Album Review

Warp and Weft

Warp and Weft

by Laura Veirs

Bella Union
6 / 10
23rd September 2013

Reviewed by Janine Harrison

Warp and Weft is Laura Veirís ninth studio album, and if you like her previous efforts, youíll like this one too. It doesnít differ much; offering more of her simplistic lyrics, pedal guitar and multitude of jazz, folk and rock guest artists.

From a non-fanís point of view, the album begins well with the gorgeous 'Sun Song'; from the opening bars this is evocative of riding Route 66 with the top down in 70s California with Neko Case adding her own brand of cool.

It never really matches this giddy height again as each song that follows is a mixture of bland lyrics, reedy vocals and a cacophony of instruments all vying for attention; 'Dorothy of the Island' is an adaption of American Folk classic 'Motherless Children' but here it appears only childishly preachy.

The choice of collaborators on the album, such as Neko Case and KD Lang, only highlight the gulf between Laura Veirs and those artists. It's not that they're more talented, just more enjoyable to listen to. Warp and Weft wonít be bringing any new fans to the party, but old fans will love this nonetheless.

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