Week 5, going strong, despite the fact I had this written and saved to published, then only realized today that everything I had written disappeared. I am happy to say I don't hate this process yet. For this week I got an opportunity to listen to Sarah Harmer, another artist on the list that I feel most Canadian's would know if they pay any attention to the Canadian music scene.
To my surprise Sarah Harmer has been making music for quite some time. She had a few bands prior to making it on her own as a solo artist. I got an opportunity this week to listen to "You Were Here" which was her sophomore album which debuted in 2000. This is arguably her most popular album, landing her commercial success, critical praise, and a number of popular singles.
Okay, what do I think about the music. Personally, I was not fussy on it. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I knew the popular tracks on the album - such as Basement Apt and Don't Get Your Back Up - but I felt the album was lacking something. You ever listen to an album and a few songs just felt like "filler" songs, merely there to provide space to an album with zero direction? At the end of the week I felt this whole album was just a "filler" album. Nothing on it really stood out to me from a lyrical standpoint, musical arrangement standpoint, or enjoyment standpoint. Even albums I have not particularly enjoyed - such as Bryan Adams - I still found myself humming along by the end of the week. Sadly, there was no humming along with Sarah during any the week. On my first listen to the album I was painting and I was just kind of going through the motions of listening. All of a sudden a great song came on and I mumbled to myself "Finally, something I enjoy". I quickly realized that Spotify had finished the album and begun playing music from another artists. whoops.
I know this goes against the popular opinion regarding this album, it even won her the 24th spot on a top 100 Canadian albums of all time (I should do my own list like this some day), but something about the album didn't jive with me. Reading more about it I realized many of the songs were merely songs pulled from other albums she had created with her previous bands. For example, Basement Apt was pulled from her 1995 album "Eepee" by her band titled Weeping Tiles. Perhaps internally I knew the album wasn't written in a singular sitting so the mood or tone of the album is not interconnected. Maybe this disjointed writing over the span of many years ultimately lead the album to not sounding like it had a purpose. Maybe I am reading way too much into it all. Either way, not an album I would listen to again.
Rating: 2 out of 5 Harmers
Next week: Walk Off The Earth