Year Of Meteors - Laura Veirs
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  • Summary: This is the fifth album for the Seattle-based singer-songwriter.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    With soft electronic rhythms and tape loops bubbling under, her impassive voice lays out rich lyrics as melodies build and explode around standout tracks like "Galaxies" and "Parisian Dreams."
  2. A rare combo: thoughtful and hummable. [9 Sep 2005, p.145]
  3. It can suggest Suzanne Vega's studio work, Neil Young's Crazy Horse or the latter-day Wilco. [22 Aug 2005]
  4. 80
    Year Of Meteors is no flat-out masterpiece.... Still, Veirs is clearly moving in the right direction. [Sep 2005, p.102]
  5. Where this release stands out is in overall sound and songwriting.
  6. A folk-schooled reverie with a dark undercurrent.
  7. Sometimes this more expansive, substantial sound works to very good effect.... Where it doesn't is when it messes with two of Veirs' greatest assets: her haunted lyrics and haunting, Cat-Power-trapped-in-a-deep-well voice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. AdrianoC
    Jun 26, 2006
    The more I listen to this album, the better it gets. It takes me to beaches and to the backstage of a concert; dream pop indeed. "Year of meteors" is damn perfect. Expand
  2. royl
    Sep 18, 2005
    Just saw Laura at Southgate House. Didn't know who she was. I was utterly blown away. How come 99% of what I hear on the radio and MTV is such crap when there are people like Laura out there writing such good stuff? The new album, and Carbon Glacier before it, are both great. There isn't a bad song on either. She is much bigger in Europe than here, I found out. Expand
  3. RossA
    Oct 3, 2005
    Laura Veirs just keeps gettin better as Patrick K points out. If you listen to her previous albums, you can tell that she continuously searches to improve her sound while still keeping her own unique musical style and perspective. On that basis alone, Years of Meteors deserves an A for effort; the other albums of hers really pale in comparison to this. Furthermore, the album stands fantastically on its own. Her high notes are well hit, sweet, and sensual. Her guitarwork perfectly suits all the songs. Each song individually has character. Truely, my favorite album of this year thus far. Ignore the critics rating. They don't know anything as far as this artist goes. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Sep 4, 2005
    Overall just a great CD.
  5. ChrisinAustralia
    Dec 5, 2005
    Seem to read a lot of comments around the place inferring that Laura's sound is not very original and that it is a bit cliched. I completely disagree. I think her songwriting and sound is both unique and fantastic. I don't think that Meteors is quite as good as her previous Carbon Glacier, but it is close! I enjoy her lyrics especially, they always take me on a journey and fill my mind with all sorts of images. Not many artists can do that! Expand
  6. Matt
    Oct 11, 2005
    Good music with some eccentric touches, but the lyrics are the biggest strength. The lyrics are detailed while remaining animated.
  7. Kaylie
    Oct 29, 2005
    Generally Unfavorable. Laura Veirs inherits the legacy of pop pseudo-intellectualism crafted for mass consumption. Nonesuch is rife with this kind of toothless stuff. But if you think bands like Wilco are clever and moving, you might like this. Expand

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