Bella Union Laura Veirs : Carbon Glacier (US,2004)***°
Having read so many positive things about this album, and having liked already much of the earlier Triumphs & Travails album (see review above) I was curious to know how much Laura had evolved. I must say here she really has moved forward towards songwriting perfection, and created something more focused and enduring in various ways. Here she plays guitar, banjo-uke, glockenspiel and whistles along on a few occasions to her songs, while Steve Moore plays piano, organs, vibraphonette, trombone, Karl Blau plays bass, guitar, synth and sax. Tucker Martine is responsible for drums, percussion and various treatments in the general production. Extra guests are Eyvind Kang on viola, Lori Goldston on cello, Keith Lowe on upright bass, and some more backing vocalists. All themes hang well together (water, ice, snow). The concept is revealed with intelligence. Also the arrangements are great, based upon what the songs with guitar and voice are able to improve to complement to the maximum.
(PS. About Lara Veirs : Various friends keep on saying hearing comparable elements to Suzan Vega).