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“One of the strongest vocalists and most pronounced creative presences in music.” - Harp Magazine

“Since 1981, Boston-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Thalia Zedek has been making excrutiatingly emotional rock music... Nothing draws as much blood as the work of this songwriter, one of the most painfully honest and brilliant anywhere.” -- Time Out New ... Read more in Amazon's Thalia Zedek Store

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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B00B4JITRM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thalia Zedek might be entering the fourth decade of her career as one of the most singular voices in rock, but she shows no signs of creative fatigue. Throughout the 80s she rose to prominence fronting Uzi and Live Skull, before founding Come with Chris Brokaw of Codeine in 1990. After Come called it a day in 2001, Zedek began making music under her own name to high acclaim. Via is Zedek s fourth solo album (and third on Thrill Jockey). It further cements Zedeks position as a bandleader, a songwriter, and as a pioneer who, like Kim Gordon, Kim Deal, Lydia Lunch, and Patti Smith, paved the way for so many others.

On Via, Zedek presents a collection of songs that range from the harrowing to the heartfelt. The opener Walk Away is a triumphantly melancholic exploration of living with ghosts, with Zedeks richly emotive voice augmented by David Michael Curry s gravelly viola and Mel Ledermans measured piano. Via also features some of Zedeks noisiest material in some time. Halfway through Want You To Know, Zedeks guitar erupts into a wash of fuzz, foreshadowing the climax of pounding drums and psychedelic soloing. Via is an album about recovery, loyalty, chance, and gratitude: universal themes that become stirring in Zedeks hands.
The album was written during two distinct sessions over the course of four years. The first set of songs was written during the period of touring after the release of Liars and Prayers with longtime drummer Daniel Coughlin, who was also in Come. After Coughlins departure from the band, Zedek recruited Son Volt drummer Dave Bryson, whose simple, spacious playing allowed her to stretch and experiment with new sounds and ideas. It was recorded by Andrew Schneider at New Alliance and Translator Audio in June and September of 2012. Via has a gravitational field, a magnetic pull brought on by the weight of the words and the mass of the sounds created. Regardless of her status as a pioneering woman in independent rock, Thalia Zedeks music stands on its own in its startling honesty.

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As ever, Zedek specializes in thorny songs that unflinchingly address adult topics and full-grown problems, with the malleable backing of her guitar and band providing either momentary refuge or sympathetic cries of exasperation. --Pitchfork

Over jangling guitar and a weeping violin, Zedek sings like Bob Dylan fronting a late '80s college radio outfit, documenting a friend or lover's painful egress in gripping detail. Walk Away; is a beautiful song that bodes well for Via. --Spin

Via is full of concise guitar solo breaks, chunky drumming, and a sense of broad-stroked experimentation that previous efforts rarely touched. It feels more wide-awake than most anything longtime fans would associate with a star who, for the better part of her career, struck a permanently brooding pose. --Boston Globe

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Radial Records on April 11, 2013
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Thalia Zedek is arguably responsible for the most, consistently brilliant music of any artist in Boston's post-punk/ underground history (and in fact the U.S. underground - since 1987). Dangerous Birds/ Uzi/lead singer for NYC's Live Skull 1987-89/ Come/ and now her fourth solo album (known as Thalia Zedek Band now).
"Via" was the original name for Come - I believe - and is resurrected as the title of TZB's brilliant and beautiful new album.
TZB has carried on in a similar but gentler vein as Come. Sparse in a way like Slint's Spiderland but with TZ's blues/ folk tinged patent songwriting and vocal/song melodies.
Though it may be true that Patti Smith was a big influence on young Zedek - her voice and song style is completely her own.
In fact Smith's recent work is her best; and Zedek's catalog is actually more impressive than Smith's work that came before.
Ultimately, they sound different and are both true creative geniuses.
"Via" is another stunning work by Thalia Zedek Band - easily one of the best bands to emerge in the last decade!
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By vvv on November 30, 2013
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A unique voice in sound, performance, and writing. I've been a big fan since Come, and I do miss the caterwaul energy Brokaw brought, but Zedek's only grown as a writer and singer, and this is her most rocking post-Come recording yet.
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