ALBUM REVIEW: Carla Bozulich – Quieter | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 11.05. 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full disclosure: Glass House – Quieter’s third track – has made me cry actual tears twice now. The yearning in Carla Bozulich’s voice, the frail, deceptively pretty but skittering melody, all of it. The rest of the album – a gathering of songs ‘orphaned’ from other projects during her nomadic spell – is equally affecting.

Four decades into her consistently amazing, consistently overlooked career, Bozulich is at her peak. 2014’s Boy was great, but this is greater: from the blasted torch song opener Let It Roll, via more fractured, abstract pieces like Written In Smoke and Stained In Grace, to the Marc Ribot duet that closes (where Bozulich channels Julie London and Ute Lemper and you can see the curling cigarette smoke), Quieter doesn’t put a foot wrong.
 

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