Mrs. Torrance

I'm the Bird

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Tamara Williamson's expressive voice calls up a few comparison points, from Kristin Hersh to Mary Margaret O'Hara, but Mrs. Torrance as a whole is a much more rocking ensemble. There are touches of artiness, some driving punkish rock, and some pieces that are just pure ambience; in fact, "You Criminal" moves through all of these within the same piece. A couple of high points: Williamson's grandmother singing a rather ungrandmotherly intro to one of the songs and the ten-minute ambient closer which seems more like floating than listening. Ultimately, the album met with the kind of commercial indifference that most complex Canadian pop albums do, and shortly afterward, Williamson went solo.

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