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I'm a Mountain
     

I'm a Mountain

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by Sarah Harmer
 

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Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer approaches the music on her third solo release, I'm a Mountain, from a more traditional standpoint, bringing in elements of bluegrass, country, and boogie-woogie to her already-established modern folk sound. The album was recorded in July 2005 in Toronto after a hiking trip on the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario.

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Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer approaches the music on her third solo release, I'm a Mountain, from a more traditional standpoint, bringing in elements of bluegrass, country, and boogie-woogie to her already-established modern folk sound. The album was recorded in July 2005 in Toronto after a hiking trip on the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario. Harmer grew up near the Escarpment, and when she heard about the threat of development there, she and her band decided to hike it to raise awareness over its plight. The song "Escarpment Blues" details this problem effectively, presenting the obvious attachment and love Harmer has for this region and her concern over its future (and using great internal rhymes like "we might get a load of stone for the road"), while staying away from eco-friendly clichés. The musicianship on the entire album is fantastic, especially the guitar, which ranges in style from Lynyrd Skynyrd-type riffs to bluegrass fingerpicking with a classical bent. Harmer's lyrics also show this versatility. Topically they deal with many of the same issues folksingers have always sung about, although of course Harmer adds a modern twist, wondering why the woman advertising for Wal-Mart is "laughing so unnaturally," in the title track, and addressing a victim of AIDS in the lovely "Goin' Out," on which her father adds backing vocals. Harmer occasionally falls victim to the folksinger's greatest vice, the overextended metaphor, but for the most part her lyrics are direct and personal without being too sentimental, and her melodies are tuneful and catchy but not too predictable. Her cover of Dolly Parton's "Will He Be Waiting for Me" retains the hopeful regret that the original has, and the children's "Salamandre," written by her friends Kate Fenner and Chris Brown, is stunning, highlighting Harmer's clear alto in a way not heard in her folkier songs. Because it is Harmer's voice that her fans want to listen to, and I'm a Mountain delivers that perfectly.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
Label:
Zoe Records
UPC:
0601143108426
catalogNumber:
431084
Rank:
116742

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Harmer   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Luther Wright & The Wrongs   Banjo,Harmonica,Vocal Harmony
Willie P. Bennett   Harmonica
Dean Stone   Percussion
John Dinsmore   Bass
Dan Curtis   Guitar
Jason Euringer   Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony
Chris Bartos   Fiddle
Spencer Evans   Clarinet,Piano,Accordion

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Kate Fenner   Composer
Denis Tougas   Engineer
Luther Wright & The Wrongs   Composer
Sarah Harmer   Composer,Producer
Martin Davis Kinack   Engineer

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I'm a Mountain 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first heard "Almost" on a sampler CD and bought "All of Our Names" on the strength of that song. I loved it, esp. "Dandelions in Bullet Holes". Bought this CD because I liked that CD so much and was disappointed. Usually, I don't like "folk" music and "All of Our Names" wasn't as folksy as "I'm a Mountain" is. If you like folk music, go for it. If you liked "All of Our Names", you won't hear the same music on this CD. So I wouldn't recommend buying this one just because you liked "All of Our Names". I do have a favorite song on the CD: "I Am Aglow". Very sweet song. All the same, Sarah Harmer has a great, sweet, clear voice.