Some Are Lakes - Land of Talk
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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. 80
    This Montreal group's first full-length features a slightly brighter, looser sound than their wonderfully sludgy 2006 EP, perhaps due to the input of Justin Vernon (a.k.a. folkie marvel Bon Iver), who coproduced with the band.
  3. 80
    With her flinty guitar growling eloquent melodies and stricken solos, the group rock with a primal sensitivity akin to early Throwing Muses, but it's Powell's voice that's their truly irresistible element. [Nov 2008, p.118]
  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. Produced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, cuts like 'Yuppy Flu' and 'It's Okay' are steeped in morbid imagery, but Powell's passionate delivery makes this set life-affirming.
  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
    Beautiful vocals. A little like an indie Edie Brickell Mezmorizing, raw backing tracks. Brilliant.
  2. DannyV
    Oct 24, 2008
    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