Laura Veirs - Troubled By The Fire LP

Laura Veirs - Troubled By The Fire LP

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Release Date: January 1st 2003

 

"Laura Veirs sings fireside songs and sea shanties of hypnotic beauty. She creates a contrary world that is at once ethereal and earthy, acting as both a playful sprite and weary siren. Veirs has an eye for detail, conjuring up tangible images of her childhood in Ohio Clouds, from her grandma's cigarette-perfumed skin to her dad's crackling radio, but it's sound, not meaning, that consumes her. Like Sinead O'Connor and Karen Carpenter, she enjoys stretching words until they become emotions, repeating phrases and turning them into chants. Bedroom Eyes is standard country fare, a gentle, driving rhythm reflecting Veirs's eagerness to reach the man she loves, but while the warmth and golden glow of expectation are familiar, Veirs's childlike vocals and easy confidence ache with newness." - Guardian

 

"With this 2003 effort, the artist meshes a nouveau folk/country-rock approach along with intermittent doses of spacy background treatments. Her soft voice provides an underscore for wittily constructed lyricism and slight shifts in direction. It's hard to categorize Ms. Veirs. Throughout this compelling production, she fuses the sounds of innocence with the slant of an enigmatic rock star. There are some calming moments amid asymmetrical parts: country & western, alt-rock, and Ms. Veirs' whispery vocals" - Allmusic