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Although I’ve not been quite as blown away by Kim Deal’s recent 7” series than some around here these are still a special collection of songs and, of course, highly collectable. This is the third in the series, and is very similar to the others in style in that it's a folky, twinkly affair with lyrics which immediately hit to the heart. This is the difference between the talents ...

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Are You Mine / Wish I Was by Kim Deal
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 November 2013

Although I’ve not been quite as blown away by Kim Deal’s recent 7” series than some around here these are still a special collection of songs and, of course, highly collectable.

This is the third in the series, and is very similar to the others in style in that it's a folky, twinkly affair with lyrics which immediately hit to the heart. This is the difference between the talents of Frank Black and Kim Deal. Black is clever, knowing, but his music sometimes seems emailed in, as if unconnected to the heart that beats beneath. With Kim there’s no such barrier. This is just what she is. A direct line to her inner workings.

The track has a 50s style chord sequence to which Deal picks careful words and sings them over. It's as simple as that, but once it's over you sort of want to burst into tears or give her a hug (or both).  The B side is a really nice, slightly surfy instrumental with typical Deal bass line and some almost improvised guitar licks. What is special about it is the production. You kind of feel like you are in the room with the band. Noise, warmth and unassuming grace as someone once said.

In a recent interview, the remaining Pixies were asked what they’d lost with Deal’s departure and they answered “backing vocals”. Recent releases and performances have confirmed the obvious that they have lost so much more, and if they can’t see that then they are likely to continue plodding on with their so-so efforts while Deal quietly produces the really special music.

 

8/10 Alex Customer review, 19th December 2013

I remember many years ago someone playing me a Pixies record and I never quite forgot the sound coming from that, to me, and this is what a personal review of a record should be is that Kim puts emotion and thought into music as that's what comes out of my 7 inch record - poetically mellow yet musically vivid.


9/10 Melz Customer review, 27th November 2013

Ceramic ornaments aside, this is a lovely, tender, chugging ballad propelled by Kim's distinctively ashen vocals. For the first time since, probably, the time that Kim dueted with Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly and the Breeders) on This Mortal Coil's track, 'You and Your Sister'; we can feel the heartbreaking dichotomy that exists within this song. It should be simply beautiful. But, tainted with questions and doubts and darkness, the resultant whole, is made up of fragmented, disconnected segments - that might only make sense, after speaking with the lady in question. "I have no mind, for nothing but love." You see - Kim Deal is always going to be an enigma. Albeit it an extroverted, heart-on-sleeve enigma - but this song again, offers us the part of her, that we don't often get to see. It seems to be the culmination of a lifetime's work in the music arena - with the Pixies, with the Breeders. And with the recent departure from the Pixies, perhaps Kim is carving her truth again. And you've just got to love those ornaments, haven't you?


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