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Marie Black - Water Me

Water Me

Marie Black

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Back in the day, there was a very generous assortment of 'outside folkies', often chanteuses, women who fit neither the folk mold nor the rock. Dory Previn, Ruthann Friedman, even, when you think about it, Laura Nyro and Melanie. They were received with varying degrees of acceptance, some doing very well indeed, some not so much, but were always points of interest, taking a tack most avoided. Marie Black is following that path. Reading her lyrics is the tip-off:
The Portland rain does not bother me
As long as I stay in my shell
The half-truths that you pour on me
Bring a darker Hell

One of the lead traits of that 70s entourage was a less-than-perfect vocal performance, often a matter of gritting one's teeth in one's beer or an Exene-ish pained dreariness, and Black hasn't missed that either. This means that she'll definitely appeal to the cult which inevitably grows up around such artists. Though, ignoring Previn and the others, I liked Nyro, I was always more the Janis Ian or Joni type. It's a matter of more familiar propriety, perhaps, but also a delivery slotted to the tunefulness most prefer. On the other hand, Liz Phair and her ilk saw phenomenal success, so……

Track List:

  • Drop of Love
  • Portland Rain
  • Stray Animals
  • Stepping up the Vines
  • Water Me
  • Amphibian
  • Flowered Gun
  • Hollywood Sage
  • One Night Stand
  • Fortune or Lies
  • Wrecking Ball
  • Water Me Instrumental
All songs written by Marie Black

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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