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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ignore the man and read a fan

    Who is this Ronnie Lankford guy? He obviously hasn't really listened to this album more than three times. Part of its beauty is that it encapsulates Dar's staple introspection and cultural commentary with a smooth coating of studio-pop sound. That doesn't mean it's not serious. The sound maybe easy to swallow, but the lyrics actually contain some of the strongest messages and deepest revelations of any Dar album yet. ('Playing to the Firmament' is -not- a song of childish delight: ''On a bad day who would you kill?''). The slickness caught me a bit by surprise - at first I thought that a production sound meant manufactured lyrics. I should have had more faith. After weeks of listening I've found that all it means is that they get under your skin faster, and dig in deeper, than maybe anything off Dar's previous albums. I find myself playing songs off this album for my friends over and over. ''I had no right'' - the song about Daniel Berrigan, and ''God Descended'' are among my favorites, but really everything on the album is incredible. My favorite line, however, has to be from ''Yoko Ono'' (Again, ignore Mr. Lankford's comments): ''Well they can rag about me.../Throw me to the velvet dogs of pop-star history'' It's got to be be the best description I've heard this year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perhaps Dar's best yet

    In her fourth studio album, Dar Williams expands her scope and in several songs, turns to spirtual questions and themes. The relentlessly questioning ''What do you love more than love'' inquires about personal and national desire. In ''I had no right'', she writes about Daniel Berrigan, the anti-war activist and priest. The song, written in first person and set in the Vietnam era, describes the thoughts of Berrigan as he faces trial for burning draft cards. In another song set a generation ago (''I wouldn't be your Yoko Ono''), Dar shatters the conventional wisdom that Yoko Ono was just this woman who broke up the Beatles. Instead, Yoko is the brilliant conceptual artist who expanded John's art. What gives this album the edge over Dar's other great works is her remarkable song ''After All''. In this gentle ballad, Dar displays her honesty and courage in writing about life with all the joys and struggles it brings. The message of the song is revealed in its first lines: ''Go ahead, push your luck, find out how much love the world can hold''. The rest of the song is why we should take these words seriously. Dar's narrator explains why life is worth living to the fullest by chronicling her experiences with and recovery from the ''winter machine'' of depression. In her recovery, she digs through the stories of her parents and finds liberation from seeing how they thrived despite their pain. She expresses this realization with the triumphant lines: ''But now I'm sleeping fine Sometimes the truth is like a second chance I am a daughter of a great romance And they are the children of the war'' On this song, Dar's acoustic guitar is backed by an organ and soft drums. The most important instrument, however, is Dar's soothing and expressive voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bitchin Folkie

    I bought her last album, but this is really special. I ended up buying 6 for friends and realtives, all different tasets and most thought it was the best female album in years. I love linear songs that only repeat the chorus and have a poetry to them. Maybe, just maybe, she'll get even Better. Mystery is the best cut Bill

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Dar Yet

    Not only is the music on the CD beautiful, the lyrics are perceptive, smart, and touching. I've been a Dar Williams fan for many years, and this album reflects a previously unreached depth. I don't think I've listened to any other CDs in several weeks!

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