Release Date: 12 January 2010
I'm trying to imagine Laura Veirs playing in a Pacific Northwest-style girl punk group. Apparently, that's what her first band was, back when she was studying geology and Mandarin Chinese at college in Minnesota. Her voice is so suited to the neo-folk path she's chosen to follow in her subsequent career that it's sort of tough to conjure an angry yelp from her. Not that she's all sweetness and light-- her albums have always housed their fair share of darkness and turmoil. They've just favored subtle ways to present those things. On her seventh album, July Flame, Veirs takes all the best things about her previous output, including her two justly lauded efforts for Nonesuch, and distills them into her best record.
July Flame is ultimately a record that's easy to get into and just as easy to stay with.
- Joe Tangari, Pitchfork (2010)