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cynlovescandy
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norad wrote:

Best review ever.

Laughing I'm sure my thoughts will be more eloquent after ice cream, and a few listens through. Hi, Nora!

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wilsmith
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cynlovescandy wrote:
I'm finally getting around to listening,
and so yeah, I'm basically sobbing.
It's so beautiful.
I need ice cream.


Mr. Green

One sentence shy of the 5 sentences I'm looking for...
So close, yet so far.

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why not take a swing at it? i think this is five sentences lol


Sway, the debut album from indie folk-pop act Merriment is a breath of fresh air in the singer/songwriter genre. The album is a natural growth from their first release (the 'Through the Rough' EP), with more orchestration and creative arrangements sprucing up their already sturdy sound. Vocalist Christie DuPree's voice displays a lovely range of emotions throughout the tracks, while her brother Collin's guitar work augments but never overpowers. Highlights are 'Patterns', a love song Disney should snatch up for their next romantic film if they have any common sense, and 'Now I'm Silver', which might be the album's most timeless sounding track. Overall, the maturity in the songwriting displayed here goes beyond the age of its composers and shows great promise for future work from Merriment.
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Excellent write-up. Pro-quality! PM me with how you would like to be credited and and links you'd to have listed or whimsical biographical details, akin to how we do a the close of our Memories articles. http://www.strangeyellowpatterns.com/memories/624-memories-vol-3
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I'm really liking SWAY, but I just feel like it lacks the unique identity of their first effort. It ends up sounding like some early-gen Eisley stuff and not like its own thing.

I say get back to that twangy folk Texas sound.
They do a little in 'Down by the Creek'.
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One more sentence and you qualify for the Team Review 5 sentence requirement.
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KIS, Stupid Smile
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Works for me. Laughing
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Merriment "Backwards" Lyric Video
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She sounds pretty much exactly like Sherri on the chorus.
If I heard that bit isolated and was told it was part of a song Sherri was working on, I would have little reason to doubt it.

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tahruh
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So we picked up the album at the Dallas show a few weeks ago, and have been playing it quite a bit since. Not having been much of a fan of Merriment myself (which is not true of my husband), I have to admit that I was really pleasantly surprised by it. I like the songs that were released to promote the album well enough but they're a little on the plain side, which has always kind of been my perception of Merriment as a whole -- pleasant but not terribly interesting, whereas a number of songs on the album are actually arranged very interestingly (particularly Tremendous Love [major Eisley vibes though]). And one or two are really gorgeous. Two Worlds is truly breathtaking. Perfectly simple.

And Christie's voice is very interesting; it's changed a lot as she's matured, and in some ways I'm not sure it's for the better, but then I'm not sure if what I'm hearing is genuine change and not just style experimentation. At times she sounds exactly like Stacy at her best, and others she does sound like she could be Sherri, which is less appealing to me. But there are even times she sounds exactly like Chauntelle!

So yeah, I suppose that I've been converted!

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tungsten
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pretty much what tahruh said. I'm really enjoying the album, a lot more than I expected too.

Favorites are Patterns, Now I'm Silver, Spill, Unhinged.
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tungsten wrote:
pretty much what tahruh said. I'm really enjoying the album, a lot more than I expected too.

Favorites are Patterns, Now I'm Silver, Spill, Unhinged.


...every time Patterns comes on in the car, I turn it up a bit and the wife makes faces. Don't like the album arrangement as much as the Music Shed session version though.
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Best version of Patterns so far for me was their live performance at the Troubadour in 2011, (just Christie and Collin, same as music shed performance). The new arrangement does work for me though too as a bigger, more full band sound (could have been a radio single in a better decade).
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bigideas
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Has anyone seen a Merriment CD somewhere besides their record label or at a concert?

No 'who buys physical media' comments, please. =)

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