Saltbreakers - Laura Veirs
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  • Summary: The Portland, Ore-based singer-songwriter reunites with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists) for her sixth album, which is titled after her backing band.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. Saltbreakers is exceptionally strong, and it shows Veirs has more than just poetic whimsy up her sleeve.
  2. Veirs here is at the peak of her game, and as refreshing as a lungful of oxygen.
  3. By eschewing the careworn vulnerability so favoured by many female artists, Veirs allows her remarkable songcraft and ornate use of language to shine.
  4. Saltbreakers is a wonderful album – a little glossy on the surface maybe, but saved from preciousness by its intelligence, restraint and soaring images.
  5. She succeeds on a level that was always just out of reach; the whole thing feels organic and natural.
  6. Veirs’ songs are content to be four-minute pop numbers that exude hooks and instrumental magic; her album is content to be a collection of these songs, with no big finish or three-act dramatic arc.
  7. The record grows soggy with Veirs' over-reliance on nautical themes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. MattD.
    Apr 16, 2007
    Ok, that does it. I'm not even going to Pitchfork to try to learn about new artists. None of their reviewers knows what they are talking about. This CD has some enchanting songs where you can really use your imagination and visualize. But she also complements these songs with the sing-along song "Saltbreakers" and the punky "Phantom Mountain." A well rounded and inventive CD. Expand
  2. FlemmingF
    Mar 28, 2007
    Up there with her best (being Carbon Glacier). Catchy as hell.
  3. BrettN
    Apr 28, 2007
    Pitchfork is usually out of line. I think their take on the Sufjan Stevens' relationship here is way off base and ignores the temporal relationship of the emergence of these two artists. I rarely pay any attention to Pitchfork (I hate even having to capitalize it, because I don't think it merits such importance). Expand
  4. Dan
    May 3, 2007
    Has anyone noticed that Veirs' best song to date and the best song I heard this year thus far is on this album? "Drink Deep" is absolutely stunning! Expand
  5. thrownfree
    May 13, 2007
    Here's the problem with the pitchfork review: The writer, by his own admission, decided before he gave the album a chance--or even, probably, a listen--that it was imitative. It then goes on to fulfill his expectations. So, yeah, let's not even try to be disinterested. I found the album less obviously outstanding than Year of Meteors, but there's much to love. Far from "adult contemporary" instrumentation (as the pitchfork reviewer states), the musicianship is infectious, articulate, but never hints at either melodrama or a sterile, "boxed" studio sound. Though I loved YofM, I found some of Veirs' lyrics overwrought. Lyrically, this album is stronger, the images somehow more direct and less fussy. Expand
  6. TimB
    Apr 18, 2007
    Not as good as her last 2 albums but still really enjoyable and far far better than the Pitchfork review will lead you to believe
  7. CaptainWacky
    Apr 29, 2007
    Ha ha, suck shit Pitchfork! Wrong again! I haven't actually been madly in love with much that Laura's done since her early EPs, but it's still good to see some chicks on the bench. Keep up the good work, toots. Expand