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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
What are they putting into the water at the Hotel Café? Meiko is yet another hyper-talented musician to cut her teeth on the L.A. venue's stage, which previously helped launch artists like Priscilla Ahn, Cary Brothers, and Ingrid Michaelson. Although armed with the requisite trappings of a singer/songwriter -- fingerplucked guitar chords, lovelorn lyrics, and a chic café vibe -- Meiko brings something different to the coffee table, mixing wistful pop
ock tunes with toy pianos, muted trumpet solos, and the occasional programmed drumbeat. Her vocals take the spotlight on nearly every number, alternating between raspy whispers and a strong,...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
What are they putting into the water at the Hotel Café? Meiko is yet another hyper-talented musician to cut her teeth on the L.A. venue's stage, which previously helped launch artists like Priscilla Ahn, Cary Brothers, and Ingrid Michaelson. Although armed with the requisite trappings of a singer/songwriter -- fingerplucked guitar chords, lovelorn lyrics, and a chic café vibe -- Meiko brings something different to the coffee table, mixing wistful pop
ock tunes with toy pianos, muted trumpet solos, and the occasional programmed drumbeat. Her vocals take the spotlight on nearly every number, alternating between raspy whispers and a strong, radio-ready belt. There's a Southern accent buried somewhere in there, too -- a product of her childhood spent in rural Georgia -- but Meiko creates her own geography with songs about low-rent apartments, Hawaii, and lovers' arms. Breezy handclaps and a singalong chorus turn "Boys with Girlfriends" into the album's most commercial track, yet Meiko's real strength lies in the less conventional numbers: "Reason to Love You," which features a cooing, hiccupping chorus; "Piano Song," an indie pop exercise in cuteness; and "Hiding," where minor-key progressions and a lone keyboard riff combine to form a rainy day ballad. Perhaps most impressive is "Said and Done," a nocturnal song that pairs Meiko's vocals with the orchestration of a John Alton film noir. When Meiko audibly exhales during the chorus, her breath sounds like a snare hit, and it's nuances like that -- smart, slyly inconspicuous tricks -- that elevate her beyond the realm of ordinary songwriters. [Lucky Ear released a similar version of this album in 2007. However, this reissue features remastered tracks, new mixing, several re-recorded songs, and the brand-new single "Boys with Girlfriends."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Myspace Records
  • UPC: 602517809925
  • Catalog Number: 10035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reasons to Love You (3:16)
  2. 2 How Lucky We Are (2:57)
  3. 3 Heard It All Before (3:54)
  4. 4 Boys with Girlfriends (4:07)
  5. 5 Piano Song (2:48)
  6. 6 Hiding (3:16)
  7. 7 Sleep (4:45)
  8. 8 Said and Done (3:26)
  9. 9 Walk By (3:46)
  10. 10 Under My Bed (3:48)
  11. 11 Hawaii (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meiko Primary Artist
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Michael Jerome Drums
Dan Petty Ukulele
Joel Shearer Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Oliver Kraus Cello
Greg Collins Organ, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mellotron
Ed Maxwell Bass, Upright Bass
Zac Rae Organ, Electric Piano, Tack Piano
Jon Skibic Banjo, Electric Guitar
David Levita Electric Guitar
Fil Krohnengold Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Carson Cohen Mandolin
Stewart Cole Trumpet
Will Golden Bass, Wurlitzer, Toy Piano
Al Sgro Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael L. Moses Publicity
Roger Seibel Mastering
Oliver Kraus Cello Arrangement
Greg Collins Programming, Producer
Meiko Composer
Will Golden Producer
Al Sgro Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Meiko does great things with simple tools

    The first thing that instantly grabbed me about her music is you feel she's singing in your kitchen. The warmth sound of her voice, casualness and by your side closeness pulls you in at the table. You want to her more of this voice. Her variations in songs is believable on this CD. Not that it's so much of a theme CD but the songs stay within their instrumental bounds. Her voice does change somewhat on certain songs but not in a ridiculous manner. This is a voice that sounds great close up. The lyrics have a mature nature but not sappy. It's more for fun but provokes a few self-examined thoughts. I look forward to her next CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    great new artist!

    I had only heard one of Meiko's songs, but when I went to a Joshua Radin concert, she opened for him. I instantly fell in love with her music! She is an extremely talented singer, and songwriter. After seeing her live I bought her CD, and i am a big fan! I'd reccomend it to anyone who is an indie/pop-rock fan.

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