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In this day where solo acts use band names to hide their identities, Amelia is not the first name of this Portland, Oregon band’s lead singer. Teisha Helgerson handles the vocals and drums for this trio (with producer Mark Orton adding an arsenal of extra instrumentation himself — keyboards, loops, percussion), but this is not the confessional singer-songwriter stuff you might be expecting. Instead, it’s a sweet jazzy noir trip through the kind of slightly askew terrain one expects from a Mitchell Froom production (Crowded House, American Music Club, Richard Thompson). “Tragedy” shuffles sideways with a circuslike sprint. “After You” settles in as an afterhours ballad. “Try” uses spare, elegant harmonies. “Dolores” adds strings and some dirty electric guitar. “The End” throws a piano instrumental in as intermission. Things are kept quiet without lapsing into slo-core territory or slickening towards adult-contemporary pop. The band’s simple yet effective instrumentation leaves plenty of room for Helgerson to croon and keep an almost audio verite feel throughout.

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When Words In A Whisper Turn To A Shout...

Amelia the band, not the girl, has been making a name for themselves in the Pacific Northwest and seem positioned perfectly with their new release A Long, Lovely List of Repairs to solidify their foundation and expand upon it. In spite of the confusion that the name of the band creates, they decided that they would stick with it and it has not hindered their growth or success. Ameila is Teisha Helgerson (vocals), Jesse Emerson (upright bass, electric bass, acoustic, piano, percussion, autoharp) and Scott Weddle (acoustic & electric guitars, electric bass, vocals, bass harmonica, glockenspiel, marxaphone, percussion, loops). Teisha’s vocals are soft and expressive. That style compliments the music produced by her band mates. I was impressed by the overall musicianship and versatility of this band. Considering there are three people providing the music, it speaks volumes for their talents and aptitude for switching between instruments. The ebb and flow of this recording remains consistent throughout, as the vocalist does not waver from her style or tone. The band provides a lush backdrop for her to maintain that tempo and style, which is a mixture of folk, rock, and pop, with an emphasis on roots and a smidgen of country twang thrown in for some extra flavor. “Dolores” is a nice toe tapping tune that I could imagine hearing on the radio and the lead off track “Enigmo” while delivered in a different language, could find its way to the Latin charts and end up being a cross over hit.“Thick As Thieves” is perhaps the most interesting with a nice lead off electric guitar lick. It has a contagious ring to it as the guitar reverberates and the acoustic is strumming along behind, it makes for a nice instrumental and actually the one song I could not see Tiesha singing to so it was a good choice for the only track without vocals. It is very short but I was very interested to hear more as it was quite a step away from the rest of the album. “Sugar Falls” would be another good choice for airplay. Interesting enough that familiar electric guitar weaves its way into this track as well. I have to say with authority that as much as I can appreciate the acoustic side of their work I would like to hear more of that electric guitar, it is very tasteful yet it makes a point with strong lines placed just right to enhance the lyrics. ‘Eyesore” ends up being the most pop injected tune and the most commercially viable, which I think would engage new listeners and push them to explore the rest of the album. This is a strong release and I can see Amelia going places if they continue to develop. Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-July 9, 2008

Deliciously rich and complex

Revealed within these tracks is an array of exquisitely crafted songs, lovingly molded but not overworked. The music of Amelia takes me to place I had not previously experienced or ever knew I wanted to go, but now that I’m there I don’t want to leave. I find something very appealing about a beautiful melody offset with an air of sadness, well measured doses of instrumentation and the restrained growl of an electric guitar complete the process. And then there are the vocals, yes Teisha Helgerson’s voice is exceptionally beautiful but there is more to this equation. Vocals this soulful and immersed in emotion originate from a place deep inside, with each unfolding line I feel as if I’m being let in on a secret. My musical tastes range everywhere from the Dead Kennedy’s to Dean Martin, A Long, Lovely List of Repairs has earned a prominent place in my collection.


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A Long, Lovely List of Repairs, Amelia
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