July Flame
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July Flame

January 12, 2010

Song Title
I Can See Your Tracks
July Flame
Sun Is King
Where Are You Driving?
Life Is Good Blues
Silo Song
Little Deschutes
Summer Is The Champion
When You Give Your Heart
Sleeper In The Valley
Wide-Eyed, Legless
Carol Kaye
Make Something Good

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Label: Raven Marching Band
  • Copyright: 2010 Laura Veirs
  • Total Length: 43:57
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  • ASIN: B002YH4DU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,249 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired, dreamy, a breath of fresh air. January 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The Colorado-born and Portland-based artist's seventh album is a resultant breath of fresh air.
Conceived from a chance summer meeting with an unusual peach at a local farmer's market, which also spawned the album's name and title track, "July Flame" - a variety of peach- is a break from a self-proclaimed songwriting slump - and a welcome one at that.
The wistful songstress takes a more stripped-down approach compared with recent efforts, the mood erring toward the ripe and summery and the simple arrangements leaving plenty of spaces for her crystalline-as-mountain-air vocals to swoop and glide.
Here, instead of the fascination with water, which has coursed through all her albums since the beautiful "Carbon Glacier", it's the sun that dominates "July Flame".
Tracks such as "Sun Is King" and "Summer Is the Champion" speak poetically of that season's emotional thaw.
The album offers an airy, bucolic, for the most part drum-less, sound, effectively returning Veirs to the fingerpicking folk milieu that characterised her early records, showing a world of organic imagery where troubles "seep into the dirty ground". She may be midthirties, but "July Flame" sees Veirs' explore the emotions of a hazy mid-summer with wide-eyed youthfulness - most notably on the gloriously bright "Summer Is The Champion".
The title track, meanwhile, epitomises a long-shadowed July twilight.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Emerald Fields from Steer Manure" January 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD
It's almost painful, how beautiful this new Laura Veirs CD is. With six albums now, and an EP (there was another, self-released title as well, currently out of print), it has become clear to me that the woman is not capable of creating anything less than captivating ... and she keeps getting better. JULY FLAME instantly became my favorite with the very first listen!

Now, for some, Laura Veirs' flat, girlish voice will be an acquired taste. It was for me; my initial exposure was her Carbon Glacier, a CD I bought based purely on reviews. I would not have given two cents for her singing ability - at first. But the songs crept under my skin, their organic yet chilly tones haunting me for weeks until I had to hear more. I ended up getting all of the Veirs' recordings I could get my hands on, and each one I picked up was a keeper.

The main reason, of course, given Laura's somewhat expressionless voice, is the quality of the songs, and the creativity of both her lyrics and the arrangements. On JULY FLAME, she has stripped back some of the heavy layers and most of the electronics of her last two albums, Year of Meteors and Saltbreakers, but this doesn't mean she has abandoned complexity. These songs are all intricate little symphonies with melodies that take unexpected turns and words that unfold like the pages of a book I can't put down. Veirs continues to use the natural world and the cosmos as the primary sources for her imagery, but she uses them to paint lovely portraits of people, herself, and of pure emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Found Treasure July 26, 2010
By tesg
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This was one of those "You may also like" Amazon suggestions. All I can say is...How did I go this long without ever hearing of Laura Veirs. She even lives in my hometown for crying out loud.

This is my find of the year thus far. Folky, poppy, and sometimes retro (the 70's vibe of "Summer is the Champion" is fantastic), this disc just knocked me sideways. It was the perfect disc at the perfect time for me. It will be in heavy rotation in the car CD changer for at least the rest of the year.

I'll be catching up on the rest of her catalog if you need me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, rich harmonies March 8, 2010
By Alison
Format:Audio CD
I first heard of Laura Veirs from her fabulous duet with Colin Meloy in The Decemberists "Crane Wife" album. I then fell in love with her Saltbreakers album. July Flame is even better than Saltbreakers.

As other reviewers have said, Laura's voice is an acquired taste. It doesn't have the strength or prettiness of someone like Neko Case or Alison Krauss. But its clear simplicity grows on you quickly. Her voice reminds me of shape-note singers. That being said, I don't think I'd enjoy listening to an entire album of her voice alone.

July Flame impresses me most with its rich harmonies. They bring a haunting, ethereal quality to her songs. I think "July Flame," "Sleeper in the Valley," and "Wide-Eyed, Legless" have the most complex and interesting harmonies. "Carol Kaye" is one song I particularly like where Laura's solo voice predominates and is pleasantly sweet. Parts of the album have a hint of country, but not enough to turn off someone like me who dislikes country.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A true PNW Voice
So much is familiar in what she sings and then she's got such a pretty voice with catchy songs. Great album.
Published 8 months ago by M. Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great
Really like this CD. I think it's cool. A bit like Edie Brickell, I think. Anyway, it's all a matter of taste, but I'm happy with it. I also like Neko Case.
Published 9 months ago by Ms. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite
This is her best yet. She is confident now in an idiom that probably shows the way toward the future of the kind of independent popular music that can reflect and thoughtfully... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Clifford Skoog
5.0 out of 5 stars LV sounds like paradise
The songs on here are all wonderful. It's like 13 first kisses in a row. Treat yourself to this album. I Want You to Be My Second
Published 23 months ago by John Mark Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Again
I loved this cd in 2010 but have fully realized it's melodic brilliance and song craft in 2011. A rare and unique gem that lands on my best of music list in 2011.
Published on December 20, 2011 by JBT
5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Veirs- Transports you to summer pastures
"July Flame" is a "full blown" pedigree lo-fi album from Portland's wonderful Laura Veirs. Recorded in her back room, this is an enchanting, wry and often winsome album. Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Red on Black
5.0 out of 5 stars a revelation
I'll preface this interview by saying this was the first Laura Veirs' CD I purchased, so it was my first impression of her. Read more
Published on May 10, 2011 by Chel Micheline
4.0 out of 5 stars A patchwork quilt of ideas
Summer may be the theme here, but something about "July Flame" suggests the chill of autumn as well, a time of turning and change. Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by loce_the_wizard
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Lovely
This album as a whole is quite good. Unfortunately, I think it starts on a sour note with "I Can See Your Tracks." "Carol Kaye" is another one that was hard for me to listen to. Read more
Published on September 15, 2010 by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Sunny folk pop quite different from earlier work
The timbre and register of the voice is a little girl's, in folk-pop mode, recalling white girl groups from the early 60s. Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Frank Camm
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