Light of X

Light of X

by Miranda Lee RichardsMiranda Lee Richards

CD(Swedish Import)

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To an extent, Miranda Lee Richards has always been better defined by those around her. She tested her musical legs with the Brian Jonestown Massacre, co-writing several songs and singing backup vocals for the band, before launching a solo career with the help of producer Jon Brion and veteran drummer Matt Chamberlain. When the record tanked and her relationship with Virgin Records soured, Richards hit the road in support of more fortunate artists, touring the country alongside the likes of Tim Finn and the Jesus and Mary Chain. Years later, however, the well-networked songwriter appears to have finally found her own voice with Light of X, the long-anticipated follow-up to 2001's The Herethereafter. The voice in question has blossomed into an arresting, attractive thing, padded with layers of reverb and sprinkled with flower child pixie dust. Richards' songwriting has yet to match her delivery -- the songs typically go for mood over melody, a mishap that's aggravated by a lack of co-writers on this record -- but her vocals compensate for the lack, finding a home between the wearied croon of Hope Sandoval and the adolescent beauty of Harriet Wheeler. "Early November" is the true highlight here, a woozy pastoral ballad that wraps Richards' alto in harmonies and guitar chimes. When she lets loose toward the song's conclusion -- reprising the chorus with impassioned, wordless syllables -- she sounds downright gorgeous, basking briefly in the spotlight before retreating into the haze of organ and jangling arpeggios. Such moments of clear, blue-sky beauty show up throughout disc, but Light of X puts more emphasis on the aforementioned haze, which culminates in the spoken word Beat poetry and 5/4 time signature of the album's hidden track.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 5037703080423
catalogNumber: 846195
Rank: 114931


  1. Breathless
  2. Lifeboat
  3. Savorin' Your Smile
  4. Hideaway
  5. Early November
  6. Mirror at the End
  7. Hidden Treasure
  8. Pictures of You
  9. Here by the Window
  10. Olive Tree
  11. That Baby
  12. Last Days of Summer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miranda Lee Richards   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Mellotron,Keyboard Synthesizer
Paul Mitchell   Strings
Rick Parker   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar Effects
Ben Peeler   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guitar Effects,Weissenborn
John Wilmer   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Eva Gardner   Bass
Jon Skibic   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Ryan Feves   Standup Bass
Keith Mitchell   Drums

Technical Credits

Rick Parker   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
John Wilmer   Producer,Engineer
Miranda Lee Richards   Composer,String Arrangements

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