Various Artists

In My Living Room

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According to the liner notes by "Andy" (no last name given), this compilation was an outgrowth of his "putting together a home studio to do hi-fi recordings of bands in a living room environment." These tracks were, apparently, recorded in a living room or something like it, and meant for listening in a living room situation as well, since most of it is low-key alternative rock with a folky bent. There aren't any big names here, unless you count Richard Davies, but you might recognize Mary Timony (of Helium) and Chris Colbourn (of Buffalo Tom), who use this as an opportunity for a solo side project outing. It's pleasant, if not essential, stuff that's more agreeable than compelling. The tracks by Ida and Valerie have nice female harmonies that add sonic variety; Seana Carmody's "Crystallized Your World" sounds a little like the kind of folk-rock played by Penelope Houston.

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