Posted on January 08, 2013 by Tatyana Sharoubim
PLAY IT LOUD!!!
Serena Ryder has already left an indelible impression in Canada, where her album If Your Memory Serves You Well has been certified Gold and contributed to her winning the 2008 Juno Award for Best New Artist.
For American listeners, this sets the stage for is it o.k., her full length debut for Atlantic Records on which Ryder paints a self-portrait that’s bitter in betrayal in “Sweeping the Ashes,” furious and yet not without affection in the hard-hitting “Little Bit of Red,” teasingly romantic on “Brand New Love,” struggling to understand another’s pain on “Hiding Place,” even careening through cascades of contradictory emotion, almost from one word to the next, on “All for Love.”
All of these moments Ryder brings to life with a performance that resonates in memory long after its last notes fade.
Passion, humor, playfulness, anger and exultation: is it o.k. offers each in abundance. But truth? Here, Ryder draws the line.
“This whole record is about realizing that the more we think we know, the less we do know,” she insists. “It’s about me coming to terms with the fact that I’m imperfect, about being comfortable with feeling what I’m feeling and embracing being human in any way I possibly can.” (Read More...)
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