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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Most women sign up for university classes once they get the kids off to school. But not Edie Brickell. The quirky singer who led the Texas-based roots rock titans the New Bohemians to chart glory in 1990 with the slacker a... more »
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Most women sign up for university classes once they get the kids off to school. But not Edie Brickell. The quirky singer who led the Texas-based roots rock titans the New Bohemians to chart glory in 1990 with the slacker anthem "What I Am" is making another run at the charts with her first solo album in almost a decade. Married to Paul Simon for the past nine years, Brickell thankfully wasn't watching soap operas while raising her three children. Instead, she diligently studied acoustic guitar with Howard Morgen, penned more than a dozen new songs in the past two years, and then called up her Texas crony Charlie Sexton to produce her first album since her inconsistent, yet lyrically beautiful, Picture Perfect Morning back in 1994. Less frenetic and verbose than the stuff she did with the Bohemians, Volcano finds the singer collecting small, seemingly mundane moments and elevating them to a folksy profundity as she weaves her tales of restless, ill-starred, but proud women. The title track seethes with restlessness, and is underpinned with a gothic tension that recalls the young Bobbie Gentry on her smash hit "Ode to Billie Joe." Equally chilling, and just as poignant, is her sad tale of love and abandonment on "What Would You Do," showing Brickell's growing narrative talents. When she's not spinning her disturbing tales, Brickell is the consummate chanteuse as she recounts her courtship to Simon on the breathy and seductive "Once In A Blue Moon," or fogs up the windows in "More than Friends"--the thinking women's love song. --Jaan Uhelszki
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Mark D. Prouse | Riverdale (Bronx), NY | 07/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Every now and then, I read reviews of CD's that have been out for a while, and decide that I need to make a comment. Some folks seem to think that when an artist changes their creative direction and even their basic style and/or subject matter (for whatever reason; marriage to another prominent musician, children, etc.), they have "sold out" for commercial success, or even worse, that they have betrayed their fan base. When Joni Mitchell came out with her heavily synthesized, and extremely political DOG EAT DOG, one could practically hear the collective screams of her longtime fans around the world. The critics were merciless (PLEASE, Joni, go back to writing love songs)! Although, in retrospect, DOG EAT DOG is not one of Joni's most enduring works, it paved the way for a new artistic direction, and some of her late period masterpieces like NIGHT RIDE HOME and TURBULENT INDIGO combined social and political commentary with the more intimate, confessional qualities she had been known for. VOLCANO has not been pulverized by the critics in the way that DOG EAT DOG was, but there has been lots of dismay expressed by those who wanted Edie Brickell to remain as she was, a cool bohemian with a major streak of eccentricity, qualities she seems to have traded in for domestic bliss (a sort of reversal of what happened with Mitchell). One reviewer here feels no passion in Brickell's new music. Here's were I beg to differ; this music takes small, everyday subject matter and converts it to poetry. The singing and the musicianship are at once tight and relaxed. This is a very neat record that contains little hidden moments of reflection and revelation to be discovered upon repeated listening. I really liked PICTURE PERFECT morning (and seem to part with majority opinion on that one), but this later CD is more immediate and raw, and at the same time, more polished and sophisticated. I can't wait to hear the results of her upcoming reunion the New Bohemians, and I have little doubt that what she has learned as a solo performer will only enhance her new group work."
Sweet, sweet album
Jill | 10/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great CD all-around. It's easy listening but it has that Brickell edge to it. Sure, it's loads different from Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars, but Edie still refuses to conform to other popular musicians' standards and that's what works for this CD. A few of the tracks like The Messenger and Take a Walk sound like she is talking to her child. It's very enchanting and sweet. Much more warm and inviting than some of her earlier stuff, which was fun, but this is much deeper."
Melodic and original
Jill | 10/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my 1st album of hers and she impressed me. Extremely melodic and original. Remember when you felt like you've listened to the same songs over and over again? You won't find it in this album. Each song is carefully written and unique without leaving its alternative genre. She may surprise you in some occasion with original sounds. "Oo La La" is an example, you'll hear some Paul Simon influence in this song too. No complicated guitar playing, just some light drum beat. "Once In a Blue Moon" and "Volcano" are two very emotionally melodic songs. In "Volcano" song she started with some blues tunes, but it was then balanced with some sweet pleasant sound. For a not-so-big fan of blues like me, this is a clever finish touch. "What Would You Do" is a very quiet song, just her vocal and a guitar playing. (...) Perfect for some rainy days and driving out in the country side."