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Old 04-05-2007, 07:31 PM   #1
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Anyone heard any of her music? What do you think? I've heard some of her songs and the harp is gorgeous and so are the lyrics, but I'm having a bit of trouble appreciating her voice, and I normally really love unusual voices.
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I take it your not a fan, eh? LOL
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I checked out her latest CD and was annoyed after five minutes. I gave it another ten minutes to see if I changed my mind.

I didn't.
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I checked out her latest CD and was annoyed after five minutes. I gave it another ten minutes to see if I changed my mind.

I didn't.
People insist I'll change my mind but I haven't.

That said, I wouldn't mind seeing her live to see what the fuss is all about.
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great musician, her voice is a little difficult but I don't have problems with that, I like difficult things

"Ys" is beautiful, great lyrics, but probably "The Milk-Eyed Mender" is a better place to start
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The seventeenth century called. It wants its music back.
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Yeah, I couldn't get into it either. I don't see what the big whoop is either.
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The seventeenth century called. It wants its music back.
I'm pretty sure she would have equally sucked back then.
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great musician, her voice is a little difficult but I don't have problems with that, I like difficult things

"Ys" is beautiful, great lyrics, but probably "The Milk-Eyed Mender" is a better place to start
I tend to like difficult things too; I find my appreciation for them lasts far longer than for an easily accessible 3 minute pop song.
Milk-Eyed Mender is the one I've been listening to but her voice hasn't grown on me yet.
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The seventeenth century called. It wants its music back.
She can play songs on the lute with Sting.

I love how the iTunes reviews have to spew out bullshit about her "interesting and engaging vocals" too.

I guess that's code for shit?
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Some scene kid was like "yeah I saw them at this church thingie and she was alright" and I was all like uh huh cool so when do we get the Arcade Fire tickets?
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I had to review "Ys" for a magazine and have mercy, I struggled to find clever ways to be polite but also have some distance and not say "Ooh I hated it!"

Her voice is alright, but ultimately, 5 songs in an hour that drone on and on without any structure or melody was just too much. I love epic poems, and this was close. The lyrics were lovely but...good lord one of the most challenging records I've ever heard.
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I love her work more than I like her as an artist
which probably means that I can see how she could suck, but still somehow absolutely love her work

Ys is quite remarkable
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I liked her voice pretty much straight away even though I can totally see why for many people it would be more preferrable to listen to nails on the chalkboard, Her singing is such a bizarre mix of a five-year-old child and an ancient cackling crone.

I thought that Ys would be very hard to listen to after I had a look at the tracks' running time but surprisingly enough it went down well from the first listen. I really like her lyrics, as well.
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