Light Of X - Miranda Lee Richards
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  • Summary: The second full-length album for the model/actor-turned-singer from San Francisco.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Years later, however, the well-networked songwriter appears to have finally found her own voice with Light of X.
  2. While Light of X seldom soars, it certainly cruises at a pleasant altitude.
  3. Richards often errs on the side of wispy and ephemeral on her new album, Light of X, but albums can do worse things than wash over you like a hillside sunset.
  4. It’s a stretch to call anything timeless, and singer-songwriters aren’t about to go out of style any time soon. At the very least, it’s another 12 songs just waiting to be plucked for the montage scenes of next season’s prime-time dramedies.
  5. Delivered in a pure, unblemished voice, even the sad songs are comforting, occasionally to a fault.
  6. Yet while thousands of tons of this dross are produced on a yearly basis, Richards's work stands safely above most, drawing on offbeat influences such as Mazzy Star and compositions that, despite sounding borderline soulless, are for the most part coldly dazzling.
  7. Unfortunately, Richards doesn't play to her strengths often enough. Too much of Light of X slips out of straightforward and into simple.

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