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Amelia: A Long, Lovely List Of Repairs

A Long, Lovely List Of Repairs

(Amelia)
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Grade:
A+
Tracks: 
14

A little bit country, a little bit alternative rock, a little bit jazz. Amelia is all of the above in a very simplistic way that might be a turn off to some who find the three genres incompatible yet I believe the band will find its audience. First off, and I’m sure this is a point that needs to be made often, mostly because it’s on the bands Wikipedia page. Amelia is not the name of the lead singer of the band. There. With that out of the way we can focus on the important stuff.

A Long, Lovely List Of Repairs is an album that carries a very laid back vibe to it but you can tell this is all professional artistry as the band mimics era sounds to back lead singer Teisha Helgerson, who also plays drums, whose voice flirts with a bluesy jazz feel but never really commits. It’s like watching a trapeze artist maneuvering between swings, taking into consideration every required movement to make each release an individual expression. As before the band’s sound is very simplistic offering such a calming effect on the listener requiring nothing more than your ear and allowing you to truly listen with straining to capture whatever it is the band is trying to accomplish. As a unit the band works wonderfully and it’s a shame that a band like Amelia won’t see as much commercial success due to the fact that their sound is so personal and they do not attempt the usual media frenzy that has created legends out of simple hype blinding people to the fact that their favorite bands are actually talentless. Helgerson’s delivery is absolutely beautiful and the sound molding around her talent creates an ambiance not found often. A very worthy album of being owned and cherished. I highly recommend.

AJ Garcia
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