Year of Meteors

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Somewhere between the haunted soul purging of Cat Power's Chan Marshall and the restrained delivery of Suzanne Vega lies the potency of singer-songwriter Laura Veirs. Following up her critically celebrated Carbon Glacier, the onetime geology major joins bittersweet melodies with lyrics that draw on unusual, and unusually acute, imagery from the natural world. The Seattle tunesmith's songs sparkle with meteors and stars, slithering sea snakes and soaring birds. On "Magnetized," a spare reverie of a past love sketched out by picked acoustic guitar and dour piano, Veirs remembers being "slain by your zirconium smile / I was slain by your olivine eyes." But she keenly ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Somewhere between the haunted soul purging of Cat Power's Chan Marshall and the restrained delivery of Suzanne Vega lies the potency of singer-songwriter Laura Veirs. Following up her critically celebrated Carbon Glacier, the onetime geology major joins bittersweet melodies with lyrics that draw on unusual, and unusually acute, imagery from the natural world. The Seattle tunesmith's songs sparkle with meteors and stars, slithering sea snakes and soaring birds. On "Magnetized," a spare reverie of a past love sketched out by picked acoustic guitar and dour piano, Veirs remembers being "slain by your zirconium smile / I was slain by your olivine eyes." But she keenly balances the dark with the light, so for every cool, smoky tune like "Spelunking" "If I took you darling / to the caverns of my heart / would you light the lamp dear?", there's a relatively upbeat number such as the gorgeous "Galaxies," which captures match-strike-kindling passion "When we kiss / bears and boulders vibrate through the air", or "Secret Someones," which recalls the jazzy pop of the Sea & Cake. Some of the production flourishes -- courtesy Veirs's drummer, Tucker Martine -- strengthen her post-rock connection. "Fire Snakes," for example, makes synthetic twitters sound remarkably organic; it's one of three tunes to benefit from viola player Eyvind Kang's presence. His sawing unspools the tune of "Parisian Dream" and underscores the disjointed mood on "Black Gold Blues," which could be a kinder, gentler version of PJ Harvey. Strikingly original yet sumptuously welcoming, Year of Meteors should open up new galaxies for this ascendant talent.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
With its brooding intellectualism, intricate arrangements, and clever wordplay, Laura Veirs' 2004 debut on Nonesuch, Carbon Glacier, found its way on to a great many critic's "best-of" lists and rightfully so. The Seattle-based singer/songwriter once again pays homage to her geology background with Years of Meteors, a diverse collection of meandering pop songs that parallel her most recent European/American tour. Transience is the common theme here, and Veirs sets her enviable verbal skills to task on standout tracks like "Magnetize," "Parisian Dream," and "Secret Someone" -- the latter boasts a divine bit of travel-weary imagery: "A smile would melt me to an asphalt strip/where all would travel/where all would tread and trip." As with Glacier, Veirs employs her trusted backup band, the Tortured Souls, to flesh out the material. Led by drummer/producer Tucker Martine, they sound like a tightly knit group now, trading tasteful licks and never overplaying. Flashes of viola, upright bass, and ultra-compressed percussion float in and out like a less-stylized version of the Suzanne Vega's 1992 Mitchell Froom-produced 99.9 F°. That Veirs manages to keep the mood so sparse while so much is going on is impressive in its own right, but it's that old reliable brooding intellectualism, the intricate arrangements, and the clever wordplay that will keep listeners glued to each and every track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075597989328
  • Catalog Number: 79893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fire Snakes (4:57)
  2. 2 Galaxies (3:35)
  3. 3 Secret Someones (5:16)
  4. 4 Magnetized (2:37)
  5. 5 Parisian Dream (3:05)
  6. 6 Rialto (4:00)
  7. 7 Through the Glow (2:42)
  8. 8 Cool Water (2:52)
  9. 9 Spelunking (3:06)
  10. 10 Black Gold Blues (3:11)
  11. 11 Where Gravity Is Dead (3:40)
  12. 12 Lake Swimming (6:54)
  13. 13 [Untitled Track] (1:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Veirs Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Keith Lowe Upright Bass
Tucker Martine Percussion, Drums
Karl Blau Bass, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Eyvind Kang Viola
Steve Moore Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
David Bither Executive Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Tucker Martine Producer, Engineer, beats, Audio Production, Percussion Programming
Autumn de Wilde Cover Photo
Laura Veirs Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    When you sing, stars fill up my eyes...

    I initially purchased this album on itunes for myself 3 years ago and just purchased the CD for a friend.
    Veirs is definitely more than just your average singer/song writer. Her songs are so engaging throughout the entire album. She envokes unusual natural imagery to personify the human experience. Not only are her lyrics are poetic, but the music itself is equally imaginative. Her melodies are quirky and enchanting. The ethereal quality of "Galaxies" first drew me to this album, but I find a new favorite song each time I listen. This album is less "folky" than her other album, "Troubled by the Fire," and she plays with different genres from pop to punk. If you like lyric-driven music without having to sacrifice the quality of the supporting melody, you'll definitely enjoy this album.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hypnotic.

    This is a wonderful album, though, admittedly, it's not for everyone. The lyrics are enigmatic, eccentric, and altogether quirky. But unlike some who would fall into this category (think Tori Amos' Boys for Pele), Veirs does veer on the side of pretentiousness (yes, pun intended). Furthermore, the overall music is fantastic. Virtually every song is a delight. Veirs moves comfortably from groovy jams ("Fire Snakes") to outright rockers ("Rialto") to folksy guitar driven tunes ("Spelunking"). The first three tracks alone are worth the price of a full album. Veirs' little girl voice, her cohorts' instrumentation, Tucker Martines' crystalline production, and, above all, the catchy melodies will simply overwhelm you.

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