(Norton 409) Here comes the new album from Miriam, produced, instrumentalified, and sashayed to perfection by Sam Elwitt! This time, the pair tackle a heavy hitting stash of previously untackle-able favorite obscuros and add two killer Elwitt comps that are sure to stun! Get ready for another roll – gorgeously produced by Mr Elwitt and fabulously infested by super strings by Gregor Kitzis.
The Hand Don't Fit The Glove/I Keep Falling In Love/Take Me For A Little While/Cheryl's Going Home/Get Away/Don't Talk To Strangers/Down Today/Love To Love/Afterglow/One More Rainy Day/Don't Be Taken In/Our Love Can Still Be Saved/Which End Is Up/You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
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If you're fortunate enough to have caught her performing this expectedly well-chosen material, both familiar and more obscure, in concert with her crack backing ensemble Nobody's Babies, you'll know Miriam often offers some sort of self-deprecating caveat to the effect she doesn't think of herself as being a 'real' singer -- whatever that means in the good ol' r'n'r context (not that it's ever stopped her, thank goodness). Well, don't you believe it! Ms. Linna's tuff-to-tender vocal takes -- even more so on record, where she can harmonize with herself on backing vocals -- are as subtle, authoritative and polished in their purpose as maestro (and live lead guitarist) Sam Elwitt's immaculate multitracked one-man-band productions, and just as plain enjoyable. So what if maybe a touch of modern-tech studio magic might be involved (not that you can really tell whether it is)? You think Phil Spector or George Martin did it au naturel? More important, where else you gonna delight in her inimitable, attitudinous Canuck-from-Ohio-by-way-of-NYC inflections? So indulge yourself, you'll not be disappointed -- Miriam might not be a diva, but she's simply divine!
This is a great follow-up, combining fantastic song choices with energetic performances and wonderful arrangements. I eagerly await number three!