|New from||Used from|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The opener "Chimacum Rain" is just one of those songs that stays with you for days after listening to it. The meandering vocal melody over a soft, pensive guitar arrangement has such a simple power to it. Multi-tracking the voice makes this song wash over the listener the way a soft drizzle of rain would. MAGIC! The rest of the album is just as wonderful. Each song is distinct, and manages to retain its own personality while remaining part of a whole. Linda's voice is one of the best I've heard on any folk recording. She has the playful, bouncy phrasing of early Joni, with a soaring tonal beauty that at times is reminiscent of Joan Baez. Linda Perhacs has this unique ability to sound optimistic yet never naive, haunting while never depressing. She is the kind of girl that I could fall in love with 1,000 times over!
As I was reading through the CD jacket I noticed that special thanks were given to both Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Lindgren from Opeth, as well as Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree who has produced three Opeth albums. I was really happy to see that because I'm a huge Opeth fan (have been for many years now), and it's nice to know that they were involved in the reissuing of this amazing album. Anyway, I highly recommend Parallelograms to anyone who has stumbled across this page, or anyone curious about Linda Perhacs. It is a truly wonderful album, and more people need to know about it!
The album has a flying start with "Chimacum rain" which sets the tone for the rest: layers of stunning vocals and a sympathetic & effective backing. "Paper mountain man" is less unique but still very good, and reminds the listener of Heart. Songs like "Dolphin", "Call of the River" and "Morning colors" especially remind me of Tim Buckley's great Happy/Sad & Blue afternoon period. Least succesful in this great set of songs is "Moons and cattails", which sounds too contrived & less 'spontaneous' if you will. The title song "Parallellograms" has surprising lyrics (a lot of mathematical words) and a daring experimental break, which also hints at Tim Buckley's work - the unique and superb "Starsailor".
For me, winner in this fine collection is "Hey, who really cares": nothing strange or daring there, but very gentle, melancholic & simply beautiful.
In all this album is head above many works sold by the millions and it deserves a far greater audience. Happily, it seems that Linda Perhacs has decided to enter the world of music again and will produce a new album (only her second since the end of the sixties) by the end of this year. Hopefully this new album (if it is as good as the first one) will cause a more deserving response.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely music - great alternative to all the noise around us nowadays.Published 1 month ago by FrozenMango
Didn't know it was a re-issue.. still a good album.. fast shipping.Published 3 months ago by DJ K-FLiP
I was told that Linda Perhacs Parallelograms is a classic album from the early 70's in the female singer/songwriter category. This is my chance to play it. I agree! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bryan
What a terrible loss it was that she made only this LP in 1970 and then receded from view. Her writing, delivery and exceptional production values make this an entrancing,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Warren
How did this lady not get more recognition? She had a great late 60's album.Published 15 months ago by Darrel Drumm
Bought this album for the sound, the poetry, but mostly for the artist's personal story of creative survival. Inspired by her tenacity.Published 15 months ago by annonymous
heard and read the story on NPR and liked some of the songs but not all. title cut is the best in my opinionPublished 20 months ago by George DeGroot