Laura Viers – July Flame

January 31, 2010

Can I call you mine?

Wow. This CD is really good. I mean, it isn’t great, to be honest, but it’s really good. It’s quite difficult to place into a genre – it’s mostly folky but it a lot more than that. It’s dark. It’s honest. It’s hopeful. It’s uplifting. It isn’t much of a thinker, but it definitely needs to settle in. It isn’t exactly indie-pop, but to call it twee is horribly misleading and it’s too gentle to be indie-rock.

But it’s so much more than that. The opener does what it should do – draw in all your attention, without being the center of attention. The second track is the title track, along with the first single which has a video I posted before. The third track is a surprise, but sounds kinda bland on the first few spins.

After this the CD gets a little hit or miss, but it mostly hits home. “Silo Song” is absolutely amazing, both upbeat and catchy. “When You Give Your Heart” is my newest favorite song – it’s a love song but so personal you can’t help but love it back. It’s also delievered really well.

And that’s what it is about the CD I like. To call it folk is an understatement, because its use of orchestration, no matter how bare, is wonderfully done. Silence is golden, but build up, climax and resolution within a song is even better. Which is what you can definitely find in this CD.

If you can find it, buy it. Trust me. 8/10.


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