Miriam Clancy | Magnetic

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by Miriam Clancy

"An exceptional album... Magnetic veers from its gripping opener The Best (which has echoes of Bush and Sinead O'Connor) to the bouncy Motown-flavoured mega-production of Join the Chorus to the Radiohead/Pink Floyd atmospheres of the title track"
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Best
3:30 $0.99
2. When I Do
2:35 $0.99
3. Join The Chorus
3:31 $0.99
4. You Ain't The Worst Mistake I've Made
3:34 $0.99
5. Southern Cross
4:00 $0.99
6. Only Lonely One
3:33 $0.99
7. Real Love
3:32 $0.99
8. Mixtape
2:30 $0.99
9. Magnetic
4:31 $0.99
10. Ghost Town
3:55 $0.99
11. Baby Blues
4:14 $0.99
12. The Knife
2:37 $0.99
13. My Heart Is A Traitor
4:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Elsewhere is pleased to say it discovered the gifts of Miriam Clancy very early in the piece and hailed her debut album Lucky One of 2006 as one of the best of that year ...now back with this new album -- and a lot has changed.

Where that debut was sometimes spare and firmly in the territory of singer-songwriter, this album is much more layered (musically and lyrically) and comes with some haunting sonic settings which support the greater depths she now explores.

Clancy still writes a crisp melody and hook (You Ain't The Worst Mistake I've Made) and there's a track here entitled Join the Chorus (which you do, despite its slightly psychedelic feel).

But from the moody opener The Best which increasingly soars over rapid percussion and throbbing bass, through Southern Cross with its melodic hints at Lennon's War is Over in the chorus, the low mood of Only Lonely One ("a sentimental fool when it comes to you") and the stately title track to the closing ballad My Heart is a Traitor ("beating for you") this is an exceptional album.

The outstanding Ghost Town sketches a story of suburban failure through stark images: "around here we don't own homes, we got dope and a Valiant Charger . . . around here you've got a permanent cold, the neighbour's tinny put your life on hold".

This is as an astute piece of observational writing as would come from our most acclaimed poets (if they dared venture into this territory), and here the whispered ennui and stark setting -- with Warren Maxwell on backing vocals -- elevates it into the ranks of one of this country's finest pieces of songwriting.

Clancy has has upped the stakes for herself on many fronts with Magnetic -- there is a string section in a couple of places, unusual instruments from the Whittaker's musical museum on Waiheke, a roll call of excellent musicians including guitarist Dan Sperber, Dominic Blazer (on Hammond) and others, and songwriting that is as strong and sensitive as it is emotionally gripping.

All that and some great folk-pop confessional songs like Baby Blues.


Graham Reid, elsewhere.co.nz


"..this album just literally stopped me in my tracks... she's fantastic... she's got a beautiful voice... she writes well crafted songs... she has a very poetic sense to her lyrics and she is a talent to watch... magnetic, one of my favourite local artists of the year..." ★★★★½ Francesca Rudkin, Breakfast, TVNZ

"A voice to move mountains... one of NZ musics' best kept secrets... Magnetic veers from its gripping opener The Best (which has echoes of Bush and Sinead O'Connor) to the bouncy Motown-flavoured mega-production of Join the Chorus to the Radiohead/Pink Floyd atmospheres of the title track." ★★★★ Russell Baillie, Timeout cover story & Best Albums of the Year, The New Zealand Herald

"..passes second album test with flying colours ...sophisticated and assured songs and sonics ... haunting ...powerful multi-layered arrangements ...irresistible singles 'You Ain't The Worst Mistake I've Made' and 'Join The Chorus' ...leaving no doubts that she is currently one of this country's hottest songwriters." ★★★★ George Kay, Real Groove Magazine

"sexy & volatile... timeless pop tunes... head-turning... these moments remind me of the great records Dusty Springfield and Sandy Shaw made in the 60s... Clancy has aimed high and carried it off, giving these big songs the treatment they deserve” Nick Bollinger, The Listener

"She's one of our top singer-songwriters. The critics wax effusive..." Gary Steel, Metro Magazine

"one of the handful of essential local albums of the year" Nick Bollinger, The Sampler, Radio NZ National

"..this is an exceptional album." Graham Reid, Best of Elsewhere

“poised to take off” Jim Mora, Radio NZ National

MAGNETIC was recorded by Andre Upston, co-produced by Miriam Clancy and mastered by Greg Calbi [John Lennon, Talking Heads, Cat Power] at Sterling Sound, NYC. It features the stellar talents of Chip Matthews [Opensouls], Chris O'Conner [SJD/Don McGlashan]; Nick Atkinson & Tim Stewart [Supergroove]; Aaron Tokona [Weta/Cairo Knife Fight]; Warren Maxwell [Little Bushmen]; Dom Blaazer [Don McGlashan] and Grant Winterburn along with members of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra arranged by Bruce Lynch. It was largely written between Nashville and Great Barrier Island and recorded in New Zealand featuring an array of instruments including a 400 year old theatre organ recorded on Waiheke Island and instruments her grandfather handcrafted in the 50's to found the Kaitaia Tamburica Orchestra.

Magnetic is released in New Zealand stores through Rhythmethod and is available worldwide through CD Baby and iTunes, for all enquiries please contact info@desertroadrecords.com or visit www.miriamclancy.com



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Bill Hester

a truly great album
This album brings back to life the concept of a musically cohesive record album - all the tracks are strong, in their lyrics, their tunes and their production . In my opinion, the best New Zealand album of 2009. There's not a song on here to be skipped - all the tracks stand out in their musicality. Get the album, and also get the earlier album (Lucky One) by Miriam. You won't be disappointed.