Happenstance - Rachael Yamagata
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  • Summary: 'Happenstance' is the first solo LP for the Chicago-based singer-songwriter, who has also recorded with the funk band Bumpus.
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  1. She proves she can hold her own with the best of the distressed songstresses. [11 Jun 2004, p.123]
  2. Yamagata's voice is one of those rare gifts, a vocal quality that is instantly recognizable and distinctive, yet somehow classic, with an incredible range that covers both the sensual lows and the tender, melancholy highs.
  3. Ms. Yamagata has moved beyond the slightly jazzy overtones of her debut EP to grandiose, ready-for-radio singer/songwriter pop for the ages.
  4. Her writing can be exceptional.
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    Carried off with an impressive theatricality. [Jul 2005, p.104]
  6. 70
    If she lacks [Fiona] Apple's emotional complexity, her lovely and original debut finds the romance in despair. [Jun/Jul 2004, p.149]
  7. There's nothing wrong with her performance -- it's just undistinguished.

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