A cursory listen to Lisa Germano's latest In the Maybe
World reveals a slightly disconcerting record filled with subtle
experimentation and brutal, unflinching lyrical honesty. In truth,
Germano has produced an atmospheric collection of minimalist ballads
that incorporates elements of electronica and chamber pop alongside
lyrics of loss. Each song on In the Maybe World is at once
intimate and distant, cerebral and emotionally centered. Germano tackles
loneliness on the sparse "Too Much Space," which features
her sweetest vocals on the album. "Into Oblivion," by contrast,
features more inscrutable lyrics that could either be about death
or the end of a relationships set to slowly crescendoing, strummed
guitars. "In the Land of Fairies" is perhaps the most haunting,
ethereal song on the CD, with its lyrics of a fairy tale gone wrong,
sinister falsetto chorus, and minor key piano arrangement. "Wire,"
meanwhile, features Germano's most brokenhearted vocals, replete with
sighs and cracks that are reminiscent of Lucinda Williams without
the twang. The slow-burning simmer of "Red Thread" finds
its emotional center in anger and desolation, while Germano's tribute
to Jeff Buckley, "Except For the Ghosts," is a down
tempo piano only ballad imbued with grief and an eerie sensibility.
"After Monday" wraps things up with its musical disintegration.
Ironically, "After Monday" is perhaps the most hopeful song
on the CD. Throughout, Germano's vocals and lyrics are both touching
and hard-edged, her experimentation consisting of rare string arrangements
and guitar feedback. All in all, In the Maybe World is a must-have
CD for those who like their music a bit left of center and their lyrics
heartbroken and provocative.
- Tracy M. Rogers
1. The Day
2. Too Much Space
3. Moon In Hell
4. Golden Cities
5. Into Oblivion
6. In the Land of Fairies
8. In the Maybe World
9. Red Thread
10. A Seed
11. Except for the Ghosts
12. After Monday
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