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Album Review

The wry, thoughtful songs on Sarah Dougher's solo debut address friends and lovers in various degrees of geographical and emotional dislocation. Her guitar- and piano-based sound and unadorned alto are reminiscent of early Liz Phair, but Dougher is a more explicitly political songwriter. So where "Moving" takes a lover to task for refusing to build a life in one place, and "40 Hours" celebrates its narrator's own pleasure in running away, "Everywhere West" debunks the romantic mythology of female pioneers in the old West. Occasionally Dougher's politics outshine her craft: "The Day Bella Abzug Died" is a rousing feminist campfire song, but seems thin and didactic compared to her subtler work. In addition to its eleven originals, Day One features a languid cover of the Eagles' "Take It to the Limit" which blends surprisingly well with Dougher's own songs.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Portland, OR-based singer/songwriter Sarah Dougher has played in groups like the Lookers, The Crabs and Cadallaca, which also features Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. In addition she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, teaches Greek and Roman Literature and writes for the Willamette Week, San Fransisco Bay Guardian and other publications. Dougher also wrote Sent Out On The Tracks They Built: Sinophobia in Olympia, 1886, a book on racism and railroad building in Olympia, WA, with artist Nikki...
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