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Media Type: CD
Title: SAY I AM YOU
Street Release Date: 03/07/2006
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I'm hesitant to describe anything about these two very fine musicians or this album because to list a quality both limits and overextends that which I mean to convey. Still, in the spirit of trying to help, I'll muddle through.
Their overall effect is soothing and pleasant without being truly ethereal or slumber inspiring. They never rock. The tempo never exceeds that of a mid-tempo pop song. There are no volume extremities or impressive displays of any instruments. There are never more than 4 chords used in any of the songs.
The above descriptors could all be used negatively. In this case they are used appraisingly.
Oh yeah! The harmonies are B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!
The long and short (or at least less long) of it...
-These two aren't out to impress anybody
-They are very impressive
Deb's voice is somewhat challenging to describe because the voice has bits and pieces of everybody yet the combination doesn't sound like anybody. (a) She has the timbre of Patty Griffin... but she doesn't really sound like Patty Griffin. (b) She has the strain-free delivery similar to that of Dar Williams... but she doesn't really sound like Dar Williams. (c) There's a bit of the richness of Natalie Merchant... but she doesn't really sound like Natalie Merchant. I can confidently state the there is a delightful, consistent lack of vocal strain throughout the album.Read more ›
But here it is. Simply crafted and beautifully sung there's just something incredibly comforting about this album. Nothing complicated or over-reaching...there is absolutely no pretension to be found....isn't that refreshing? They are making music because it's what they enjoy and it shows in every song. And as a previous reviewer noted they never "rock"...so definately not for the heavy metal crowd...but for the rest of us The Weepies should have an honored spot in your musical rotation.
I also love "painting by chagall" and I don't even like Chagall's work all that much. This is the Belle and Sebastian album for people who don't like Belle and Sebastian.
I've gotta have you, I've gotta have you."
Saturday morning, you are still in bed listening to the soothing comfort of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen's voices intertwined in acoustic harmonies mingling effortlessly in an uplifting sunrise of sounds.
As solo artists they both knew how to weave beautiful songs, but together a subtle magic appears and the combination of creative forces drives all the songs to new heights.
So put those blueberry or raspberry muffins in to bake and make a cup of tea. Whoops, jumped back into bed, can't get up for a little longer today. Have to stay in bed all morning listening to this dreamy intoxicating album.
"Gotta Have You" completely captures the mood of longing and dreams. With lyrics like "I thought of you..." the mood deepens into wistful memories in "World Spins Madly On."
"Painting by Chagall" is catchy and surprising wisdom appears in poetic lyrics with a modern folk-pop appeal, you can sink into the Weepies songs and actually feel a sense of elation like feeling in love.
"Living in Twilight" has a warm mood with slow sweeps of sound and intuitive lyrics. Since this was recorded in a rented cottage, some of the comfort of the surroundings have infused the music with a subtle energy. "Stars" is sweet and complex with images of velvet blue and skies of stars.
Throughout the album there is a delicate balance of songs sung by Deb Talan and Steve Tannen and when they blend their voices it gives you a high that seems unique to a few rare albums. I feel dizzy it is that good!
"And I won't be warm till I'm lying in your arms..."
~The Rebecca Review
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is my favorite. I can listen to it whenever, but especially when I am sad. It's just the perfect album that understands me. I can relate to each and every song. Read morePublished 16 months ago by France
Love the ability to harmonize and add background voice parts to such amazing melodies. Hope they're not done, if nothing else I hope they do production work for other artists...Published 17 months ago by HDSmithson
The perfect sunday morning coffee CD. Happy, mellow, lovely music!Published 19 months ago by sunshinemama
Great music and vocals. Enjoyable to listen while working on a project.Published 20 months ago by Gail Temple
If you're a Deb Talan or Weepies fan, you should have this already. Beautiful and personal in a their unique way.Published on January 1, 2014 by J Clifton