Glowing Records, 2006
REVIEW BY: Duke Egbert
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 06/14/2008
Having had the privilege and the fun of seeing Bellafeather at
Inundare, she dabbles in Ani diFranco, XTC, King’s X, Joni Mitchell’s jazz phase, Thelma Houston, BOTH the Wainwrights, Michelle Shocked, Joan Baez, and goddess-knows-what-else.
This is not to say that Bellafeather is a dilettante. Far from it, she’s an incredibly talented songwriter, a multi-talented instrumentalist (she plays everything on Inundare save the drums, earning her the Jude Cole Memorial Overachiever Award), and a fine singer with an earthy alto growl that nevertheless occasionally arches triumphantly over the music. There’s a lot of power in her music, a lot of emotion, and it shows in the complicated harmonies and the simple elegance and strength of the music.
The production is clean and spare without being overly complicated; occasional moments of richness (specifically, the piano and insistent dance rhythms on “All Its Done”) serve as a welcome change of pace, the auditory equivalent of a palate-cleanser between courses. Inundare is indeed about being drowned, flooded, and suffused with sound (and more than a little fury), and it’s wonderfully done.
Specific tracks worth highlighting include the aforementioned “All Its Done”, the crunchy grunge of “Not About Me,” the passion and anger of “No Lie No Lie,” and the pure
Bellafeather is a strong woman. Inundare is a strong album and a strong statement, and I recommend checking it out.
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