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Heartbeats Accelerating
Kate Mcgarrigle & Anna
Heartbeats Accelerating
Genres: Folk, Pop
 
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The Sister's Seventh Album was Released on Former Tangerine Dream Keyboardist Peter Baumann's Private Music Label. Their Sound was Remarkably Different from their Earlier Work with the Addition of Synthesizers and a More E...  more »

      
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All Artists: Kate Mcgarrigle & Anna
Title: Heartbeats Accelerating
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bmg Int'l
Release Date: 10/23/2003
Album Type: Import
Genres: Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 010058207023

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The Sister's Seventh Album was Released on Former Tangerine Dream Keyboardist Peter Baumann's Private Music Label. Their Sound was Remarkably Different from their Earlier Work with the Addition of Synthesizers and a More Electronic Background Cushioning their Tales of Love, Loss and Life. The Title Track was Covered by Linda Ronstadt on her "Winter Light" Album. Critics Took Particular Note of "i Eat Dinner", a Haunting Masterpiece Reflecting the Loneliness of a Failed Relationship.

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In Their Prime
James Carragher | New York | 04/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Heartbeats Accelerating (or, considering the content of most of these songs, Heartbreaks Accelerating) dates to Kate and Anna McGarrigle's best years. Their writing draws from memories of youth, experiences as adults and parents, and collisions with mortality. Their harmonies are complex, buoyant or delicate, and backed with quirky arrangements, often featuring strings or liberal use of the accordion, not exactly a front line pop music instrument north of the Rio Grande. The best songs here are Heartbeats (more prominently recorded by Linda Ronstadt), Love Is (covered by Emmylou Harris), I Eat Dinner, and, my personal favorite since our last child just moved out of the house, I'm Losing You. I listen to this CD and the later Matapedia and think it is too bad the sisters have over the last years faded somewhat into the background in their performances, ceding space to their (to my mind) less interesting children."
A Few More Years Pass
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 11/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album represents a maturing on the part of this team from their original folk roots. This album is tightly conceived, and if it lakes the brightness of their first album, it has gained a great deal of depth and musicality. Also notable is their continued use of material from Phillippe Tatarchef (Rainbow Ride and D.J. Serenade), whose lyrics always surprise and intrigue. There is an intelligence in their musical choices that belies the apparent simplicity of their songs. In a way Heartbeats Accelerating is about the exquisite contrast between the excitement of the title cut and the anguish of I Eat Dinner - both songs that are, at the core about love that is somewhere else, but one talks about anticipation and other about loss and regret. The McGarrigle's use this tension brilliantly right through to the final chorus of St. James Hospital. Love blooms and proceeds inevitably to some final injury.The arrangements are often quite subtle and varied. The two voices, with their nature slightly edgy twang, can move from French chanson styling to pure country without missing a beat. Always though, they are two gentle voices that stand out, even in a storm. This is a sensitive, if somewhat sad album that stand up well to repeated listening."
Such sweet sorrow
Pieter | Johannesburg | 12/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This masterpiece of an album kicks off with the catchy, uptempo title track which is a celebration of romantic love, but the very next song I Eat Dinner is a beautiful description of loneliness and resignation in the absence of romance. The lilting Rainbow Ride is another gem, a melodic song of hope and longing. Throughout the album the voices are pure and gripping, and the harmonising divine, as on the tender Love Is and the poignant I'm Losing You that deals with the feelings of parents seeing a child growing up, in the most poetic lyrics and imagery. Another favorite of mine is Leave Me Be, a very sad song also about the loss of a child. There's an overall feel of sadness to these songs, with the exception of the title track, but it's the most beautiful sorrow you'll ever hear."