Sixpence None the Richer

Fatherless & the Widow

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Sixpence None the Richer's very first release, The Fatherless & the Widow, hints at their later promise, particularly with Leigh (Bingham) Nash's light vocal touch. The songwriting leaves a bit to be desired, especially toward the middle of the album. "Field of Flowers" opens the album with a joyful, springy beat, and the second track, "Trust," is the high point of the album, with its catchy, sweetly beautiful tune and encouraging lyrics. "Falling Leaves," "Meaningless," and "Soul" show the growing up the band needs to do. There is a strange preoccupation with despair, and all the songs have an odd, driving beat despite their meditative lyrics, as if the band hasn't quite figured out how to slow down. "Trust (Reprise)" shows the future direction of the band, with its piano and string arrangement nicely framing Bingham's voice. This album is a nice effort, and, with "Trust," is a worthwhile investment for fans of the band, but will have little appeal for the casual listener.

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