OA: Suggestion of the week October 17, 2008

Usually, I cringe when news releases for musicians start out by describing how hard that person’s journey was to fame.

Gag me. I don’t think musical stardom just falls in most people’s laps.

But despite the lead, “It wasn’t easy getting here for Rachael Yamagata,” I gave her new CD
“Elephants ... Teeth Sinking Into Heart” a listen to, anyway.

It’s actually a single record in two parts. Disc one is more sentimental, ooey gooey love and heartache, while disc two does rock a little more. It’s louder at least.

The two discs really are quite lovely. I enjoy them because Yamagata’s voice is smooth and soft and interesting enough to listen to, perfect for those upcoming rainy and snowy days.

My favorite songs are “Little Life,” because of the climax, and “Duet,” because it really is a duet between Yamagata and Ray Lamontagne.

And I suppose Yamagata’s journey was painful. It includes heartbreak, a broken wrist, stitches and a blown-out eardrum (which I would imagine hurts).

You can buy the CD for $11.49 on Amazon.com.


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