Rachael Yamagata - Worn Me Down [SkidVid].mpg
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RACHAEL YAMAGATA - HAPPENSTANCE, album released US June 2004.
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Rachael Yamagata [born September 23rd 1974 in Arlington, Virginia] is an American singer-songwriter. She plays piano and has a dark, raspy alto voice. A child of divorced parents, Yamagata divided her time growing up between her sansei Japanese American father, a Washington, D.C. based attorney and Harvard graduate, and her Italian-German, Jewish mother, an artist-painter in New York City. Yamagata became the vocalist for the Chicago funk-fusion band Bumpus, spending six years writing and recording three albums with the band and touring the country. In 2001, after having written a number of songs that didn't fit with the funk style of the band, Yamagata decided to take the songs and launch a solo career.
Happenstance was the first full-length album by Rachael Yamagata. It was released on BMG on June 8th 2004 in the US, and May 16th 2005 in the UK. There is a combustible quality about newcomer Rachael Yamagata that for a lot of listeners will call to mind Fiona Apple. A first spin of Happenstance can make you itch with the thrill of discovery, but it also leaves behind the impression that its singer is vaguely dangerous; which is exactly what makes these songs so absorbing. 'Everybody's talking how I can't be your love', she pouts in a melodically engineered stutter on opener 'Be Be Your Love', one of several tracks pairing her with a piano that seems to take the brunt of the punishment for her wrecked relationships. The rest of the disc unravels with similar heat. When she growls in her full-time rasp that "[You've] worn me down-like a road-I did everything you told" on the very infectious indie-rock leaning 'Worn Me Down', you believe her. But the less stormy numbers work as well, with '1963' coming off as flower-power pop grounded by a voice that knows better and 'I Want You' wending its way through a fat, heartsick wallow to emerge someplace burnt in honesty. A late minute-long instrumental feels more tasteful than pretentious, adding to a monster of a debut already fueling hopes that happenstance, the term, not the album, will play a miniscule part in Yamagata's eventual output.
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01 Be Be Your Love
02 Letter Read
03 Worn Me Down
04 Paper Doll
05 I’ll Find A Way
07 Under My Skin
08 Meet Me By The Water
09 Even So
10 I Want You
11 Reason Why
12 Moments With Oliver
14 Ode To..
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