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Filth & Fire

Mary GauthierAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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MARY GAUTHIER - biography

“There's freedom in knowing that you don't have to know it all,” she says, “which is why to me, a song should end with a question, not an answer.” It might seem that after six groundbreaking albums of original songs, more than a dozen years of recording and touring around the world, a harvest of music industry awards, and covers ... Read more in Amazon's Mary Gauthier Store

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  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Groove House
  • ASIN: B0009J2RR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walk Through the Fire
2. Long Way to Fall
3. Sugar Cane
4. Merry Go Round
5. Good-Bye
6. Camelot Motel
7. After You're Gone
8. Ledge
9. Christmas in Paradise
10. For Rose
11. Sun Fades the Color of Everything

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Produced by ex-Lucinda Williams collaborator Gurf Morlix, Mary Gauthier's (pronounced ""go-shay"") third effort, Filth & Fire, is a startlingly honest collection of sketches drawn from the downtrodden lives of marginal Southern characters. The minimal guitar playing found on Gauthier's last albums is here replaced by the beautifully wrought guitar fills that characterized Lucinda's earlier efforts. Gurf's obvious presence, however, isn't the only reason that comparisons to Williams are being made: Gauthier possesses the unflinching insight and deft songwriting skills missing from the work of so many contemporaries of the Steve Earle/Lucinda singer/songwriter tradition. ""Camelot Motel,"" for example, the album's centerpiece, creates a mosaic of dismal snapshots taken through tightly drawn drapes into the smoke-filled rooms of a dingy motel. ""Sugar Cane"" is a dark autobiographical account of a child's life in Thibodaux, LA, during the sugar cane burning -- ""Dirty air, dirty laundry, dirty money, dirty rain/A dirty dark-eyed daybreak, burnin' the sugar cane"" -- delivered in her thick Bayou drawl. The album-closing ""The Sun Fades the Color of Everything"" is an achingly beautiful love song about two Dylanesque wanderers. Hailed as ""the best singer/songwriter album"" of 2002 by Geoffrey Himes (No Depression), Filth & Fire is a must-hear for fans of ""country noir. --Kim Reick Kunoff-All Music Guide

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A. Boyd
Format:Audio CD
Confession - I just now am learning who Mary Gauthier (pronounced "Goh-Shay") is - never heard of her until now, and I consider myself a music freak (a music "prick" is how one dear friend put it). I dug up two releases and highly recommend both here. She has a new album and will review that in the near-term as well.

Filth & Fire and Mercy Now are two absolutely stunning albums evoking all the qualities I cherish about music: this is bluesy, rootsy, infectious stuff. As a huge Lucinda Williams fan, Gauthier falls into the same mold - her vocals are gripping: at various times husky, whispering or crystal clear, all-the-time seasoned with Gautheir's Louisiana twang and snarl. So what is it? Contemporary folk? Bar-room ballads? Alt-country? Roadhouse rock? All of the above, without pretension. There is a renegade spirit here that embraces the saw dust around the jukebox over martini glasses. The production is respectful of the material - not spiffed up, but warm enough to pay due respects to the genuine sense of presence, space and atmosphere Gauthier creates in her songs. She forces time to slow - late night walks on quiet, rain-drenched streets, sultry, slow-dance waltzes, etc. (my visions, not hers). Highly, highly recommended! Both albums are Must Hears!

GENRES: Alt Country, Mellow Rock, Folk Rock, Contemporary Folk, Americana.

BUY IF YOU LIKE: Lucinda Williams, James McMurtry.

MUST HEAR TRACKS: Filth & Fire: "Long Way To Fall," "Sugar Cane," "Good-Bye," "Camelot Motel," "The Sun Fades The Color of Everything." Mercy Now: "Falling Out of Love," "Mercy Now," "Prayer Without Words," "Drop In a Bucket."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome buy! December 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Bluegrass with a touch of blues! Awesome voice... real life songs. You won't have anything like her in your collection. She stands alone. My guy says she sounds close like Lucinda Williams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars listen listen.. October 27, 2009
By Fran
Format:Audio CD
I don't know anything about Mary Gauthier, have not heard anybody talk about her and have not read any review. Just saw the cd by coincidence in the small town library - schicksal.. haha.. and the title 'Filth and Fire' caught my eye.
This is without doubt the best record I have listened to for ages! The music.. Mary's very personal touch, her voice and the lyrics can't be written down, must be listened to as they cannot be separated or described in words. The symbiosis goes through you without leaving and you carry the depths from the lines and notes with you through the night and all nights coming. Just buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 24, 2009
By Paul P
Format:Audio CD
I already own the fantastic MERCY NOW and BETWEEN DAYLIGHT & DARK, so I bought this CD as a way of starting to work my way through Mary's back catalogue. It is an exceptional album that fits in brilliantly with the two mentioned above... I wasn't disappointed at all. The only disappointing thing is that it is quite hard to get hold of and quite hard to buy at a reasonable price.
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