Powered by Google
Home
Listings
Editors' Picks
News
Music
Movies
Food
Life
Arts + Books
Rec Room
Moonsigns
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Personals
Adult Personals
Classifieds
Adult Classifieds
- - - - - - - - - - - -
stuff@night
FNX Radio
Band Guide
MassWeb Printing
- - - - - - - - - - - -
About Us
Contact Us
Advertise With Us
Work For Us
Newsletter
RSS Feeds
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Webmaster
Archives



sponsored links
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
PassionShop.com
Sex Toys - Adult  DVDs - Sexy  Lingerie


 
  E-Mail This Article to a Friend
 

Sarah Harmer
ALL OF OUR NAMES
(ZoŽ/Rounder)
Stars graphics

On her second solo album, Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer crosses from inviting melancholia into outright depression. The latter can be good for inspiration, but in this case thereís far too little of the pop sparkle that made her label debut, 2000ís You Were Here, such a grabber. The long wait between albums would suggest a spell of writerís block, and that suspicion is borne out by the material: isolation and emptiness are the recurring themes, with two songs referring to being left alone on the holidays. And the music proves too low-key to provide the catharsis sheís after, particularly in the albumís relentlessly slow second half. Her home-studio recording adds to the flatness of the sound: you can almost guess when the Portishead rhythm loops are going to show up. And her flair for melody, which was evident both on the debut and in her Squeeze-like former band Weeping Tile, is absent here. The tune of "Tether" bears a nagging ó and I do mean nagging ó resemblance to Air Supplyís best-forgotten "All Out of Love."

Harmerís vocals still have a charming vulnerability that makes up for some of the rough spots. And the song being worked to adult-contemporary radio, "Almost," is terrific; but it also sounds like a throwback to the debut ó both for its post-break-up lyric and its more aggressive, guitar-driven sound. Whatís more telling is that the disc opens and closes with songs about sleep, which is where even fans of her previous work may wind up.

BY BRETT MILANO


Issue Date: March 19 - 25, 2004
Back to the Music table of contents
  E-Mail This Article to a Friend
 









about the phoenix |  advertising info |  Webmaster |  work for us
Copyright © 2005 Phoenix Media/Communications Group