I have to admit to initially being a tad disappointed by Maguire's third release. Sure the songs are accessible and…wait a minute—that's it! That's what was bothering me about Believer so I put it aside temporarily. Since all established artists deserve more than just another listen, I set my subjectivity aside (a quirk of species which I find separates us from the divine all too often) and then "believer" opened up for me.
*believer" is certainly no less melodic and mature as her previous discs, '05's Stranger Place debut and it's mighty '08 follow-up Keep Walking. Maguire's honed sense of songwriting is evidenced by the transcendent 'Lighthouse Man', while the halcyon Fleetwod Mac-ish I'd Rather Be leaves her competition in the outback dust of her adopted continent and sports a Nelson Wilbury guitar lick to boot.
As a classically trained eco warrior, Maguire brings both passions to the fore. Woke Up brings "the ocean to our door" while her emphatic classical muse colors the pop movements of the luscious Autumn Leaves. Her vocals, recognizably expressive from album one, get better with age, and when she sings "I'm fifteen, I feel older than God" (Start Over Again) you know immediately and rightly you're not within earshot of the your run-of-the-mill songwriter. No, no, you certainly are not.
Stalwart bassist and co-producer Christian Dunham leads guitarist Luke Potashnick and drummer Geoff Dugmore to deliver the subtlety and crunch (Believer) when the lady want it. Maguire has been and continues to be the real deal. You owe yourself a listen.
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