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.
  5. 70
    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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  1. fdgddfgdfgdgdfgddf
    Jan 22, 2007
    10
    bloddy good
  2. AlexisB.
    May 18, 2007
    10
    Really hard to describe the album, but "Impossibly Beautiful" fits very well...Rachael is one of those artists that you can relate to even if the song's got nothing to do with you. Perfect harmony between her voice, the never ending strings...too much emotion, feeling, romance all with a smoky voice...adore it! Expand
  3. ChesterC.
    Apr 15, 2008
    10
    Love, love, love this debut album from Rachael Yamagata. From the first note of piano of "Be, Be Your Love" to the harmonious strings of "Quiet", this album exudes class and sophistication. The lyrics are amazingly beautiful too. Rachael Yamagata is a talent to be reckon with. Expand
  4. KenS
    Dec 29, 2005
    9
    sultry voice, catchy tunes. really enjoyed this album
  5. DarylL
    May 28, 2005
    8
    Never has sadness sounded so good. Rachael's voice sounds so morose and soulful, yet not boring. amazing.
  6. MichelleP.
    Jul 9, 2004
    8
    Her songs are deep and smoky, and she reveals a simplicity in lyrics and complexity in arrangment that turn out to be an excellent marriage.
  7. SteveP
    Jan 24, 2005
    5
    Great voice, good sound, incredibly inane and purile lyrics. If I didn't understand English, I'd love this CD. But I do. And the lyric writing is just plain awful Expand

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