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Sound of You & Me
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Vocal warmth, melodic lilt and lyrical intimacy highlight the music of Garrison Starr, whose fifth album continues her progression from pop innocence to a more reflective brand of songcraft. Coproduced by Brad Jones and Ne... more »
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Vocal warmth, melodic lilt and lyrical intimacy highlight the music of Garrison Starr, whose fifth album continues her progression from pop innocence to a more reflective brand of songcraft. Coproduced by Brad Jones and Neilson Hubbard (who provides instrumental and vocal support), the stripped-down arrangements give Starr's songs of emotional resilience and spiritual resonance plenty of room to breathe, with acoustic guitar occasionally punctuated by piano, minimal percussion and chamber strings. Where much of the music tends toward the folkier side of Starr's artistry, a swirl of strings and a flurry of electric guitar bring "Big Enough" to a Beatlesque climax. Starr hasn't lost her affinity for a catchy hook, as the irresistible "Let Me In" and "Beautiful in Los Angeles" attest, but the prevailing mood here is less buoyant, most bittersweet. --Don McLeese
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Keith Sparbanie | www.PIXburgh.US | 04/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Garrison Starr is that rare artist who continues to astonish with each and every new effort released during her career. Her growth as a writer, vocalist, and performer exceeds all expectations and leaves my jaw hanging in utter amazement.
"The Sound of You & Me" is her most intimately personal and emotionally moving collection of songs to date. Mature and worldly... yet innocent. Relaxed, confident, and strong... yet fragile. There is a longing in her voice, an ache, a loneliness... combined with the knowledge and wisdom of one who has survived the hurt and pain.
Garrison Starr is honest enough to bare her troubled soul, sweet enough to offer you hope, and gifted enough to craft melodies you will cherish throughout your own life.
Pop music simply doesn't get much better than this. Brilliant!"
Stephen Doig | New Zealand | 04/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Garrison Starr just gets better and better, and with her latest offering the Nashville based singer-songwriter has continued that upward creative curve. The Sound Of You & Me is one of those rare, perfectly formed albums where you wouldn't want to add, subtract or change a single note.
Compared to her past material, The Sound Of You & Me has less twang and more of an acoustic pop feel, whilst also retaining a sense of folkish introspection befitting of Starr's intimate, heartfelt lyrics about a failed love affair. The production here is absolutely flawless, and sometimes this can lead to material that is about as emotionally resonant as a piece of styrofoam. Thankfully, this collection not only sounds beautiful, it also stirs the soul, snags the breath and elevates the heart-rate with alarming frequency. Desire, regret, yearning, and achingly good hooks ..... it's all here, and sometimes all within the space of one song.
As a devoted music listener, I've come to prize that all too rare feeling of elation that comes from connecting to a record instantly - and one listen to The Sound Of You & Me was all it took to make the transition from liking Garrison Starr's work to loving it. Unfailingly lovely.
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Even better hearing her in a live setting
El Steve | Long Beach, CA 90814 | 04/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all her albums, I think this latest one best expresses what it's like to hear Ms. Starr perform live. She's amazing. When you're sitting 10 feet away from her in a small club, and you hear that penetrating voice, and those poignant lyrics, it can be quite a rewarding experience. And on this album, Garrison does a fantastic job of bringing that brilliance to everyone who isn't fortunate enough to see her. Most of the songs seem somewhat sad, but mostly in a reflective way, as if she were singing about these items in a retrospective sort of way. Painful, but free from the pain.
Some personal favorites are: Beautiful in Los Angeles, Pendulum, No Man's Land, Pretending, and Sing it Like a Victim. I highly recommend purchasing this album. It's a great one for a long road trip...."