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ARTIST
TITLE
The Lovely
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
AC 012CD AC 012CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/21/2005

"Recorded at home (a fairly Herculean task that involved, amongst other things, squeezing a string quartet into her front room) The Lovely began life as a bunch of 4-track recordings known collectively as 'Mara's Album Ha Ha Ha'. Mara signed to Matthew Herbert's Accidental Records at the beginning of 2004 and put the finishing touches to The Lovely in March. Arranged and produced by Mara, with additional production and mixing magic from her old buddies Plaid, the album is equal parts sinister and serene. The haunting opener, 'Saw Song', demonstrates Mara's saw playing skills and swooping vocal range. 'I Blame You Not', a loose arrangement of a piece of Schumann, has the feel of a jazz standard. 'Bonding' and 'Bravely Born(e)' are both awash with sweet forties-style harmonies. Conventional instruments such as piano and guitar appear alongside more unusual ones: ukuleles strum their way through quirky fairytale 'Baby Bloodheart' and an mbira (African thumb piano) provides the pulse for the uplifting album closer 'For Me'."