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Sound of White

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The Australian success story of 2004, 21-year-old singer songwriter Missy Higgins had her critically acclaimed album The Sound of White certified quintuple platinum in her homeland and won an ARIA (Australia's Grammy) for Best Pop Release. Now The Sound of White, produced by John Porter (Ryan Adams, Los Lonely Boys, The Smiths), and the sincere, earthy, passionate sound of Missy Higgins arrive to conquer America. Warner. 2005.
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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B00092ZM84
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had the great pleasure to spend much of the month of May in Australia and one of the things I wanted to do while there was find music that wasn't being played in the US, and I found a lot. While I enjoyed the likes of Delta Goodrem, The Cat Empire and Kasey Chambers the CD I have listened to most since coming home has been "The Sound of White" by Missy Higgins. I heard one of her singles on the plane somewhere over the Pacific on my way to Oz and then kept hearing it the whole time I was there, be it in a cab, on a boat, or just walking through a store it seemed like some one was always playing Missy Higgins. I started off by getting the full length album but after listening to if all the way through 5 or 6 times I made a quick trip to a record store to buy all of her singles as well. I can't do her song writing justice by comparing her to some other young American female popstar of today because they all seem to fit in to the same over produced "show biz" mold. Missy Higgins' songs feel like they might just be pages torn out of her (or any other late teens, early twenties person's) diary. The words seem poetic without the tendency to seem sappy or forced, and I couldn't help really hearing what she had to say, not just listening to her words. In the end her words seemed to rattle around in my head a bit longer as much for how she was singing them as for the subject matter and writing. She sings with an Australian accent, that seems to just be melodious incarnation of her speaking voice. I know that doesn't sound like a big deal, but with so many singers from all around the English speaking world all sounding like they come from the same place it truly is a breath of fresh air.Read more ›
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Let's get a few things straight about this album - I know people who don't like it, but they were under the impression that it was something it wasn't:

Firstly, Higgins' accent isn't fake. There's plenty of Australians who speak exactly like that, and there's plenty who don't. Not all Aussies speak like Steve Irwin (thank goodness), or Missy Higgins. So, if you have an Aussie friend, and they speak with a different accent to what you're hearing from Higgins, that can be perfectly normal. She speaks with the same accent as she sings - and it never changes. It's not "put on" to appeal to anyone.

Secondly - I'm getting the impression that many people are buying the album expecting all the songs on it to be similar to "Scar", a song that seems to be internationally famous. In fact, "Scar" is the exception, rather than the rule, and the rest of her work is rather different.

What this work is, however, are songs driven by real acoustic instruments, often with absolutely no drums driving the beat. The songs feature a substantial amount of acoustic guitar and piano, not surprisingly, since these are played by Higgins herself. If you don't like music without a heavy bass backing, move right along, there's probably nothing for you in this album.

You can't dance to the music - and you'd be nuts to try to, too. This is music to listen to, and if you've got the right ear, it's also music you can play on your own piano, with its simple, but appealing melodies. Listen to the music - and you'll find another rarity in modern music. That is, lyrics that make sense.

I'm admittedly a little biased, not because I'm Aussie, but because I'm a fan of Higgins' work, and have been ever since she was playing in small venues as a support act.
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Forget about the British invasion. The real deal now is the Aussie take-off. We giggled at the sight of Kylie back when she came out, but now she stands as a huge force in popular culture. Even her sister managed to break free from the shackles of teeny-bopper land. Then Natalie Imbruglia bursts onto the scene popularizing Australian imports even more and stripping the genre of pop away from it.

Nowadays, a young folkie by the name of Missy Higgins is getting a lot of buzz and deservedly so. Higgins released the docile, yet pleasant The Sound Of White after a trip backpacking across Europe. Wavering between a young Aimee Man and a direct Natalie Merchant, the newbie shines through other attempts of college café ditties.

The album starts out with the track that has landed her the record deal "All For Believing" - a track that encompasses stark sentimentality with urge of forgiveness. The kind of song one would listen to in order to stay in a relationship.

The soft-heartedness continues with the standout of "Ten Days," which is another hymn for the troubled, yet with a tone of desperation so honed it would make "Un-Break My Heart" sound crass.

Then comes the slightly upper-tempo "Scar." This further sets the air for the album, which carries the same theme of a tumultuous relationship throughout.

But, the jitteriness ends with the melancholy "Don't Ever" through the lonesome "Katie"

Then more dejected moments arise with the arresting "The Special Two," which finds Higgins in both a figurative and literal stupor.

The Sound Of White is a diary of thought for the forlorn. In almost every song Higgins can't stand the situation she is in. It continues on with melodic aptitude and remains fey throughout. This is very depressing, but in the good sense. Only a few people can pull off sad music and Higgins joins that group.
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