On a Clear Nightby Missy Higgins
On a Clear Night debuted at the top of the Australian charts in May 2007, knocking Silverchair's Young Modern down to the number two spot and solidifying Missy Higgins' status as an Aussie A-lister. Combining sass with sweet sentiment, the album marks a progression for the young songwriter, who was introduced in 2004 as the Melbourne equivalent of Vanessa Carlton. There's more in Higgins' cannon than piano-heavy ballads, though, and her sophomore disc relies heavily on the acoustic guitar, which lends a saucy swagger to songs like "100 Round the Bends" and "Secret." Higgins' lyrics aren't overtly erotic, but there's more than a hint of sex in the way she sings those two tracks, punctuating her endearingly accented vocals with moments of brazen, full-throated belting. She's part Sarah McLachlan and part Amy Winehouse, a family friendly singer with hipster appeal and, perhaps, a hint of diva potential. And lest this combination seem a bit too calculated, Higgins is still capable of crafting songs like "Sugarcane," a lilting piece of pastoral pop that builds on the template of 2004's Sound of White. "Angela," "I'm Going North," and "Forgive Me" all continue that thread -- but here, Higgins' piano remains de-emphasized in favor of an earthy, folksy instrumental blend. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic bass are tastefully swirled together by former Crowded House producer Mitchell Froom, who knows when to adorn the songs with layers of sound and when to sharpen the focus on Higgins' ever-improving voice. Like her fellow countrymen in Silverchair, Missy Higgins' hometown popularity doesn't fully translate overseas, where American audiences have yet to replace those vague Vanessa Carlton comparisons with a proper understanding of her folksy, feisty, and altogether fun music. Nevertheless, On a Clear Night makes a very solid argument for reevaluation, and there's certainly no sophomore slump here.
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- Reprise / Wea
Performance CreditsMissy Higgins Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Matt Chamberlain Percussion,Drums
Davey Faragher Electric Bass
Neil Finn Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
Greg Leisz Mandolin
Val McCallum Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar
Ian Walker Acoustic Bass
Technical CreditsMitchell Froom Producer
David Boucher Engineer
Melissa Chenery Management
Missy Higgins Composer
John Watson Management
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In times of pop stars who become famous for being infamous while lip syncing to canned drone like synthetic music tracks, Missy Higgins is truly a beacon of light and hope for a new musical era. Although insanely popular in her native Australia, she is just beginning to grace America with her incredibly melodic voice and extraordinary song writing abilities. "On a Clear Night" is a sophomoric album that exceeds any sophomoric results. Her tracks are guitar based with strong, upbeat melodies. Her voice is that of a Siren, pure, sexy, soulful, pulling you in and leaving you mesmerized. Her songs reflect a young woman that is confident and comfortable in her own skin. "Where I Stand" is an addictive song that reflects the conflict of growing and moving on and wanting to stay in that old, comfortable place. "Steer" is a beautiful homage to being true to yourself. It draws you in from the first line and you are hooked. "On a Clear Night" is not an album that you simply buy for those two or three great songs. This is a CD that you will put on and listen in its entirety over and over again.
Her voice is sultry. It's sexy. It warms my soul and makes me want to listen. I find myself humming along now and just relaxing. I hadn't heard of Missy Higgins until about a week ago. Now, she is all that I play while driving or just relaxing. Her "On A Clear Night" is an amazing tribute to her voice. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with famed producer Mitchell Froom, who has worked with such legendary artists as Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Crowded House. Neil Finn of "Crowded House" plays guitar on "Peachy" and provdes backup vocals on Ms. Higgins song, "Going North". "Peachy" is upbeat and will have you movin'. I love the sarcastic lyrics. Her voice is strong and I find myself belting out the "of course you don'ts" right along with Ms. Higgins. "Warm Whispers" is soft and nearly haunting. The sound of this song is calm and feels as if you are being told a grand secret and seems to capture time in a bottle. Missy Higgins has a unique voice that I have yet to grow tired of. "Where I Stood". Is my favorite song on the album. I can relate to its lyrics. Her voice is sexy, strong and sultry. This is a must have album!
I've been a fan of Missy Higgins for a while now and she's finally getting the attention she deserves! This is her sophomore album and it leads to more interesting places. Her lyrics are thought-provoking and always take me on a journey. I love to put this on and relax with a great glass of wine! I am giving this as a gift to all my women friends. It's a keeper.
I've been searching for an inspiring female voice, and Missy Higgins is perfect! She's a great songwriter and has a beatiful voice. Her songs are really moving and powerful.