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Recorded two and a half years before its release and carried in her hip pocket until Rykodisc Records stepped forward with a record contract, Tara Angell’s lingering debut album samples a spectrum of emotions--from melancholy and misfortune one song to sincerity and splendor the next. Co-piloted by pal and producer (and applauded singer/songwriter) Joseph Arthur, Come Down’s ominous lyrics and twisting, twisted melodies are textbook for Angell’s husky, cigarette-singed vocals--imagine Marianne Faithful aping Polly Jean Harvey or Stevie Nicks fronting the Velvet Underground. The dozen original songs by the New York City artist are vast illustrations of maturity and dexterity, coalescing between a bookshelf of dog-eared paperbacks and Angell’s desolate encounters with the everyday. She can resonate as dark and deserted as the last person on the planet ("Silver Lining") or cleverly chirp over the echo of a cocktail party ("Bitch Please"). But either way, Come Down will gnaw at your soul on the first listen, and stay with you long after. -- Scott Holter

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00070FVVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zac Black on March 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Tara Angell's Come Down is simultaneously an immediate and timeless album. Each track's first spin is received like a fine dish that heightens all the senses and leaves you wanting more. And with time, listening to Come Down is like dipping into a vintage drop that's only getting better with the years.

Lyrically and in delivery there's an obvious sadness that pervades this album. Whether it be from heartbreak or loss, the water from Angell's well is coming from a dark place. It's a taste we all know. But this is anything but a miserable experience. Rather, Joseph Arthur's production lifts everything up into a sphere of hope and positivity. These contrasting emotions are melded to perfection from start to finish.

Tara Angell's voice has received comparisons to Marianne Faithfull and Lucinda Williams and while these artists may be inspirations in sound and spirit, Angell has in fact created a sound that transcends any influences. There's something so raw and true going on here that the before mentioned artists would no doubt feel privileged to have Tara compared to them.

Of the twelve tracks on Come Down pretty much all of them are top shelf. Opener Untrue is a slowly reverberating wave of numbed-out pop that sets a scene that could go anywhere. Hollow Hope kicks in with an upbeat rocking groove and a chorus as catchy as a ball skied deep into the outfield. Uneven is the album's masterpiece though. Amongst backwards guitars and tastefully lush backing vocals, Angell's delivery is a song within a song. Closer, The Big One is equally beautiful and restrained. Like the album as a whole, nothing is overplayed and there's enough air left to breathe throughout.

It may only be March but Come Down is hands down the album of the year so far and Uneven can wear the crown (or tiara) of best track. If there's any sense or justice in the music world, Tara Angell and Come Down will be received like saviours by all those who care about music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharyn rodas on March 11, 2005
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tara angell is the best new artist i've heard this year. her voice is remarkable, her songs are haunting; dark and lovely at the same time. remember her name, we are going to hear it again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bezweifeln on September 23, 2006
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Tara takes me back to Melanie with much less whimsy. Beautiful lyric and music make for an entire CD that is just beautiful. This is the one CD I've purchased recently that I didn't tire of in short order. As far as whatever verbage I could put down here that would have you appreciate this unique sound I am drawing a blank - so maybe this is not too helpful. I had to say how important this CD was for me and I hope others feel the same.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sanpete on May 10, 2008
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You know an album is down low when the upbeat number is "Bitc* Please," a song with the sunny disposition of a Velvet Underground ballad, only more laid back. But really, it is a fun song in its way, with a convivial conversation in the background, as though at a party, opening with a guitar that seems to be paraphrasing, in a subtle, quiet way, The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb," and sporting a taunting lyric with pretty, Stones-ish harmonies. Like all the songs, the lyric is pared to a few words, the melody to a few notes. Like most of the songs, it's impossible to tell just what it's about, but it effectively conveys some basic feelings and ideas.

Angell has said the title of the album came from a remark producer Joseph Arthur made, that it would be good music to come down with. He was undoubtedly thinking of pharmaceuticals, but it's an apt name in the broader sense that the music has a strong undertow that pulls you down and makes it feel very good.

It's hard to avoid calling the album dark, but it isn't grim in quite the way some of its apparent influences have been. It's more down than caustic and bitter. Angell lived in a depressed New York neighborhood with junkies and suffered from depression herself, but she's managed to keep enough perspective and power to avoid the worst. "You left me strong, Big enough to pick up the world," she sings ("Don't Blame Me"). I'm sure she's felt lost, and probably still does in some ways, but she's determined, enough. The songs may be considered confessional but, despite what some reviewers have said, not quite in the seemingly naked way those of some others have been. She's keeping plenty to herself. And, she says, she does use her imagination.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Nayda on September 19, 2005
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Very disappointing in all respects. Usually a Lucinda Williams recommendation is right on, but not the case here. Angell rips off Faithful with no sense for a melody. Repeated listening solidfied my assessment.
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