July Flame

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July Flame
July Flame.jpg
Studio album by Laura Veirs
Released January 12, 2010
Genre Folk, indie rock, Chamber folk
Length 43:58
Label Raven Marching Band Records/Bella Union
Laura Veirs chronology
Saltbreakers
(2007)Saltbreakers2007
July Flame
(2010)
Tumble Bee
(2011)Tumble Bee2011

July Flame is American singer-songwriter Laura Veirs' seventh studio album, released on January 12, 2010.

The title comes from a type of peach Veirs saw at a farmer's market.[1] Jim James of American rock band My Morning Jacket contributes falsetto harmonies on several tracks, including "Carol Kaye" which is a tribute to the so named bass guitarist.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(7.5/10.0)[3]

Reviews of July Flame have been favorable. The Independent calls it an "obliquely beautiful record, as they tend to be. Poetic and simple".[4] The New York Times says it is "full of layered folk and indie-rock bucolia and plain-spoken but stretchy-thinking language" and "there are some great, seemingly unforced, séancelike moments here".[5] The Guardian praises the album as "so extravagantly beautiful that it will send you scurrying back to its predecessors".[6] Entertainment Weekly writes that the album "sends us on hikes through dreamy landscapes evoked by her uniquely tangy voice, casting minimal instrumentation in glistening arrangements to captivate the melancholy imagination."[7] Paste Magazine proclaims that the album is Veirs' "finest work", and says "It's hard to imagine a better soundtrack to the chilly months than this collection of heady, steady, pensive songs".[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Can See Your Tracks" 2:58
  2. "July Flame" 3:45
  3. "Sun Is King" 3:20
  4. "Where Are You Driving?" 2:53
  5. "Life Is Good Blues" 2:35
  6. "Silo Song" 2:39
  7. "Little Deschutes" 4:06
  8. "Summer Is the Champion" 4:25
  9. "When You Give Your Heart" 3:05
  10. "Sleeper in the Valley" 4:02
  11. "Wide-Eyed, Legless" 2:35
  12. "Carol Kaye" 3:20
  13. "Make Something Good" 4:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Caraeff, Ezra Ace (7 January 2010). "Real Peach". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  2. ^ Allen, J. "Review: July Flame". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  3. ^ Tangari, Joe. "Review: July Flame". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  4. ^ Coleman, Nick (10 January 2010). "Album: Laura Veirs, July Flame (Bella Union)". The Independent. London. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  5. ^ Ratliff, Ben (10 January 2010). "New CDs". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  6. ^ Costa, Maddy (7 January 2010). "Laura Veirs: July Flame". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  7. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (7 January 2010). "July Flame (2010)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  8. ^ Maddux, Rachel (12 January 2010). "Laura Veirs: July Flame". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 12 January 2010.