Marissa Nadler – The Sister (2012)
Nadler six full-length albums has shown she has a special gift for crafting portraits within her songs. Five of The Sister‘s eight songs are about a clearly defined character. In addition to the burnout rock singer of “Constantine”, there’s the sad soul of “Christine” (“I find you deep inside your den/a home to your bones, and then/escort you to court you but you’re firmly dying, instead”). In the past, overemphasized instrumentals might have distracted from the figure central to “Love Again, There Is a Fire” (“Mary, Mary, never died/like we thought she would”), but here there’s only a subtle piano supplementing her words. With its feet firmly planted in the minimalist end of the folk pool, this album gives Nadler’s lyrics extra room to stretch out and breathe, and her sorrowful characters have the opportunity to come to life.
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