7/10 Ian Staff review, 15 August 2013
Portland, Oregon’s Laura Veirs returns with her latest for Bella Union Records, ‘Warp And Weft’ has Veirs in her usual alt-country, americana sound but with a bit more electric guitar oomph, we begin with ‘Sun Song’, a typical country ballad in the vein of her more earlier material and then followed by ‘America’ which has a real alt-rock sound that reminds me of the likes of Juliana Hatfield and Gemma Hayes, Laura has one of those voices that is angelic and pretty but at the same time doesn’t have that trained, perfect R&B, vocal acrobatics thing that so many american female singers seem to have, she has a sort of down to earth singing style that has more in common with say Beth Orton or Tara Jane O’Neil.
‘Warp And Weft’ is still brimming with acoustic singer/songwriter stuff like ‘Shape Shifter’ that has some great violin and glockenspiel in it, she really ups the rock on this album too though with ‘Ghosts Of Louisville’ having an ace fuzz guitar sound on it. For an artist that is usually associated with mournful, introspective acoustic music, ‘Warp And Weft’ is a pleasant surprise and really rocks out when you least expect it.
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