La Grande - Laura Gibson
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  • Summary: The latest album for the singer-songwriter was inspired in part by the town of La Grande, Oregon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    90
    It is a truly beautiful album.
  2. Jan 18, 2012
    80
    The best tracks ooze a kind of drowsy melancholy. [Feb 2012, p.86]
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    This gem of a long-player – both sleepy and steely, mystical yet rooted in very real and universal themes – deserves all the plaudits that will hopefully meet its release.
  4. Jan 31, 2012
    80
    This curiously beautiful little album has retained the surreal, daydreamy quality and rustic chill of its predecessor, while adding a lot more warmth. [Feb 2012, p.99]
  5. 70
    While a sense of nostalgia runs through the record--from archaic instrumental sounds and gramophone crackle to Gibson's own pure vocal distilled through multi-tracking--the sheer craft she brings to blending the old with the new makes listening an altogether rewarding experience.
  6. Jan 25, 2012
    70
    This is a wonderful, subtle album, whose songs seem simple at first, but open up and grow more interesting on repeated listens.
  7. Jan 19, 2012
    60
    La Grande's subtle sonic shifts augur even more exciting directions to come. [#39, p.68]

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  1. Jan 30, 2012
    5
    Didn't really grab me for some reason. Laura Gibson sings just fine, but the songs come off more as mood music then something that really drew me in. Maybe it was the atmospheric production; lots of upright bass very prominent in the mix and plenty of CB radio effect on Laura's voice. I listened to a bit of Laura's previous album, Beasts of Seasons, and the sparse mix with her voice front and center was much more effective than what happened with this album's producer trying to do too much. Expand