A Ways Away - Tara Jane O'Neil
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  • Summary: This is the first album on K Records for the Portland, Oregon, singer-songwriter.
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  1. Like nothing else you’ll hear this year.
  2. A Ways Away casts a spell you won't want to break. [Jun 2009, p.102]
  3. She succeeds in a rare feat here, making a mood-sustaining record comprised of songs that only improve when listened to in sequence.
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    A Ways Away is a beautifully low-key set that frames her mellifluous voice and folky asongs with guitar drones and a slow-motion, dream-like feel. [Aug 2009, p.98]
  5. A Ways Away, O'Neil's fifth solo album and first on the K imprint, draws together her considerable experience as a producer, singer, and songwriter in a fleetingly beautiful 36 minutes that washes over the listener in an introspective haze.
  6. From the title on down, O'Neil invokes space and silence, guiding you through more sonic and emotional emptiness than you might think possible in 37 minutes.
  7. It seems a little mean to judge this against song-based records - if anything, the narrative arc suggests it's 'about' the deterioration of meaning / tunefulness / drama into the inconsequentiality of real life; still, on its own terms, it's rather precious.

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