Unravel

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Don't believe Lynn Miles when she sings "I am ice/I am stone/I am a statue/standing all alone," on "I'm the Moon," the opening track of the gripping Unravel. Emotion -- especially heartbreak -- gushes from the album's every pore. This stark, haunting exercise in country-folk poetry ought to elevate the Canadian into the front rank of her generation's confessional singer-songwriters. The music is spare, sinewy, and a tad sinister occasionally suggesting Daniel Lanois's evocative Sling Blade soundtrack, making Unravel the perfect backdrop for Miles's mesmerizing, crystalline voice, which casts her as a bluesier Emmylou Harris. Songs such as "Undertow," "Unravel," and "I'm ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Don't believe Lynn Miles when she sings "I am ice/I am stone/I am a statue/standing all alone," on "I'm the Moon," the opening track of the gripping Unravel. Emotion -- especially heartbreak -- gushes from the album's every pore. This stark, haunting exercise in country-folk poetry ought to elevate the Canadian into the front rank of her generation's confessional singer-songwriters. The music is spare, sinewy, and a tad sinister occasionally suggesting Daniel Lanois's evocative Sling Blade soundtrack, making Unravel the perfect backdrop for Miles's mesmerizing, crystalline voice, which casts her as a bluesier Emmylou Harris. Songs such as "Undertow," "Unravel," and "I'm the Moon" chart every degree of love unraveling and its painful aftermath. In "I'm Over You," Miles repeats the title sentiment, again and again, to the point where it becomes obvious the exact opposite is true. And yet she sounds undaunted when it's all over -- she's next heard laughing during the studio chatter preceding the following track, "When Did the World." And that's the triumph of Unravel -- coming out whole on the other side of a broken heart but sparing no detail in recounting how hard it was to get there. Unravel is a stirring journey, an album rife with depth and humanity.
All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
The fourth album by the talented Ottawa-based singer/songwriter touches all the right chords both musically and emotionally. With the assistance of longtime friend Ian Lefeuvre, Miles has perfected her craft on 11 passionate presentations. Using bare-bones, stripped-down arrangements enables the singer to get the most out of each number, from the folky "Over You" to the pop-oriented introductory track, "I'm the Moon." Sounding as if it's been produced by Daniel Lanois in an Appalachian town, the music is sparse, allowing you to feel as if you're in the studio while listening. Most of the songs work well in and around the five-minute mark, with "When Did the World" being a tad too lengthy and drawn out. But the subsequent title track, appearing as if it were recorded live, is the highlight in a sea of well-polished and picture-perfect nuggets. A diamond in the rough to be found.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: OKRA-TONE RECORDS
  • UPC: 691874496725
  • Catalog Number: 4967

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm the Moon (4:58)
  2. 2 Now I Understand (4:30)
  3. 3 Undertow (4:20)
  4. 4 You're Not Coming Back (2:44)
  5. 5 Over You (4:36)
  6. 6 When Did the World (6:19)
  7. 7 Unravel (4:16)
  8. 8 Brave Parade (3:39)
  9. 9 Black Flowers (3:17)
  10. 10 I Give Up (5:00)
  11. 11 Surrender Dorothy.. (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lynn Miles Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Mellotron
Ian Lefeuvre Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Marimbas, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Lap Steel Guitar
John Geggie Double Bass
Jim Bryson Background Vocals
Peter Von Althen Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Chris Bartos Violin, Cello, Viola
Technical Credits
Jean-Francois Chicoine Mastering
Ian Lefeuvre Producer, Engineer
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