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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minty Fresh
  • ASIN: B000M06K8E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lead singer of 90s indie-rock darlings, Velocity Girl, releases her second solo album further marking her departure from the guitar driven noise pop of her former band. Although her new release provides love songs in spades reminiscent of Burt Bacharach and Carole King, Shannon doesn't shy away from exploring darker subject matter. Groovy laid back beats, warm piano, sweeping strings and stately horns give these songs a timeless classic pop feel with the central feature of Shannon's solo work, her voice, showing strong as ever.

For all its hearkening back to the sounds of classic pop records, Sarah Shannon's second solo album remains a wholly original affair. A lovely panoply of orchestral touches, particularly precocious strings ("Near and Far," "Postwar Hope") and muted trumpet ("On and On," "Salton Sea"), adorns these songs and helps distance Shannon from her continuing association as a (if not "the") former Velocity Girl. But for all the songs--"Along the Way," "On and On," and the title track--that suggest a breezy walk in the park, both lyrically and compositionally, even precious-sounding numbers like "Shiny Little Song" betray a seriously maturing songwriter whose poetics and craft have grown beyond anything suggested by her first, eponymous solo outing. The five-year interim has done wonders for Shannon's voice as well. Never before has it sounded so pure, without losing the distinctiveness that devoted VG fans have adored since 1993's jet-setting Copacetic. Credit budding producer extraordinaire Martin Feveyear for elevating much of this record from teasingly pleasant in theory to lushly realized in the event. Regardless, if City Morning Song is any indication, Shannon's potential for lasting pop relevance seems all but assured. --Jason Kirk

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martha Morris on May 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
SARAH SHANNON "City Morning Song"

The wonderful almost swing based-even--jazz-based bounce to this collection, is a perfect merge with Sarah's lilting, lively and lovely voice. She has designed the melodies and lyrics to embrace the great range and emotions of her singing: searching, hoping, finding-sometimes rejoicing and loving-but, some do darken "slow down...look around..." then brighten "universe found...along the way." She poetically touches the immense and complicated search of life-the joy and sadness. Her voice can be breathy and urgent, then almost classically soaring, always backed by this wonderful orchestration. The moving chorus: "On and on...On and on!" Well-that's life. What songs and rhythms! Right, the bounce! It makes us "Boomers" want to jitterbug!
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Either of Sarah's 2 albums are perfect. Buy them both. She has such a strong, pleasant, and unique voice. The only negative is I keep waiting for her to release something new. Still waiting, and waiting, and waiting.....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Snyder on July 18, 2012
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I was a Velocity Girl fan, even saw them in concert back in the day, at the 930 Club's old location. But I always disliked how those VG albums were mixed with Ms. Shannon's voice barely distinguishable. It was a choice made, no doubt, to sound grungier, but not one I particularly enjoyed. (Or perhaps it was a choice made because the beauty of her voice would have overwhelmed any notice for the rest of the band.)

I had purchased her first solo album back when it first came out, but missed hearing about this one until recently. While I enjoyed the first solo album, this one is spectacular. How does it not have more reviews? It was an Amazon best-of-the-year, but apparently that did little to increase sales, which is enormously sad because I not only agree with Amazon's best-of-the-year designation, this is in fact a best-of-the-decade, and has probably vaulted into my top 20 records of all time, possibly even top 10. I can NOT stop listening to it, and for me that's extremely rare as I tend to get tired of even my favorite songs after I've heard them 20-30 times.

Darn it, Sarah, make more records! She's also a member of the kid's rock group The Not-Its! Tag, You're It!, which while fun are just not the same--plus my still juvenile mind keeps putting the dash in the band's name in the wrong place. ;-)
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