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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Loose
  • ASIN: B000I0SGQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,874,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wire Waltz
2. You
3. Modern Love
4. Caroline
5. It's Not Over
6. Understanding
7. Boat
8. Huntsville, 1989
9. Wintering In Brooklyn
10. Foreign Land

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Product Description

The distorted cry of a lap steel guitar slices through the Brooklyn night. A voice sings with aching sweetness and strength. Caressing melodies are barbed with stinging solos. This is the sound of The Last Town Chorus - the revolving ensemble led by singer/writer/lap-steel-guitarist Megan Hickeys. The new album, Wire Waltz, is even deeper, more powerful and more personal than the last and includes the wistful reinvention of David Bowie's 'Modern Love' that was recently featured in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. Wire Waltz is comfort food for wounded souls.

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On this second album by Megan Hickey's band, her nine originals are joined by a spare and emotive reworking of David Bowie's "Modern Love." It is built around her breathy but resonant vocals and her lap steel guitar, the minimal accompaniment (drums, bass, violin, guitar) judiciously utilized for an overall sound that feels old but sounds new. Her lap steel playing truly lends this release its most identifiable and idiosyncratic element. Hickey is capable of slashing density (as on "Caroline"), high and lonesome melodicism ("Boat"), and atmospheric sweeps ("Foreign Land"), but often moving from one approach to another within a given song, seamlessly altering or embellishing moods. She has also come up with songs that have a life of their own. One can imagine songs like "Wintering in Brooklyn" and "It's Not Over" being played by others. Self-produced and recorded, Megan Hickey has a fully formed sense of purpose and a willingness to push herself, not only making this album a powerful work, but raising expectations for anything she decides to do next. --David Greenberger

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Megan Hickey will woo you with her voice and rock you with her guitar!
Jeffrey S. Abelson
I'll definitely be purchasing (and possibly reviewing) their previous, self-titled release as well.
Pat Nelson Childs
Hickey sounds like she's having lots of fun, but in a fierce, controlled way.
BrooklynDwella

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BrooklynDwella on March 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album was not what I expected at all when I first listened, but I really wasn't sure what a lap-steel guitar sounded like, and I certainly didn't know what it could do! Wire Waltz is an album of contrasts and juxtapositions. Hickey sounds like she's having lots of fun, but in a fierce, controlled way. The voice tracks are often slow, minimal, and full of sad, ponderous echos, which are then delicately laid over rebellious, twanging, unpretentious guitar that at any moment can run off into a lively rock-ballad style riff. All of the songs are deliberate, and the band has a clear, defined sound that's like some combination of Patti Griffen and Mazzy Star.

It's an album for listening to (a bunch of times) when you want to feel nostalgic and older, and better for it. Favorite tracks are her David Bowie cover, 'Wire Waltz,' 'I Want You,' and 'Huntsville.'
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey S. Abelson on April 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Megan Hickey will woo you with her voice and rock you with her guitar! While I love the cover of Modern Love - in which Hickey makes the song her own, It's Not Over, Caroline, Wintering In Brooklyn - are haunting and lovely and sad. This record is like fine Scotch - take your time with it - don't gulp, sip!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric O. Clarke on May 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Megan Hickey is one of the most talented musician/poets to come along in a generation. She combines the soul of Nina Simone, the cool of June Christy, the feel for quotidian beauty of Laurie Anderson, with a skill for the lap steel guitar to rival Roy Clark. The lyrical, soothing moments leave you wonderfully unprepared for suprising innovations of tone and technique. This is an album that anyone who appreciates what music and words can do together should own and cherish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Mckeon on March 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just wanted to be the first one to write that judging by the single of the BOWIE Cover this chic rocks. Her mellow harmonies, Juliana Hatfield like voice and steel guitar work can concoct quite the power emo cocktail.
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By D. J. Ammon on May 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wire Waltz is a lovely album. It is very mellow, languid, and atmospheric. It takes its time as it reels you in with a lap steel as the main instrument and the sweet, soft, dreamy vocals. Singer, song-writer and lap steel player, Megan Hickey's voice is not unlike Cat Power, Tiffany Anders or Mazzy Star. I bought the cd after hearing the superior, slowed-down version of David Bowie's "Modern Love" (again similar to Cat Power's superior slowed-down version of The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"). Lyrically smart, "Huntsville, 1989" hits home with lyrics about falling asleep listening to the Smiths, carrying Oscar Wilde books to school and picking friends because they wore the same boots. It was hard to find others like yourself back in 1989 whether in Huntsville, Alabama or in South Western Pennsylvania (which she also mentions in this song). I believe this is the second album by this band, although The Last Town Chorus is basically Megan Hickey's gig. I hope this is the beginning of a long future in song writing and wish her all the best. Her voice takes me places. I am not sure where yet, but away from SW PA at any rate, and that is something for which to be thankful.
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I caught just a few bars of Megan Hickey's "Modern Love" cover in an advertisment for some movie about Princess Di. It was so awesome that I had to hunt down who had recorded it. Boy was I glad I did. Not only is that cover fantastic (I never much cared for the original Bowie version, truth be told), but the rest of "Wire Waltz", the second release by The Last Town Chorus, is equally satisfying. Hickey's slow, deliberate croon pushes all my emo buttons. Her lap steel guitar is what gives the band its signature sound, along with the band's strictly minimalist approach to studio production, which I find a pleasant alternative to so much of the overdubbed pop-rock that's out there today.

Okay I admit, I know nothing about music, which is why I dont usually review it. This cd really grabbed me though, so I had to share my feelings and give the band some props. I'm not an expert, but I like what I like - and this I like, very much. I'll definitely be purchasing (and possibly reviewing) their previous, self-titled release as well.
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I bought this CD after seeing Megan open up for Kathleen Edwards in San Francisco. I was really impressed with her sound, her stage presence, and how the cover of 'Modern Love' stuck in my mind.

On first listen, the CD has a great sound and I was captivated by Megan's voice and the sound of the lap steel. But...after a few listens I found myself getting bored with the sound a few songs in. That is the only problem with this CD: the songs all sound very similar in sound, arrangement and tempo. A little variation in instrumentation and arrangements would have gone a long way to making this a great CD.

I look forward to what she comes up with in the future and will go see her live again if she comes to town.
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