Three totally killer songs kick off Maguire's debut. The throbbing The Real World; the utterly transcendent The Borderline ("If we are like water then which drop is me") and the captivating If I Could See You.
Think about that for a sec. Any singer/songwriter would readily revisit Robert's crossroads to sign a deal with the devil for an introductory salvo like that. Add the extremely sad fact that most artists today won't have three killer tunes in a lifetime and you can see and hear how far ahead of the game you are with Stranger Place.
Though it's easier here to spot her influences (Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant) than on her equally fine and defining follow-up Keep Walking, Maguire's striking, real world lyricism renders Sarah and Natalie mute, while her emotionally textured arrangements—brought to life by bassist Christian Dunham and drummer Shane Nesic—never wander into Ani-like self indulgence. Best listened to as a complete work of intelligent passion, other haunt-your-head tracks include Somebody, I Thought I Saw, Love Song and Stranger Place.
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