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Yelling at Mary
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
It's hard to avoid the echoes of Sheryl Crow and Nanci Griffith in Mary Karlzen's Yelling at Mary. As with Crow and Griffith, Karlzen's reedy soprano and acoustic guitar are backed by folk-rock arrangements on songs which ... more »
It's hard to avoid the echoes of Sheryl Crow and Nanci Griffith in Mary Karlzen's Yelling at Mary. As with Crow and Griffith, Karlzen's reedy soprano and acoustic guitar are backed by folk-rock arrangements on songs which are convincingly personal and irrepressibly melodic. On her major-label debut after two indie releases, though, Karlzen never sounds like an imitator; she seems more like the equal of Crow and Griffith. If you listen closely, in fact, you'll find that Karlzen rocks harder and more infectiously than her better-known colleagues. The album is full of catchy melodies so closely fitted to a pressing rhythm that it's hard to tell one from the other. The result is a fistful of potential hit singles, most notably "Everybody's Sleeping" and "Another Town, Another Place." The first single, however, is the exuberant love song, "I'd Be Lying," which was lifted intact from Karlzen's '93 EP, Hide. --Geoffrey Himes
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember reading about Mary Karlzen a few years ago when she was in Nashville trying to get a break. I saw her video once on CMT, and she disappeared. I think it's because she's ten times more talented than anybody in Nashville, and they couldn't handle the fact that she didn't "fit in." In my opinion, there is not a bad song on this album, and I can't ever remember saying that about any other record. She knows how to rock that guitar, and her lyrics are thoughtful and moving. There are a lot of songs on here that hit you ("Wooden Man", "Dimestore Life"), and they left me wishing for more. I've told everybody I can about her, but she's not a run of the mill artist, and thus just does not get the radio time or listeners that she deserves."
One of the Finest
John Jones | Raleigh, North Carolina USA | 07/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Too often the best music and the best artists never make the radio airwaves. Mary Karlzen's album is among the best work in pop music in the last 15 years. My CD collection numbers more than 700 and I consider Yelling at Mary to be one of the best in the collection. Pop music melodies with deep, emotional lyrics make this album a real treasure."