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  • Summary: The debut album for the Montreal trio was produced by Justin Vernon.
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  1. Far removed from the desolation I feel surrounded by, Land of Talk's first full-length album's sense of hope, grounded in realism, is at once reassuring and encouraging.
  2. Elizabeth Powell, the lead singer of this three-piece Montreal indie-rock band, sounds marvelously self-assured on Some Are Lakes, its reverberant full-length debut.
  3. The wonder of Some Are Lakes is the fact that such arguably masculine instrumentation goes such a long way to buoy Powell's lady vocals. Neither takes a backseat, and the combination feels way natural.
  4. Though the album works overall, considering how much she dominates it--to say nothing of the constant roster changes and some recent singular success in the form of joining Broken Social Scene--you have to wonder if Powell wouldn’t be better off on her own.
  5. Some Are Lakes is a record that grows in stature with repeated listens, whispering more of its secrets under the still blanket of late nights.
  6. As violent, plaintive, and ultimately conflicted as anything she's already written ("I know how to kill but I hate how it feels."), many of Powell's lyrical sketches are of the blood red, open-heart-surgery variety, a word set her producer knows well.
  7. The Montreal group's full-length debut, Some Are Lakes, frustratingly lacks that energy, as well as "Boo's" memorable afterglow. [Nov 2008, p.155]

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  1. ders
    Oct 22, 2008
    9
    Beautiful vocals. A little like an indie Edie Brickell Mezmorizing, raw backing tracks. Brilliant.
  2. DannyV
    Oct 24, 2008
    9
    Land of Talk opened for a Broken Social Scene concert I attended a couple weeks ago. Hadn't heard of the band before, but they were a Land of Talk opened for a Broken Social Scene concert I attended a couple weeks ago. Hadn't heard of the band before, but they were a very nice treat. Gotta love the hotbed of talent coming out of Montreal. Picked up the album and was not disappointed. Expand