Laura Veirs

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Carbon Glacier is really a good cd. Her latest Year of Meteors is also very good. I don't have any of her prior cds so I can't comment on them. Any other fans here?

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Friday, 27 January 2006 00:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yes, big ups. Her flat singing style can be an acquired taste, but she's one of the most intriguing new lyricists out there, methinks. I actually enjoy Year of Meteors more than Carbon Glacier, song-for-song. An unpopular opinion, but still.

Myke Weiskopf (Myke Weiskopf), Friday, 27 January 2006 01:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't which one I like better, they are both very good however.

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Friday, 27 January 2006 01:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I started to like her - well, ok, I liked one song and was ready to like more, but the indie-folk singing got to me. Can't really listen now.

TRG (TRG), Friday, 27 January 2006 01:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I loved "Rapture". The rest took some getting used to.

Clifontb, Friday, 27 January 2006 02:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'Secret Someones' is just gorgeous. 'Galaxies', 'Magnetized', 'Rialto', 'Cool Water' & 'Parisian Dream' aren't far behind.

pollyanna, Friday, 27 January 2006 10:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the new album really surprised me - love it. and i normally dont go for this type of thing.

mark e (mark e), Friday, 27 January 2006 10:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Carbon Glacier" is a masterpiece, "Year of Meteors" is also very good. I also love the song "The Devil's Hootenanny" off "Troubled by the Fire".

sibsi (sibsi), Friday, 27 January 2006 10:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I haven't warmed to her earlier stuff as much, but my favorites are "Lake Swimming" and "Magnetized." Astonishing.

Myke Weiskopf (Myke Weiskopf), Friday, 27 January 2006 12:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like Year of Meteors quite a bit. Kind of reminds me of Mary Timony/Helium stuff in that melodic but melancholy and tough way. Good lyrics too. I need to hear Carbon Glaciers.

o. nate (onate), Friday, 27 January 2006 15:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Trouble By Fire is the best

AAAA, Saturday, 28 January 2006 04:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Laura Veirs is tremendous. I like Year of Meteors more too. She deserves all the attention she gets.

Stephen C (ihope), Saturday, 28 January 2006 12:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

any negative comments?
this thread is kind of top heavy

Idle Idle (idleidleidle), Saturday, 28 January 2006 15:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't like the cover of Year of Meteors.

Stephen C (ihope), Saturday, 28 January 2006 19:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like the cover of Meteors. I think Veirs is sexy in a bookwormy kinda way.

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Saturday, 28 January 2006 20:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

any negative comments?
this thread is kind of top heavy

God forbid. :-)

Myke Weiskopf (Myke Weiskopf), Saturday, 28 January 2006 21:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Get yer negative comments here:

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/42270-saltbreakers

4.7, ouch. Is the new one really that bad? I previewed a few tracks on Amazon - it didn't sound radically different than "Year of Meteors".

I got "Troubled by the Fire" recently, and I really like the more prominent country sound on that one. Wish that she'd do more in that vein, rather than the spacey atmospherics.

o. nate, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 17:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

The new one is awesome.

Davey D, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 17:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm inclined to take that Pitchfork pan with a football-sized chunk of salt - since the author seems more intent on judging her based on his own preconceived notion of what she's trying to do than on her actual music. His lumping her in with the Decemberists, Sufjan, and Joanna Newsom sets off alarm bells in the first paragraph. It's hard to tell whether he blames Veirs for trying to be these artists and failing, or for not trying to be them. He starts off claiming the former, but by the end of the review he pretty much concedes that his main gripe is the latter.

o. nate, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 18:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

hey, don't lump the decemberists, sufjan and joanna together! none of these three are anything like one another, though laura veirs is probably most like joanna as far as lyrics go.

Emily Bjurnhjam, Thursday, 26 April 2007 01:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't see much similarity between Veirs and any of those three artists - but I guess it's not surprising that a search of Pitchfork-approved "literate singer-songwriters" would turn up those three names. I think that the genre is a bit bigger than Mitchum suspects though, and not everyone who endeavors to write literate lyrics in a folk-rock style is necessarily jumping on their coat-tails.

o. nate, Thursday, 26 April 2007 15:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

"to the country" is a great song. to be generous, the reviewer claiming the album lags in the second half could be code for him admitting he didn't bother listening past the first four songs

kamerad, Thursday, 26 April 2007 16:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I finally got around to giving the new (2010) record a chance, and I was delightfully surprised. If you've ever liked anything Veirs has done in the past, this is without a doubt worth hearing. She takes some risks--there's pretty strong diversity--but she never strays too far from her "sound".

Definitely the most consistent of her albums, IMO.

Indexed, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 19:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, most accessible Veirs album I'd say. fresh good-hearted songs, a little help from that My Morning Jacket guy gives it a Fleet Foxes vibe in places.
and a very sweet ode to Carol Kaye.
made my top year list fwiw.

Ludo, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

yes, great album! when it came out i was sure it had a shot at my year-end. missed the top 10 in the end, but still love the record.

swvl, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's always odd when I see no one talking about albums like this one when albums by Joanna Newsom or The Tallest Man on Earth (both of whom I absolutely love) seem so ubiquitous.

Indexed, Wednesday, 29 December 2010 21:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

I still need to hear this.

katherine (katherinesta), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 22:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

'Summer Is The Champion' off July Flame is such a wonderful song, I played the shit out of that in 2010.

O Permaban (NickB), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 22:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

^Yeah, that's the standout track.

Zsa Zsa Gay Bar (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 22:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was given "Years of Meteors" to review at an alt-weekly I used to work at (presumably on the assumption that I'd slag it off for being too precious and indie), but it's ended up being one of my favourite reocrds of the '00s.

OTOH "Carbon Glacier" is sweet but patchy, and "Saltbreakers" is fine but too much of a not-quite-as-interesting "Years of Meteors" redux. How does the new one stand up? Had it on my iPod for an age but haven't got around to listening yet. I think I prefer her when she's all about the wibbly atmospherics, rather than when she foregrounds her vocals and lyrics, when she can come across a bit too generic rootsy-songwritery for me.

Irrelevantly, I guess I should add that I interviewed her once, and she's super smart and friendly.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 30 December 2010 10:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

New album is pretty stunning. The guitar work, in particular, is fantastic.

the vineyards where the grapes of corporate rock are stored (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 9 October 2013 04:15 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Boy, did Laura pick the wrong week to release The Lookout, with so many great albums in a similar vein dropping at the moment. It'll get lost in the melée, but it's pretty solid.

Jeff W, Saturday, 14 April 2018 09:47 (one week ago) Permalink

thanks for the heads up!

niels, Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:13 (one week ago) Permalink


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