songs III: Bird on the Water??? is certainly Marissa Nadler???s most fully realized and best effort to date. I look forward with great anticipation to hearing her continuing development on future releases.

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