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In Velocity Girl, Sarah Shannon and her boys were indie pop treasures during the first half of the 1990s, so breaking up the band in 1996 didn't seem fit for fans. Shannon yearned to bring her vocal sweetness to another level, and with Pedro the Lion's Blake Wescott she crafted something lush and tangible for her debut solo album. Approaching the end of her roaring twenties and being lost with or without love is her script. She allows her indie rock form to explore vivacious harmonies and grand instrumentation. It's simple and bold, but stylish. Think Burt Bacharach and Carole King. It's comforting in spots and high-spirited all over, and Shannon is confident with such a move. "I'll Run Away" swirls with feathery horn arrangements for something jazzy. The smoothness of Shannon's candied vocals continues on the enchanting "Anyone," but she gets jaunty as well. The upbeat "Call You on the Telephone" pokes fun at loneliness with a bittersweet outlook, and the classic pop fun of "Are You Far Enough" suggests that Shannon's heart is on her sleeve. She desperately wants someone to notice. "Can't You See" is innocent and painfully obvious, but comically so. Sarah Shannon sings about the things people only lament about to their best friends. She's made an album for the hopeless romantic in everyone, and it's delightful.


Born: 07 October 1969 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Washington, D.C.-based indie pop singer Sarah Shannon was the lead singer and focal point for Velocity Girl, whose three early-'90s albums, Copacetic, Simpatico, and Gilded Stars and Zealous Hearts, reworked the British shoegazer aesthetic into a distinctly original form. When that band split in 1996, Shannon formed the short-lived Starry Eyes, who broke up after releasing a single EP in 1997. Shannon then embarked on a low-key solo career, releasing the EP Estheraho on her own Marzipan label in...
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