On Leaving - Nina Nastasia
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  • Summary: Steve Albini co-produced the artist's first album in three years.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. A dark tour de force of a master songwriter. [#15]
  2. 80
    An exercise in economy. [Dec 2006, p.120]
  3. On Leaving has an elegiac delicacy; it’s an album to make you weep.
  4. The record is no departure, but when the form is this strong one isn’t needed.
  5. The majority of Nastasia’s guitar-and-piano bit parts are full bodied and masterful, overshadowing many big-footed leading ladies’ recent folk releases.
  6. After Run to Ruin, it's difficult to hear Nastasia pull back to a songwriter-with-guitar style.
  7. The lyrics lack the indirectness of so much of The Blackened Air and Road to Ruin, just as the piano-embroidered instrumentation skims the surface of what the singer’s band once plumbed with all of its clawing and scraping.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. jd
    Oct 5, 2006
    8
    An intensely crafted work of raw emotion.
  2. stevew
    Oct 22, 2006
    8
    lovely stuff