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The May Street Project

Shea Seger

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Album Review

Though she does not look to be much older than the overwhelming (and underwhelming) horde of pop princesses in 2001, Shea Seger writes and performs with a much more mature grasp of pop history and musical technology. Taking a handful of styles and influences, Seger makes a powerful musical fist in which tight drumheads and technical tools warp and weave with contemporary and classic passages in a varied baker's dozen of melodies. The easily remixable club pop of "Clutch" comes across as Olivia Newton-John singing David Bowie. "Wasting the Rain" continues the Ziggy Stardust vibe with a "Sound + Vision" lyrical lick. "I Can't Lie" mixes Bowie, Blondie, Bonnie Raitt, and Janis Joplin in a down-home, hand-clappin' porch rocker which reveals the homey imperfections of the song's professed "perfect world." While "Walk on Rainbows" is a thin singer/songwriter poem reminiscent of Ellis Paul or Patty Griffin, while "Twisted" rips and screams with the full fury of Alanis Morissette. "Shatterwall" has sampled voices of old people reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel, "Blind Situation" slinks along like a Talking Head between interruptive rap breaks, and the title source track takes more than a little from Bob Seger. Interludes such as the redundant (and greatly unnecessary) breakbeat loop "Rooftop Animals" and guest spots by Pharrell Williams (the Neptunes) and a Paul Young/Ray Davies-esque Ron Sexsmith further complicate the task of defining Seger's sound, but each part of this Project makes for quite a tuneful work of craft.

Customer Reviews


This is one of those albums you need to listen all the wAy through. Great riffs, funky, super voice!

Outstanding in all senses

This album came out in 2001 when i worked for a music store in frankston, Australia. There was no push from bmg at the time and I made sure that everyone I could get to listen to it before leaving the shop would do so. Everyone who listened to it bought it.

Amazing blend of genres - funky and thoughtful, this album still gets played. I love the words and the music is flawless. Worth the $30 I initially paid back in 2001, def worth buying again!!

Glad she is back with a new album!


Born: Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

With a voice that at times recalls the delicate vulnerability of Olivia Newton John, the sultry swagger of Sheryl Crow, the direct irony of Ani DiFranco, and the willowy keen of Tori Amos, Shea Seger debuted in October 2000 with the British release of The May Street Project. Positive press there predated the album's summer 2001 release in the U.S. by RCA. Shea was born in Fort Worth, TX, raised in the nearby small town of Quitman, TX, and musically educated by her father's diverse record collection...
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