Say I Am You Import
The Weepies are a duo of songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. How can one not help but be delighted when two such similar sound names align with one another? Perfectly matched, the thirteen songs are quiet but insistent, with lyrics full of pop smarts and poetic depth. Narratives, whether fragmented or direct, empower most of the songs, giving even first-person vantage points a solid foundation. Talan does the bulk of the lead vocals, and her voice is a confident instrument, full of sly surprise and subtle phrasing. The pair's harmonies are thoughtful and evocative, oftentimes utilizing less than obvious intervals. In fact, the chorus vocals owe more to great radio pop of the sixties and seventies than to the various contemporary strains of folk and Americana. --David Greenberger
男女が交互に歌う感じで、Deb Talanがリードボーカルを務めるのは１３曲中８曲。女性ボーカルが好きなため、どうしても彼女が歌う曲に聴き入ってしまいます。特に"Gotta Have You"は面白い曲で、聴いていると思わず口ずさんでしまいます。他にも"Take it from Me"や"Painting by Chagall"なんかが気に入っています。
「ボストンを拠点に活動するシンガーソングライターDeb TalanとNY出身のSteve Tannenによるドュオ」
カントリーとは一味違ったアコースティックギターと柔らかいハーモニーには、Simon & Garfunkelに通ずるものがあります。
The Weepies の公式HPで、彼らがソロで出しているアルバムなども聴いてみると、良いんじゃないかと思います。
"Say I Am You" is their 2nd album, and you can see how the group was starting to gel as music from this album climbed the ladder or popularity in terms of download rankings.
The Weepie's music is clear and uncluttered, and is not over-engineered or over-produced. It has a relaxing feeling to it, and it's perfect for playing in my office at work. It's also good for walking or thinking.
I've heard the label "folk-pop" applied to their music, and I guess that fits.
Here are how, in my opinion, the tunes rank, song by song:
- Not Your Year
- Nobody Knows Me At All
- Painting By Chagall
- Gotta Have You
- and, of course, Take It From Me
- Living in Twilight
- Suicide Blonde
- Riga Girls
- and The World Spins Madly On
- Slow Pony Home
- Love Doesn't Last Too Long
- and Citywide Rodeo
So, average those all out and you've got about a 4 star album.
I hope that the Weepies have many, many more tunes rolling around in their heads and that they will make music for years to come.
If you like mellow, relaxing music (not elevator music) you should check out the Weepies!
I'd say that at least
Thanks for the music.
My favorite off of the album is probably "Gotta Have You"...it's very catchy and has a unique beat and the lyrics are beautiful.
"World Spins Madly On" is another great track, albeit slightly depressing.
There really isn't a bad song on this album, I love each and every one of them and I think they are all of a similar quality and style. Some people may prefer more variation on an album, but I tend to like to be able to pick out one that fits my mood and not have to skip the random peppy or sappy track that they felt the need to put in to even things out. That's not to say that all of the songs are overly depressing, just that they flow well from one to the next.
Getting ready for vacation I decided I had to have this on my mp3 player for those long walks down the island...I know it will be perfect.
For those that enjoy The Weepies, you might also like the group Hem, whose songs include "Redwing" and "The Part Where You Let Go". I tend to keep them in the same playlist as The Weepies. Enjoy!
I was introduced to the music of The Weepies, a husband-wife team of musicians, through the magic of the freely available (and legal!) South by Southwest music and film festival's BitTorrent feed of artists who played at the festival. SXSW is huge -- the last few years' worth of torrents take up an astonishing 14 GB on my hard drive. One of the songs out of the roughly 4,000 that make up the collection was "World Spins Madly On," a beautiful romp by this group. My computer crashed before I could get around to buying this album, so I held off, and eventually it went out of mind.
For all of five minutes.
Friendly is the first word that comes to mind when I think of "Say I Am You." The album is generally jovial, even if it's "Not Your Year." And you might not be terribly fond of "Painting[s] by Chagall," but you have to admit -- the artist's work was quite unique. What strikes me as so friendly about this album is how easy the music is to listen to. I program computers a lot, and I find this music excellent for the intense mental labour of programming. Not for lack of complexity, mind you -- while the music is simple, I think this is mostly because of the complexity of the lyrics. Talan and Tanner prove themselves over and over to be unparalleled lyricists, evoking all kinds of emotions in the tracks of this album. I can't help but feel that we've all been there, that we've shared the experiences that Deb and Steve share through song: we've all had our down times ("Not Your Year") and our regrets ("World Spins Madly On"); we've all been the new guy or gal ("Nobody Knows Me At All") and been at a loss for words ("Take It From Me"). Another reviewer notes quite intelligently that Deb Talan manages to take what seems like nonsense and turn it into poetry:
What can I compare you to?
My favourite pair of shoes?
Or maybe my bright red boots...
If they had wings?
The songs are catchy, but not overly so -- you won't find yourself wishing you could just forget any of the songs from this album. There is beauty in simplicity, and in complexity -- and then there's The Weepies.
If you're hopelessly jaded by your genre of choice (for me, it was alternative rock), give this album a chance. If you wind up disappointed, chances are you'll find someone who won't be disappointed by it.