Life On Earth - Tiny Vipers
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length album for Jesy Fortino, the singer-songwriter based in Seattle, Washington.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
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  1. For as spare as her pallet is (many of the songs consist only of Fortino’s single or multi-tracked vocals accompanied by her own acoustic guitar), there is a staggering diversity in tone and feeling throughout the album.
  2. While it won’t be for everyone, and won’t be an album for all occasions, Life on Earth is a stark, devastating achievement.
  3. Taken as a whole, Life doesn't really depart from "Hands Across the Void" (itself not exactly a cheery record), but rather refines and builds upon it, besting the previous album's runtime by a factor of 1.5 and boasting, as a bonus, a number of melodies that stick like tar in spite of their spareness.
  4. She moves slowly, but she’s a good musician and singer; this is the surprise, because in her line of work you expect more dishevelment.
  5. Fortino's considerable talent for trance-inducing musical honesty could probably use a little bit of editing. It's better in the end for listeners to feel like they're being driven, not just along for the ride.
  6. Like fellow abstract lyricist Kristin Hersh, her quill is aimed at the introverted, resulting in work that is both deeply personal and frustratingly impenetrable.
  7. 40
    The result, unfortunately, is one of the dreariest hours you will even spend listening to music. [Aug 2009, p.100]

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