2001: BMG/Moksha 74321888452
Originally loaned to me by a Québecois coworker, this one lurked in my minds shadows for almost a year before I decided to get a copy for myself.
Unquestionably it was Cover that caught my attention in the first place there I was, calmly working at my office and playing the loaned CD for the first time on headphones, and suddenly the music shifted from background to immediate foreground when I realized the singer had just quoted Joni Mitchell: There are some lines you put there and some you erase, which is from Mitchells Off Night Back Street (on Don Juans Reckless Daughter). It was beautifully chosen and applied, and there was no question of it being plagiarism and I hit the button on my CD player to start that track again from the beginning and put that into context.
Im not enamoured of the entire album: Im drawn to its more lyrical and melodic pieces, specifically Cover and Gone above all others here, but at the same time Im curious enough about what grabbed me to return to reconsider the ones that didnt quite land but were from the same combination of artists. And in time Let It Go, the fourteenth track, has grown on me, but I think it might be best out of context by the time you get to the end of the album, youre so used to Sians voice and all the programming that it doesnt command your interest as much as this track actually should do as a standalone its magically singular.
Its an uneven album, the relentless drum-and-bass beat programming notwithstanding, and I think thats because the programming was the original intent of the album and the singing and actual songwriting that resulted from the collaboration with the vocalist took the later parts of the album in an unexpected direction, with far superior results.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.