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Although Lure the Fox is only a minimal step away from the sparse The Size of Planets in terms of the lushness of its arrangements, it sounds considerably more self-assured and mature than the South Dakota native's debut. Haley Bonar's close-mic'ed, gently twangy vocals remain front and center, sounding like the moody triangulation point between Gillian Welch, Aimee Mann and Neko Case. However, the multi-instrumentalist expands her arsenal beyond acoustic guitar and Fender Rhodes, adding more drums, a wider variety of keyboards, and increased roles for Alan Sparhawk's electric guitar and Chris Morrissey's bass. The songs remain basically the same as on the debut, favoring floaty minor-key tunes and literate lyrics that tease themselves into the listener's mind rather than spelling themselves out. Fans of Shannon Wright, Laura Veirs or any of the above-named artists will find much to love here.


Born: April 22, 1983 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born near Winnipeg, raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and later based in St. Paul, Minnesota, singer/songwriter Haley Bonar is in the same musical orbit of the dreamy Minnesotans Low. (Her debut album, The Size of Planets, was even released on Low leader Alan Sparhawk's own label, Chairkicker's Union.) However, her sparse take on folk-rock displays little of Low's narcotic gloom, and more pertinent comparisons include Mazzy Star, Shannon Wright, and Elliott Smith. Accompanying herself alternately...
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