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Lydia - This December; It's One More and I'm Free
|Lydia - This December; It's One More and I'm Free|
Release Date: September 27, 2005
Record Label: Hourzero
When I got Lydia’s This December; It’s One More And I’m Free in the mail yesterday, I spent a minute or so in the post office just staring at the artwork, much to the annoyance of my waiting roommate; I couldn’t tear myself away. I’m not sure why either, because the artwork isn’t particularly enigmatic or mysterious—it’s just simply warm, engaging, and honest. It gave me the feeling that as I was opening the CD up, I was opening up not just a CD, but an album. I usually never care about artwork, but for some reason, I really liked Lydia’s. Anyways, enough about the artwork—how does the music live up to its visual counterpart?
Lydia’s This December; It’s One More And I’m Free is a passionate, expressive, melancholy album that greatly surprised me with its sincerity and multi-dimensionality (most of the music I receive in the mail couldn’t be further from that description). Indeed, comparisons to Straylight Run are inevitable, mainly due to the interleaving male and female vocals, as well as the presence of a piano, but Lydia seems to dig deeper in my opinion. The instrumentation is sophisticated, the arrangements complex, the harmonies tender, the dynamics more pronounced. Acoustic, clean, and distorted guitars, pianos, strings, and impassioned, yet somehow gentle, vocals comprise the palette with which Lydia works.
I really like Lydia’s use of dynamics and their ability to work with textures: the shimmering, spacey, delayed clean guitars in “It’s In Your Blood” are backed by delicate, steady strings, which creates both a sense of freedom and floating throughout the song, while also retaining a firm grounding The emotion in the song (can you believe it? Emotion in music!) is transfixing. “A Camera Lens and Careful Days” is a poignant, beautiful, acoustic song that really resonated with me. Everything on the album seems to be played with passion, and it’s not just the vocals that do the trick. It’s something you can hear and feel with every instrument. Tracks like “Smile, You’ve Won,” “Her and Haley,” and “December” exemplify this best.
Lydia recorded the album themselves, and in general they’ve done a very good job. It’s refreshing to hear a rawer sound once in a while—it’s not raw in a fish market kinda way (wtf?), but not everything is compressed to hell, and the instruments all sound very natural. Occasionally, I feel that the vocals are mixed a little too loud, and that there’s a little too much of a “stereo” effect going on with them; the vocals are sometimes too prominent. That’s not too big a problem though, because the vocalists’ voices are natural and pure; hard to complain about that. The female vocalist is great--you can tell she's not a studio creation, simply by virtue of the control she excercises over her voice. Anyways, I hope they can retain the natural sound they achieved here on their next release while tidying things up just a bit.
Sometimes I’ll find myself a little bored while listening to Lydia's album if I’m not in the right mood, but when I’m in the zone, I’m in the zone, and I can really get into This December. Sometimes the album can drag a bit, and occasionally the music does start to blend together and sound the same, but as I said before, you won’t care about any of that when you’re in the right mood. If you’re not digging the album on the first listen, find a time when you’re alone and give it a close listen in the dark. Fans of Straylight Run will enjoy Lydia, as will people who are just looking for some honest, passionate, beautiful music.
05:36 PM on 04/15/06
This band is so good. I love this cd.
12:38 AM on 05/18/06
Another review im way late on
But amazing review.
I couldnt put my finger on what sounded werid
But you did for me.
I love lydia
This band will blow up this summer.
08:25 AM on 08/21/06
Best album of 2005. Definitely in my top5 of all the time^^
This band is so amazing.
12:44 PM on 02/21/08
A lovely, chilled album. Amazing stuff.
01:44 AM on 02/27/08
lydia writes the most beautiful songs
this album is amazing
and the next is supposed to be even better
08:44 PM on 11/11/08
|Everything on the album seems to be played with passion, and it’s not just the vocals that do the trick. It’s something you can hear and feel with every instrument. Tracks like “Smile, You’ve Won,” “Her and Haley,” and “December” exemplify this best.|
I think that it's not just played with passion.... i get the sense that i'm there experiencing the same feelings as they are when I hear these songs. The lyrics in this album are words that possess so much expression that there's moments I have to stop listening to them because I feel afraid of the raw emotions described.
This album sold me on meaning. It defined music for me.
04:06 AM on 07/17/09
You're not real musician!
how come some reviews have no rating? good review btw
08:18 PM on 07/22/09
I'm glad I built myself an igloo
I adore this record. That was such a good review.
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