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Something Fierce Double CD, Original recording

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A double album: I. Good Luck with That; II. from Alaska. Marian tackles life, love, astronomy, and beer in her most ambitious project to date. Something Fierce was funded by fans and lovingly recorded in homes and studios all around the country. The music is a little silly but mostly very sincere and honest, mostly acoustic, occasionally symphonic, eclectic, rhythmic and warm with a side of whimsy. Marian approximates the sweeter, wilder improvisational vocals in her live shows more on this record than on any to date. Marian really really really hopes you like it, or at least some of it. Photography by Brian Adams and illustrations by Karen Luke Fildes comprise the extensive album art and liner notes. The double album and 16-page lyric booklet are printed on post-consumer recycled materials and subscribe to Oasis CD's carbon neutral program. Track Listing: Disc 1: 1. Good Morning Moon 2. The Avocado Song 3. Dear Mister Darcy 4. All New (Heart Shut Tight) 5. Free Bird 6. Temporal Dominoes 7. Highway Five 8. Press or Say Three (Your Call is Important to Us) 9. Ina Flew the Coop Disc 2: 1. Whistle While You Wait 2. Early Is as Early Does 3. I Wish I Were a Real Alaskan Girl 4. The Underground (One Bird at a Time) 5. Coffee by Numbers (Faon's Song) 6. Equinox 7. E.S.B. 8. Perilous Road 9. Aurora Borealis 10. Anchorage
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B005WM70B8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Marian Call's music tells stories about love and loss and travel and hard work and many, many cups of coffee. She takes you into space (twice) and takes you to the rocks around the rim. She's with you on the sidewalk in the morning when you're walking just as fast as you can to get to that very first cup of the day, and on the edge of that party where you're standing against the wall and not knowing why nobody is talking to you and kinda not wanting any of them to talk to you either. And she's with you for every guy who said he would and said he would and said he would and then didn't.

The musical style is part folk and part jazz and part cosmic and part torch song and there's even one part that's a bit Muppet. Pick a sample and listen. See what story you get.
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This is definitely an album that rewards repeat listening and paying close attention to the text. One thing that I find fascinating about the music of Marian Call is that I often grow to like those songs that I do not immediately fall in love with the most; initially, the serene ballad "Anchorage" for example did not do much for me, but now it is a song that always puts me in a peaceful state of mind. The first time I listened to "Whistle While You Wait", I did not pay much attention to the lyrics, and the song was nice, but it did not blow me away; when I did listen to her words, it quickly became one of my favorite songs by her.

This is not to say that the songs that I liked from the first note have less depth or that I lose interest in them, but I do think that I prize this process of by and by discovering the things that i love about a song and slowly letting it get its hooks in my heart.

Consequently, I have no recommendation of a single song about which I'd say "Listen to this and it will convince you to buy the album!" My recommendation would be to listen to a few previews, and if the overall sound sounds like something you might like, buy this album. When you have it, take an evening where you sit in an armchair with a nice hot coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate, and then close your eyes and get to know the songs. And if there is one that seems seems to stand a bit apart from you and the songs with which you could immediately just talk the night away, go over to it and get to know it a little better. You might just have found a new friend for life.
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By Patrick Race on November 14, 2011
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This album has weight. It's overflowing with clever, rich material and it's clear that Marian put a big part of her heart into this work. It's revealing in a trusting and fragile way, music that makes you think and stir and hop.

This is music for everyone.
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2 and 1/2 years in the making, "Something Fierce" is a double-album, a 2-CD set with 19 songs and a 16-page booklet of lyrics and photos. In that time she's traveled all 50 states, had some amazing experiences both good and bad, and she returned home to fall in love with Alaska all over again. And all of that went into her music.

Broadly speaking, "Something Fierce, vol 1: Good Luck With That" is about her life and what's happened to her over the last few years, and "Something Fierce, vol 2: From Alaska" is a love letter to her adopted home, but that's far too vague a description for both. It's not as geeky as her previous releases -- one of which was commissioned to be just that -- but she is a proud geek, and so the flavor remains. It's not a single thing at all. There is sad here, very sad, and there is thoughtful, and there is bouncy fun that I guarantee will stick in your head for days. There are the thoughts of someone who has traveled far and done a lot, and there is the expertise of dozens, even hundreds of friends, family and fellow musicians with whom she crafted different parts (I'm in the background of "Goodbye Morning Moon" but I don't think I damaged it any). There are sections she recorded in hotel rooms and in studios, with raucous crowds and by herself, and with every instrument you can think of, including, of course, typewriter, rainstick and deceased cat.

But what it really is, is Marian. It's a look inside her head. It's her thoughts and her humor and her heart. It's the powerful voice we knew she had, further tempered into a finely wrought tool by, basically, life. And I haven't really told you a damn thing about the songs, because a) I hate spoilers and b) it's easier to just show you. Head to SoundCloud for samples, or listen to (and maybe buy) Good Morning Moon and Anchorage. Go to her live shows or listen to her occasional concert webcasts (check her site for times). And then order "Something Fierce."
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For those of you who have discovered Marian Call's combination of jazzy, folky, geeky music, know that this album is easily her strongest yet. She fills every song with passion, whether for outer space, geek culture, or her adopted home of Alaska, and it shines through. A delight, give it a try!
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I have been following Marian Call on recommendation from Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer) and because I liked her "Nerd Anthem". When she announced an upcoming album (this one, Something Fierce), I thought, why not, I like to support struggling singer-songwriters.

I was completely amazed at how really really good and engaging this album was. Far surpassing all of her previous albums. I put it on my iTouch. When I drove to NJ, I played it once on the way up and twice on the way back. Mr. Darcy is my favorite (and she even has a video to go with it on yourube). I have not been much of a fan of jazz, but this is opening a new vista. Her voice has matured. Strong, confident and spot-on. The timing and rhythms hold my attention. Definitely my favorite for 2011.
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