Somewhere Between Yarn Art and Tapestry
Paula Frazer manages to escape the common pop-trap of drilling monotony with her latest release, Leave the Sad Things Behind. The ethereal, placid album wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t be high energy enough for dance or rock fans, but is perfect for anyone in the mood for some contemplation. Of course, listening to someone else contemplate is more like escaping, but whatever. Put this in if you were already on the verge of curling into a ball and crying.Frazerâ€šÃ„Ã´s work is reminiscent of Neil Young, with the obvious addition of ovaries. Her voice is lush, and is excellently juxtaposed with the rich instrumentation. However, Frazer definitely falls into the love it or hate it category of voices such as Annie Lennox or Ethel Merman. There is little middle ground here. Those who fall into the â€šÃ„Ãºlove itâ€šÃ„Ã¹ category will only be more pleased with the eclectic tempos, those who â€šÃ„Ãºhate itâ€šÃ„Ã¹ wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t be mollified by a thing.
â€šÃ„ÃºWaiting for Youâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is easily the prettiest song on the album, sounding like an English country song played while wandering through the Renaissance Faire. Unfortunately it also showcases Frazerâ€šÃ„Ã´s rather sophomoric writing. â€šÃ„ÃºHere are some words/ I wanted you / To hear / And every time I get to / Hold you near / Hold you near / The world melts away / And I can say / I hope it stays that way.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Holding a note three times longer than necessary doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t make anyone believe you have more to say.
Pop this in if youâ€šÃ„Ã´re feeling blue and want it to stay that way, or if youâ€šÃ„Ã´re lightly skipping through a field of poppies. Otherwise take Frazerâ€šÃ„Ã´s advice and Leave the Sad Things Behind. The diverse selection isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t enough to make this a must hear.