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Got No Shadow
Mary Lou Lord
Got No Shadow
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Like Elliott Smith before her, Mary Lou Lord jumped ship from indie-rock-cred factory Kill Rock Stars and left behind the small scale, jewel-box renderings of her folk songs. Her new work, describing the wanderlust days sh...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Mary Lou Lord
Title: Got No Shadow
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/27/1998
Release Date: 1/27/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074646757420, 074646757444, 5099748870827

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Like Elliott Smith before her, Mary Lou Lord jumped ship from indie-rock-cred factory Kill Rock Stars and left behind the small scale, jewel-box renderings of her folk songs. Her new work, describing the wanderlust days she spent between her home in Boston and her West Coast hideouts of Olympia and Los Angeles, are layered with multitracked vocals and vibrant guitars. "Western Union Desperate" features a Byrds-y 12-string interlude, and the doubled vocals on "Shake Sugaree" will have you thinking that you went to bed in 1998 and woke up in Topanga Canyon circa 1974 during the So-Cal folk rock heyday. The hum of "His Latest Flame" shows that Lord isn't straying too far from her indie-pop roots, she's just stretching out to fit the larger frame that a record deal affords. --Lois Maffeo

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Pure pop (for what that's worth...)
John O'Hara | Boston, MA USA | 06/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to be Indie and still sell records, and therefore make a living. Mary Lou Lord may have shed her Indie skin by recording "Got No Shadow," but this overproduced (yet nonetheless enjoyable) album remains her finest, and one of my favourites. It doesn't matter who she covers or how much of a role she played in the production of the disc, the songs remain non-fattening caramel, taste intact, with whipped-cream on top. It's hard not to enjoy Lord's harmony and Eliott Smith's guitar on "Shake Sugaree," the most catchiest refrain I've ever heard on "The Lucky One," and the selfish sad sweetness captured on "Two Boats." The additional instruments on many of the tracks sometimes seem generic, or more softly, unneccecary, but every song bears a repeat listening, if you know what I mean. I don't buy that every instrument, solo, or influence came directly from Lord, but a good many of the songs are mature, and, in my opinion, help Mary Lou on her road to becomming a more polished, mature musician. With the exception of the Eliott Smith written "I Figured You Out," off of the otherwise sub-par "Martian Saints" EP, the pop gem "Got No Shadow" is Lord's finest to date. Suspend your disbelief and love "Got No Shadow.""
An overlooked gem
John O'Hara | 10/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great album by the kind of artist you really want to see succeed. It's packed with great songs--some moving, some fun, all interesting. I hope she's around for a long, long time. Unlike the poor genius who inspired "Jingle Jangle Morning"."
Outstanding album all the way!
Mark@Haralson.com | Turpin, OK | 12/17/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I usually don't buy CDs by female artists (with few exceptions) but I highly recommend this album to anyone who likes acoustic music with smooth vocals. Heard one cut on Spinner.com and had to have it... She is addicting!"