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Warp and Weft

August 20, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Label: Raven Marching Band
  • Copyright: 2013 Raven Marching Band
  • Total Length: 42:32
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  • ASIN: B00DJ9DWAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,888 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on August 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Laura Veirs last album was the child friendly traditional songs of "Tumble Bee" which had it moments but was aimed at a very specific audience. In one sense then "Warp and Weft" is her first proper album since the summer pastures of 2009's wonderful "July Flame". If you don't own, or have yet to hear the title track or "Make something good" the lovely duet with My Morning Jacket's Jim James then seek medical help. This is the Portland's singers ninth album and one of her best. James is back guesting on the album. as are the two chanteuses Neko Case and K D Lang plus fellow North Westerners the Decemberists. The most immediate impression of this album is that its a much less laid back affair than "July Flame". Electric guitars and punchy solos punctuate many of the songs and there is even a slice of Alice Coltrane style jazz in "White Cherry" which has the considerable merit of being highly listenable. It's mantra, of "Abundant life, that's this life." closes an album of true wonders.

Back at the beginning is the acoustic "Sun Spot" with Neko Case making an impressive guest appearance. It does reprise some "July Flame" sounds and is a sterling start with Veirs vocal mixing soft and grit, combined with great electric guitar backing and strings that take it out with a bang. The next song "America" is essentially a rock song with a grungy bass. It is much harder fare than Veirs usual template and enters the heated debate on gun control when she observes "Everybody's packing heat in America / Training their barrels on the city streets of America". The great storytelling of "Dorothy of the Island" is a real standout punctuated with a rocking guitar solo although the haunting "Shape Shifter" matches it with high emotion as Veirs sings about the approach of cold frost and winter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Thompson on August 26, 2013
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Let me start by saying I'm already a huge fan of Ms Veirs' work. Her 2010 album July Flame remains one of the best albums I've ever heard; Warp And Weft comes close to that very high mark, although I can't say it quite hits it. Some of the songs on Warp and Weft are brilliant: in fact, I could listen to the last 4 tracks repeatedly and never tire of them. They are the perfect blend of Laura's song writing and Tucker's (Martine, the producer) craftsmanship. In fact, this album shows off more of Tucker's skills, which until recently I hadn't paid much attention to. With support from an impressive list of friends (Neko Case, kd lang, The Decemberists, Carl Broemel [the guitarist from My Morning Jacket]), the album has more musical variety than previous efforts.

Overall, this is a solid album worth having in your collection. It doesn't have the "flow" that July Flame has--it feels a bit more like a collection of great songs, rather than an album--but a collection of great songs is nothing to scoff at, either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Odegaard on August 21, 2013
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I have followed Laura as a local artist for many years and enjoyed many of her live shows, either as a headliner or as a contributor, and have enjoyed her previous recorded works, but this simply is something different and frankly brilliant. Whether it the depth of the songwriting, the appreciated production or the addition of a wealth of talented supporting artists and voices like Neko Case of course, it all adds up to something very special and in my opinion one of the year's best.

Thank you Laura, for the most pleasant surprise of listening to this gem today and maybe just maybe being pregnant when you created much of this CD helped a little or a lot, but I have to think it had something to do with you channeling MJ here in Portland back in February at the amazing Wes event. Your talent and humbled stage presence was something to behold and we are all the better for your musical talents/gifts with a kind of welcomed humor and humility to boot.

Buy this CD and enjoy a better day ahead.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eliza Smith-Vedder on September 2, 2013
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Here's the thing with this album; it's far more layered and nuanced and complex than July Flame. It's also harder to get a grip on. It covers a lot of territory, both emotionally and musically. I do agree that each song feels very individual, but it feels like a proper album to me. It's just that it covers so much territory it's hard to hear the thread that weaves it together at first. I think that's why she named it Warp & Weft - the pattern is easier to discern after you take it all in from a little distance.

I'm convinced that in five years when I hear this album I'll remember this time in my life vividly; the taste of my first home grown serrano peppers, taking my girlfriend on her first mountain bike ride, the feel of early autumn in the air in Vermont, the view of the lake from my porch and things I know I wouldn't expect to remember... Why? Because there is an honesty and rawness to Laura's music that touches me at a very deep level, and on this album, she harnesses the potential of a huge band, and about 3000 different instruments. The music is referential not just to Laura's discography, but reminds me of a million musical moments that are so fleeting that I can't quite catch them. But I feel like she's been hunting around in side of my memories and grabbing little scraps to reference, reinvent, and let go before I can even name them. Even though there is only one track that has real jazz roots (White Cherry), the entire album has a fusion soul. And the music sticks. Neko Case called this a 'complete protein' which is hilarious, but also apt. This music will creep into your brain and you will find yourself unable to stop humming lyrics that you probably haven't thought about too carefully. And every day it will be a different song; isn't that refreshing?
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