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Mary Lorson & Saint Low
Tricks For Dawn

There is music that comes from the head and music that comes from the gut. Mary Lorson & Saint Lowís music is definitely the latter. Lorsonís soulful outpouring is underscored by pleading piano, crying violin and yearning trumpets. Formerly the voice of Madder Rose, Lorsonís sound is full and strong enough to carry the massive songs on Tricks For Dawn.

Opening with the winding of a music box and its light, tinkling tune, the 11 jazz and orchestral-infused songs feature a group of talented musicians and guests (including former Lemonheads' frontman Evan Dando) who prove that sophisticated pop is not an oxymoron. With instrumental interludes interspersed, the songs range from lilting ("Friends, I Have Been Drinking") to fervent ("Oh Regret") to weighty ("Strange Gift").

Throughout the album, especially the moody "Your Lament," I picture Lorson in a smoky bar, behind a grand piano. Though lyrically the album is somewhat predictable, "Long Way Down" includes the clever turn of phrase the burning sugar smell of you in love with someone else. Dark and confessional, the title track is the most stripped down, relying mostly on piano and harp to support the intimate vocals (Tonight the walls have no secrets).

Mary Lorson & Saint Lowís music is beautiful because itís complex without seeming showy or academic. For all the masterful technique, it is music that doesnít cease to be instinctive and accessible.

Jennifer Conrad

Track List:

  1. Planet Pleasant Grove
  2. Morningless Dreamer
  3. Friends, I Have Been Drinking
  4. Interlude Number Two
  5. Oh Regret
  6. Strange Gift
  7. Anything Can Happen
  8. Your Lament
  9. Blast Off
  10. Accelerate
  11. Long Way Down
  12. Tricks For Dawn

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