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How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat

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2013 album from the Baltimore-based singer/songwriter. Amy Speace's path to songwriting may not have been a straight line, but like many journeys, has been better for the winding way. Born in Baltimore, Amy grew up the oldest of 4, moving homes and states every few years, learning early about comings and goings, and finding solace in music very early. After graduating from Amherst College, she moved to Manhattan to study acting, toured with The National Shakespeare Company for a few years until a bad breakup and a $50 pawn shop guitar sparked a late-blooming songwriting burst. An appearance at an open mic led to a regular gig at The Bitter End, which led to an independent release of her first songs and in 2005, a chance encounter with Judy Collins' manager changed her life. Judy Collins signed Amy to her own Wildflower Records label in 2006, releasing Songs For Bright Street to critical raves both in the States and in the UK.

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  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 1-2-3-4-GO!
  • ASIN: B00BZBIBUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I think this is a very good album. I'm new to Amy Speace's work but I took a bit of a risk on this because the great Mary Gauthier admires her and performs on the opening track. I am very glad I did because Amy Speace is a fine songwriter and a very good performer.

There is a lot of good folk/Americana around at the moment and I think much of this album is among the very best of it. Speace writes thoughtful and intelligent songs and can produce a truly beautiful tune at times. For example, The Fortunate Ones is an ear-catching opener, very singable but with real substance, and the title track is simply beautiful: a lovely tune, very well sung and perfectly produced. Its chord structure, tune and vocal all remind me a little of Thea Gilmore, which is very high praise indeed. There is a good variety of moods, too: for example, Hunter Moon is a sinister song of murder and guilt with a darkly sexy beat, and the excellent Left Me Hanging is a beautifully restrained, melancholy song about the end of a relationship.

Speace's lyrics are intelligent and thoughtful. I really like this, for example:
"Lovers leave each other every day
Some do it clean, others betray.
Endings reveal us so they say -
You left me hanging."
and there is plenty more of that quality.

It's not a flawless album. I didn't get on too well with the allegorical whimsy of The Sea And The Shore, for example, and Feathers And Wishbones was a little weak by comparison with the rest, but then even some of the greatest albums ever made have their less-than-great songs. Overall, I think this is a really good piece of work - it's a hugely enjoyable listen and I think it has real, lasting quality. Very warmly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 9, 2013
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I first discovered singer-songwriter Amy Speace years ago when she was signed by Judy Collins to Collins new label. I've been a fan ever since and have seen her play at least a half-dozen times. I think this is her best album yet!

What I like most is that variety of music styles. There are upbeat songs and more serious ones and, though she plays guitar on 10 of the tracks, Speace closes the CD with her fingers on the keyboard of a piano.

I listened to the album before I read the liner notes and tried to guess the male voice which accompanies her on the title track. It sounded familiar, but then again not and a look at the notes (in the 16-page booklet which contains the lyrics - in type that you can actually read!) revealed it is another of my favorite Nashville singer-songwriters, John Fulbright. Another Nashville (by way of New Orleans) favorite - Mary Gauthier - is here too, singing backing vocals on the lead-off track.

If you know Speace from her previous work, you'll certainly like this one. It's also a great place to start is you want to hear a beautiful voice sing songs written by a beautiful person.

I did note in Dave Marsh's two page "intro" to the CD that a bonus disc is mentioned. This is new to me since there was only one 11 track CD in the package and listed in the track list on Amazon. Per email from her record company:
"The Same Old Storm EP will be released digitally January 28th (Jan 6 in the UK).
It was originally bundled with the How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat CD as a "deluxe edition" available only from Amy's site. And that is the "bonus disc" that Marsh is referring to.". I was glad that I was able to clarify this. The Amazon release contains only the 11 track CD, despite Marsh's notes.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renée Weitzner on April 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD
What a marvelous CD this is!!! I am awed by the creativity Amy Speace displays here, each song revealing more awareness of the spaces we live in and without. Each time I listen to this CD, I gain further insight into the human condition. I love the interplay between the music and the words and that marvelous cello.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BR on September 19, 2013
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this is one of the finest works of art i have come across in a long, long, long time. her music is poignant and inventive and delicately delivered by a voice that will capture and not let you go; even if you are not listening to it you will hear it in your head. if i could collect only ten of my favorite recordings to take with me to the proverbial "desert island" this one would be about the first i would grab. an amazing, endearing, cherished collection. thank you, amy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By factorygirl43 on December 5, 2013
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there are some beautiful songs on this album. The Sea and the Shore and the title track....I listen to them over and over. Amy's voice has lots of clarity and it's emotional...you can feel her angst, her grief, etc. If you like good songwriting, this album is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hbmusiclover on September 16, 2014
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When I first heard Amy in a little dive bar in NYC, I knew that woman and that voice would be going places. She's gone down south now...and getting better than ever. Her voice is superb..a cross between Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris. Take one listen..it's about that voice..
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By S. G. on November 25, 2013
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I heard this on line in the" listening booth" and discovered what a great album this is. Amy has really created some wonderful songs and I love it.
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By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2013
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This is a great CD. Amy's voice and lyrics are beautiful and in perfect sync. Listening to the CD since it arrived last week has been a joy - liked it from the first listen, and loving it as I play it more.
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