Watching You Think

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Canadian singer/songwriter NEeMA's second album, Watching You Think, was co-produced by Leonard Cohen (who also painted the cover art) and features sidemen including members of Arcade Fire. It's easy to hear what attracted her countrymen to the project, as she proves a thoughtful lyricist and catchy composer with a husky, conversational alto voice reminiscent of Melanie's. Most of the songs are her own, an exception being Mark Knopfler's Dire Straits ballad "Romeo and Juliet," a lilting street-corner romance that seems especially attractive to female singers. (It has long been a part of Shawn Colvin's repertoire as well, for instance.) That cover provides a good guide ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Canadian singer/songwriter NEeMA's second album, Watching You Think, was co-produced by Leonard Cohen (who also painted the cover art) and features sidemen including members of Arcade Fire. It's easy to hear what attracted her countrymen to the project, as she proves a thoughtful lyricist and catchy composer with a husky, conversational alto voice reminiscent of Melanie's. Most of the songs are her own, an exception being Mark Knopfler's Dire Straits ballad "Romeo and Juliet," a lilting street-corner romance that seems especially attractive to female singers. (It has long been a part of Shawn Colvin's repertoire as well, for instance.) That cover provides a good guide to the sound of NEeMA's own music, which tends toward folkie ballads in which she muses on matters philosophical and romantic. "Escape" has the bouncy sound of a mid-'60s pop
ock tune, but usually the singer speak-sings at slow tempos over acoustic guitar patterns with a few added instruments. The simplicity of the tunes and the poetic turn of the lyrics often recall Cohen, particularly in "Sidewalk." The singer reserves her most overt expression of love for the album closer, "Elsa's Lullaby," a song for her dog. For the album's American release, however, she has added "Masi 2010," inspired by the time she spent working with the Tlicho indigenous people of northern Canada, and it proves the disc's most political track, the wailed choruses and spoken verses sounding like a cross between Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Trudell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2011
  • Label: Sin Uk
  • UPC: 886978380524
  • Catalog Number: 83805
  • Sales rank: 254,793

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unspoken (4:13)
  2. 2 Romeo and Juliet (5:06)
  3. 3 Unwinding (3:06)
  4. 4 Running (4:07)
  5. 5 Eternity (4:31)
  6. 6 Escape (2:41)
  7. 7 Stay (3:02)
  8. 8 Sidewalk (4:33)
  9. 9 Lost In La (3:52)
  10. 10 Bone To Pick With Time (3:52)
  11. 11 Jealousy (3:32)
  12. 12 Elsa's Lullaby (4:21)
  13. 13 Masi 2010 (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
NEeMA Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Fred Bouchard Drums, Background Vocals
Bob Stagg Bass, Piano, Trumpet, Wurlitzer, Toy Piano, Hammond B3
Thom Gossage Drums
Simon Godin Guitar, Mandolin
Tom Mennier Piano
Paula Toledo Background Vocals
Angela Desveaux Background Vocals
Miles Perkin Bass
Pascal Shefteshy Guitar
Rob Macdonald Guitar
Anni Lawrence Cello
Joe Grass Dobro, Guitar
Sarah Pagé Harp
Alexis Martin Drums
Gurprett Chana Percussion, Tabla
François Turgeon Bass
Emilie Rabaraona Violin
Catherine Le Saulnier Cello
Tim Kingsburry Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Producer, Cover Art
Mark Knopfler Composer
Pierre Marchand Producer
Fred Bouchard Producer, Additional Production
Jonathan Anderson Engineer
Haig V. Producer, Additional Production
Adam Ayan Mastering
Howard Bilerman Engineer
Michael Petit Graphic Design
Tom Mennier String Arrangements
NEeMA Composer, Producer
Pascal Shefteshy Engineer
Joe Grass Whistle
Alexis Martin Programming
Ben Wilkins String Arrangements
François Turgeon String Arrangements
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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    An Impressive New Voice from an Old Soul

    Here's part of a review I read yesterday: "Watching You Think was produced with Pierre Marchand and mentor/friend Leonard Cohen, an old hand at seducing words to parchment. His endorsement is impressive, but NEeMA's is a singular voice within a radiant countenance. Cohen captured this essence in a network of ink and paints, which he then struck to the album's sleeve. Voila. That her image appears unfinished seems appropriate somehow: this is an artist as a work-in-progress, a palette that, two albums in, we've only just begun to explore." - The Daily Wrazz (Feb 27th) "Unspoken", "Escape", her cover of "Romeo & Juliet", and "Masi" are my favorites (so far). But I imagine any of the other songs on this album could rise into that list. I was lucky enough to catch her perform at Folk Alliance (in Memphis) and was impressed.

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