Album Review

Mirah – “(a)spera” – [K Records]

lombard   2/2/2011   A Library, CD

There are certain voices that seep into my soul like a laser and Mirah’s is one of them. It’s crystalline, crisp, and cozy and if I had the poetic skills of my preschooler, I might even say that I am “romanced by it.” Her 2009 release (a)spera includes fuller arrangements than some of her earlier albums, but it’s never overdone. The range of instruments include guitar, drums, piano, viola, violin, cello, bells, kora, dobro, trumpet, pump organ, and hammer dulcimer. There’s even some sax, vibraphone, and double bass on “Gone Are all the Days.” Mirah’s voice plays the starring role throughout, with the backing instrumentation providing the perfect accent or counterpoint that never detracts. Simply lovely.

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