Produced by Danny Kadar [My Morning Jacket, Avett Brothers], The Nevers is the sound of a marriage falling apart. The anger and betrayal mixed in with sadness and even hope, its recording is a musical chronicle of DiMenna and Saunders break-up after 10 years together, the last three as man and wife as well as collaborators.
Producer Kadar explained its appeal: This is the kind of album, when you re going through these kinds of things, a friend hands it to you and says, Listen to this. And nothing else will do.
It s been difficult for me to figure out what to say about the album, says Meredith, who cites Ella Fitzgerald and Dusty Springfield as her varieties, but has been compared to every female diva from Shirley Bassey to Grace Slick and PJ Harvey, not to mention Robert Plant, Jim Morrison and Greg Dulli. I think the songs speak for both of us .
From the biblical fury of the Led Zeppelin-meets-Heart righteous anger of In the Time of Moses, the pounding AC/DC-style female empowerment of Take It If It s Yours and the Stonesy blues of Whatcha Prayin For to lap steel virtuoso Joe Novelli s weeping, squawking guitars which close out Over the Line and the crashing garage-rock of The Winding Road and the raw confessional of In the Next Go Round, The Nevers has blood on its tracks.
There s another side to DiMenna, though, which comes across in songs like Close Enough, where she plays the sultry femme fatale chanteuse in a song reminiscent of the Cowboy Junkies quiet version of Sweet Jane, and I Get Lost, a Bowie/Eno-esque tune where the jazz/R&B croon evokes her idol Ella Fitzgerald.
The vocabulary of music is so perfectly suited to help process these feelings about relationships. That s why it s so difficult to be in a marital partnership in a band... because you can t hide. Things your partner might not know about they end up finding out.
Meredith DiMenna is my new favorite singer, and for good reason. Her band, Saint Bernadette is the creator of, The Nevers, an album which is nothing less than sensational rock 'n' roll with heart, soul and edge to spare. --Portland Press Herald