601143103223
All Of Our Names

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Format: CD
Label: ZOE RECORDS
Catalog: 431032
Rel. Date: 03/23/2004
UPC: 601143103223

All Of Our Names
Artist: Sarah Harmer
Format: CD
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It's been nearly four years since Sarah Harmer released her acclaimed debut, You Were Here, but All of Our Names was well worth the wait. Anyone who was lassoed by the evocative, richly drawn songcraft of that first album is amply rewarded by the growth the Canadian singer/songwriter (formerly of the band Weeping Tile) exhibits on these new songs, recorded in her countryside home near Kingston, Ontario. There's real weight to this album, not only lyrically but also in Harmer's carefully constructed songs, which range from the delicate shimmer of "Pendulums," "Dandelions in Bullet Holes" and "Things to Forget" to the soaring country of "Silver Road" and the near-rock attack of "Almost," whose textural overtones and urgent electric guitar riff hail from the ambient side of the Cure. Harmer's sense of dynamics is more pronounced this time, too; "Took It All," for instance, deploys a gentle guitar pattern over a lo-fi drum loop before swelling into a full-bodied chorus, while "Greeting Card Aisle" starts with a plucky acoustic tattoo and adds elements and volume so subtly that the build is almost imperceptible. All of Our Names also sports plenty of the relationship paeans that populated You Were Here, but the tone is less heartbroken and more reflective-even, in the case of "Almost," optimistic. "Dandelions in Bullet Holes," meanwhile, offers something of a socio-political treatise on living under the specter of war. A long gap between albums sometimes indicates creative tumult; in Harmer's case, it was time well spent.

"It's been nearly four years since Sarah Harmer released her acclaimed debut, You Were Here, but All of Our Names was well worth the wait. Anyone who was lassoed by the evocative, richly drawn songcraft of that first album is amply rewarded by the growth the Canadian singer/songwriter (formerly of the band Weeping Tile) exhibits on these new songs, recorded in her countryside home near Kingston, Ontario. There's real weight to this album, not only lyrically but also in Harmer's carefully constructed songs, which range from the delicate shimmer of ""Pendulums,"" ""Dandelions in Bullet Holes"" and ""Things to Forget"" to the soaring country of ""Silver Road"" and the near-rock attack of ""Almost,"" whose textural overtones and urgent electric guitar riff hail from the ambient side of the Cure. Harmer's sense of dynamics is more pronounced this time, too; ""Took It All,"" for instance, deploys a gentle guitar pattern over a lo-fi drum loop before swelling into a full-bodied chorus, while ""Greeting Card Aisle"" starts with a plucky acoustic tattoo and adds elements and volume so subtly that the build is almost imperceptible. All of Our Names also sports plenty of the relationship paeans that populated You Were Here, but the tone is less heartbroken and more reflective-even, in the case of ""Almost,"" optimistic. ""Dandelions in Bullet Holes,"" meanwhile, offers something of a socio-political treatise on living under the specter of war. A long gap between albums sometimes indicates creative tumult; in Harmer's case, it was time well spent.

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