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- Wild & Foolish Heart by Suzanne Langille & Neel Murgai
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 November 2010
This is certainly a singular vision. The music pretty much consists of someone clattering a drum whilst Langille adds pained, edgy vocals over the top. Her voice is reminiscent of Patti Smith or Thalia Zedek, the music is rhythm only with no melody which creates an eery, unnerving air to proceedings not dissimilar to that on David Sylvians latest effort where barely a note is played in anger. Its a difficult, at times painful listen and the lack of instrumentation leaves the album as a whole sounding samey although the vocals are impressive throughout - there's a very fine line between Langille's vocals and those of Beth Orton, in fact there's barely a difference. This is so far out there at times and downright despondent that it almost beggars belief.
8/10 byron coley Customer review, 26th November 2010i usually find the norman site's comments interesting and informative, but i think this particular review is something less than that. it is difficult for me to know whether the reviewer is unaware of suzanne's long history as an artist, or is simply choosing to ignore it, but i feel the context in which this release appears is an important component of the whole. langille's many collaborations with loren mazzacane connors -- both in duo and with haunted house -- very much inform the textures and emotional flow of her work, and to not-cite this historical fact is to skip a crucial element. furthermore, this is her first recording as a leader after 20+ years of work. another fact worth noting? i'd say so. there can be no arguing with opinion, of course, but it seems clear to me that anyone who enjoys the more mysterious breezes of the american underground -- especially those could can appreciate the blues foundations of connors' and jandek's work -- would swoon for suzanne's solo debut. but those are just my two cents, bc
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