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War and Peace
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
One of my recurring fantasies is imagining Syd Straw in the no-rules wrestling ring with Alanis Morissette, Shirley Manson, and Sheryl Crow, wiping the floor with their self-important butts and showing them how a real woma... more »
One of my recurring fantasies is imagining Syd Straw in the no-rules wrestling ring with Alanis Morissette, Shirley Manson, and Sheryl Crow, wiping the floor with their self-important butts and showing them how a real woman makes hard-rockin' art out of her relationship woes. Never easily pigeonholed or tied down, singer, songwriter, and wandering spirit Straw wound up living in Chicago, recording her category-defying sounds in Missouri, and putting them out on the Nashville-based Capricorn Records. But the label that made Southern rock famous was as unlikely home, and War and Peace never connected with either the modern-rock or roots-rock crowds that it should have appealed to. Poignant, passionate, it's powered by the world's greatest garage band, the Skeletons. It's also filled with songs such as "The Toughest Girl In the World" (a moving declaration that Straw is anything but), "CBGB's" (a tale of a one-night stand that began at the infamous punk club), and the love-lost ballad "All Things Change. " They're unforgettable-just like Straw herself. Jim Derogatis
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Richard M. from ELMIRA, NY
Reviewed on 1/18/2007...
The same tracks and cover art but this CD is on the Capricorn Label
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Let Those Guitars Ring!
James Carragher | New York | 05/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In War and Peace you get Syd Straw's terrific singing voice backed by the Skeletons, a bar/garage band that rocks loud (much better here, I think, than on their own CD)and often. It's a great match. Straw rangs right up there with Amy Rigby and the Go-Go's in picking jerk boyfriends, but the music she makes of these broken relationships is often superb. The Toughest Girl in the World, Million Miles, CBGB, and Madrid are the best cuts, where her longing, anguished, and plain furious vocals soar against the rousing Skeletons guitars and drums to project a party-through-the heartache determination. All Things Change, Howl, and Black Squirrel fall considerably short of the rest of the 14 cuts, however. The latter two are particularly overwrought. Leave them off and you've got an eleven track 5-star classic. As it is, War and Peace is still powerful evidence of rock's ability to make even the bad times something good."
Syd rocks out on war and peace
Ms. Adele L. Abrams | 02/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"although War and Peace doesn't have the slick production of Surprise, Syd Straw's first solo album, this one is much truer to Syd's live shows. Pure honest American garage rock with excellent songwriting and memorable tunes that get under your skin. Syd is as funny as she is talented as a singer and the humor shines through on many songs. Once you get to know her music, you can't help but love this very talented highly under-rated singer/songwriter. If you're lucky enough to catch one of her rare live shows, you'll be hooked. Check out her records with The Golden Palominos as well."