Syd Straw | Pink Velour

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Pink Velour

by Syd Straw

Indie folk rock.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pink Velour
7:48 $0.99
2. My Ship Comes In
4:20 $0.99
3. Marry Me
3:47 $0.99
4. The Stranger I Live With
4:28 $0.99
5. Floaty Wafter
5:24 $0.99
6. Unraveling
8:36 $0.99
7. Papier Mache
3:25 $0.99
8. Harvest
3:32 $0.99
9. Storm Warning
4:39 $0.99
10. About to Forget
5:26 $0.99
11. By This River
3:14 $0.99
12. Actress
8:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Raised in California and Vermont, schooled in New York, Syd Straw started her career as a back-up singer for Pat Benatar, then joined the eclectic Golden Palominos (featuring Michael Stipe, Matthew Sweet, and Anton Fier). In 1989, she released her first solo album Surprise on Virgin records. Her most recent album, War and Peace, features The Skeletons from Springfield, Missouri, deemed by Rolling Stone as "the greatest bar band of all time." In between and during all of this, Syd has maintained an acting career (Pete & Pete, Tales of The City), and collaborated with a slew of other artists, including: Rickie Lee Jones, Freedy Johnston, Marc Ribot, David Sanborn, and Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, just to name a few



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Carl Hockersmith

Pink Velour
Fantastic! CD Baby should have released it earlier.


It's a CD, not a CD-R
First of all, I must correct a fact that CDbaby has gotten wrong in their listing of this album: it is not a CD-R, but a real silver CD, a pressed CD. It comes in a digipak with a plastic tray made out of recycled material and has a 12 page booklet.

No Syd Straw review can get around namedropping the Golden Palominos, the group with which Syd first came to prominence, but I'm going to spare you the details here. "Pink Velour" is Syd Straw's third album, and probably her most personal yet, which becomes obvious already in the opener, the title track. Musically, the album is located in that blend of folk, pop, Americana and unexpected elements that widen the scope of these styles, which is Syd's trademark sound. That is not a surprise, since she produced it herself. With the exception of a Neil Young cover and a Brian Eno cover, all the songs are her own writing. The musicians that play on the album include Willie Aron, D.J. Bonebrake, and Marc Ribot, amongst others, with notable guest spots by Robert Lloyd on mandolin on "Marry Me", Doug Wieselman on bass clarinet giving "Floaty Wafter" and the covers a wonderful ambience, and Dave Alvin on electric guitar on what would be my first single of choice: "The Stranger I Live With".
Even though some songs on this album are up to 8 minutes long, you don't notice it until you look at your watch, because the album is quite an intense listen. It has a calming quality to it, too, with the wit in the lyrics making you light up amidst the relaxing mood that the music has got, even though at times, it features some heavy electic guitars. I've found it's best played as a whole, but if I'd have to pick some songs, I would enlist all the above mentioned, plus "My Ship Comes In", "Storm Warning", "Actress", which I consider quite catchy, and the epos that's "Unraveling". If you're not familiar with Syd's voice yet, the album might take a while to get into, but feel free to try it out anyway, because this album is a grower.


Gorgeous record! You will love it.

mark young

Pink Velour
Syd's album are few and far apart, but again the voice of an angel

Dave Hogan

Syd Scores with Pink Velour
Syd is a lovely talent--mature of thought, alternately elegiac and urgent of tone, and always leading with that marvelous, yearning voice. I love her work, and I love this record. After just one play it felt like a friend.


Pink Velour
Strong, rich, and beautiful.