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When I Was Made

Edie Carey

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Album Review

If this album had been released in the late '90s, Edie Carey would have found herself as a part of the Lilith Fair circuit. Her sensitive singer/songwriter style fits right in alongside such female folk-pop performers as Paula Cole, Dar Williams, and Shawn Colvin. However, Carey isn't just another English major turning her diary into songs. She displays a true skill at exploring the ways relationships affect the heart and mind. Her whispery voice is particularly good at conveying emotional vulnerability. "Anyone can see my heart is reeling," she sings on the opening number "With Our Hands," which sets up the disc's examination of how people deal with heartache. "Wide Open" takes on an obsessive mood as the protagonist wonders "if I drive by your house tonight, what would I find?" The melancholy-dipped "Already Gone" counsels that "love should not drag you down or beg you to stay." Carey tackles the weighty issue of her parents' divorce on "If I Start to Cry" so poignantly that her pain is palpable. Not every tune, however, is an emotionally heavy number. The radio-friendly "I Need You" is an exuberant declaration of love. It definitely is one of the disc's standout songs. Besides displaying lyrical wit and musical vibrancy, it is also one of few up-tempo tunes here. Carey does try to compensate for the predominance of sad, introspective songs by infusing the arrangements with a bit of twang. A banjo enlivens "With Our Hands" and "Chemistry," while a pedal steel reinforces the sense of loneliness in "Already Gone." While Carey travels down the familiar singer/songwriter path of dissecting broken hearts and busted relationships, she finds some fresh, and moving ways to express her feelings in song. When I Was Made stands up impressively with the albums that the Lilith Fair crowd has produced.

Customer Reviews

As always...

an incredible album from one of the best live performers in existence. Edie's lyrics are poignant and insightful, drawing in listeners with a poetic ear and a love for her clear, honest voice. From bare, beautiful love songs ("Yes", "I Need You, "With our Hands") to heart-wrenching personal stories ("If I start to cry" "Under a Sky" "Open Wide"), you will leave this album with a sense of intimately knowing her, yet still wanting more. And as a side note...Edie is also genuinely kind and warm; dedicated and truly thankful to her fans. This is a true artist in every sense of the word.

Can't NOT have this!

Buy this NOW. I listened to this album, NO JOKE, for months and months on repeat in my car. And I still cry every time I listen to "If I Start To Cry" She told such an inspiring story about "Under A Sky"....if you're having a hard day, week, month, year, LIFE then you need that song. The whole album, but that song in particular. It was my battle-cry for a while.

Oh My God!

This woman can do no wrong!! I can't believe it took me so long to find her...Thanks to the other recs!!

When I Was Made, Edie Carey
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