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Laura Gibson
If You Come To Greet Me
Hush Records
www.lauragibson.net


Oregon native Laura Gibson is not a typical musician. Seldom exploring the world of recorded music, Gibson does music her way. Her beginning audience of choice was kindergarten classes, residents of nursing homes and hospices. She's a little bit of a small-town kind of gal, but it's that charm that comes outward in her style. If You Come To Greet Me approaches the listener with charm and sweetness. It almost becomes a girl-next-door kind of feel. Gibson's voice is warm and that, mixed with her small-town type of intimate qualities, makes the listener eager to greet Gibson.

On If You Come To Greet Me honesty lingers around the chords and words. Her voice may be soft, but it's confident. She is a little demur, but still willing to share. The entire album is very forward in the sense that there is little to no layering. She remains out in the open within the construction of the album. The simplistic orchestration does not cloud or create a façade to deter the ear from what Gibson wants to tell you. She sheds her proverbial clothes and lets you see her from the beginning.

"This Is Not The End" is quite the opener. Almost sounding as though it were a lo-fi, the song presents a sort of aged charm. It moves slowly as each note is quietly and gently played by Gibson. Her soft voice is heartfelt as she sings that "this is not the end." One of the more popular songs on the album, "Hand In Pockets" is a bit more upbeat with soft guest drumming by Rachel Blumberg (Norfolk And Western, M. Ward, The Decemberists) and as the song progresses; a bridge that utilizes spoons comes into play. Lyrics are once again simple, yet manage to capture a moment perfectly. "Tell me you always go before me/Out along the solemn grate/Tell me the season is almost over/ I can wait."

"Nightwatch" features another country aspect. Instead of spoons, she chooses a wallowing saw in the background with doubled vocals. The country theme continues within the album. In "Small Town Parade", she tells her story of being the center of attention in the small-town. "And I could be the queen of our small town parade / You could be the leader of a bold marching band / You could play the drum / And I could wave my hand / For the crowd." The most appealing thing about the song and its lyrics is the fact it doesn't matter if it's Gibson's small town, or anyone else's, the same things still apply. In "Country Song," Gibson gives a litany of "country" things she has managed to fall in love with.

Regardless of whether it is her love for the small-town wonders or of the country-esque things in life, Gibson manages to put a sheen of beauty on her subject matter. Furthermore, her beauty and deliverance of songs soars as her voice floats and touches each little note gracefully. If You Come To Greet Me is just that, everything you will get if you do greet Gibson and once you do, you can hardly wait to meet her again.

-Teresa Moreno

Track Listing:
1.This Is Not The End
2.Hands In Pockets
3.Nightwatch
4.Certainty
5.Wintering
6.Small Town Parade
7.Country Song
8.Broken Bottle
9.The Longest Day


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