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Miss America
Miss America
Genre: Folk
 
Out of print in the U.S. Mesmerizing 1988 debut album from this highly original Canadian songstress (and sister of actress Catherine O'Hara). This critically adored album was actually recorded in '84 but legal wrangling h...  more »

      
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Title: Miss America
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Genre: Folk
Style: Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Out of print in the U.S. Mesmerizing 1988 debut album from this highly original Canadian songstress (and sister of actress Catherine O'Hara). This critically adored album was actually recorded in '84 but legal wrangling held it up for four years. Her songwriting and vocal skills were unique, and her musical outlook influenced many female performers that have appeared on the scene in the last few decades. Although Miss America introduced the world to a fantastic new talent, she has yet to follow it up with a second album proper. Virgin.

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Earth to Koch, come in Koch!
Boxodreams | district of columbia | 11/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Um, one of the finest recordings in your catalog and out of print? Sometimes you have to carry a loss leader because it simply must be available to the public. I know, I know, this is a business and you've got to move units, but, please, Mary Margaret O'Hara is one of the world's great treasures and she surfaces about as often as Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, bestowing on us a tantalizing glimpse of her magnificence, which only leads to greater fascination. Remaster and release and your karma will improve tenfold. Thank you."
A long time fan writes...
Herman's Dad | Todmorden, UK | 06/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this album in '88 and immediately fell in love. The songs are beautifully written and arranged, the musicians are insightful and edgy, and Mary Margaret O'Hara is wonderful. In the early '90's, MMO'H played a gig in London and it remains the weirdest gig I've ever been to, some very weird people shouting "rubbish" and an annoying photographer who started having a go at me, and the pair of us nearly going outside for a bit of argy-bargy!? MMO'H writhed and shook, the band clanged, boomed and steamed and I had one of the best nights of my life. Like Billie Holiday or Tom Waits, MMO'H is a true original and Miss America is a masterpiece. What more can I say?"
Unlike anything you've heard before...
Stephanie Hogan | W-B PA | 08/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own the original 1988 version of this CD (bought from a guy named Roman who ran an underground record store in the ruins of a grand hotel, but that's another story). This album defies description; not quite jazz, definitely not rock, elements of country and blues, with MMOH's amazing voice carrying the whole thing forward. The first bass notes of "Anew Day" always bring me joy, as do the closing lines of "You Will Be Loved Again" (check out Cowboy Junkies' cover): the tension of "Not Be Alright" and "My Friends Have", the longing of "Dear Darling" and "Help Me Lift You Up", the cynicism of "Year in Song"... Oh, just buy the CD and listen! You will soon see why this album is still on my MP3 player nearly 20 years after I first heard it."