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Album Review

Meiko's third full-length album, 2014's Dear You, features more of the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter's melodic, introspective pop. Once again working with producer/bassist/electronic programmer Jimmy Messer (Kelly Clarkson, Neon Trees), Meiko has crafted a darker, moodier album than her past efforts. Messer's heavy, often overdriven basslines ground many of the tracks on Dear You, lending Meiko's songs a more of a funky art-rock style than her lyrical folk-inclined melodies would normally imply. There's also a menacing, groove-oriented, trip-hop quality to songs like "Bad Things," "Lose It," and "Be Mine," that speaks to Meiko's growing maturity as an artist. Also coloring this darker change are Meiko's lyrics which imply her having gone through a difficult break-up, or at least experienced some more complex romantic entanglements than what she has detailed on albums past. On "Bad Things," she sings, "You say that you want/All of my love/But let's be honest we don't need all that/I like it better with no strings attached." Musically, there's a spareness and muscularity to many of the songs on Dear You with cuts "Deep Sweat" and "Sittin' Here" sounding like something along the lines of the Cardigans' vocalist Nina Persson crossed with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Ultimately, it's this kind of juxtaposition between the lyrically sweet and the emotionally sour that makes Dear You such an engaging listen.

Customer Reviews

There's Beauty in the Unusual

This album is exactly what I was expecting when Meiko played a show in Seattle a couple months ago. She said that the album was mostly love letters that she had never sent. She introduced Sweeter and Go To Hell at that show, and I immediately fell in love. I've been a fan since the "Boys With Girlfriends" days; each album since then has been incredible. This album isn't what we're used to, and it's brilliant in that way. This shows a completely different side of her; a side that shows that she is versatile in her songwriting style and genres. (Reference to the track "Falling Hard" that she did with The Crystal Method). Some of the songs take some listening to to really find catchy, but after the second or third play, I found that they resonate in my mind. Be Mine, Sweeter, and Deep Sweat are some of the catchiest songs on this album. My favorites are those, and Dear You, The Cloud Song (very unusually composed, l and it's so beautiful because of that), as well as Go To Hell. I'm a die-hard fan and anything that she releases will be amazing to me! Thanks for another wonderful record, Meiko!

Love it!!!

I have been listening to Meiko for years and her new album does not disappoint! "The cloud song" and "be mine" are my current faves.

Dissapointed

I have been a Meiko fan since I heard "Boys with Girlfriends" when it premiered. I love Meiko and her previous albums, but this 1 is unfortunately her worst album, the only 1 I don't like. The music is really good, but almost all of the songs are break up songs. It's really depressing and repetitive. I was really looking forward to this album too. Happy that I got to sample it before buying it. I'm just buying the single. I really hope her next album has a lot of songs that aren't break up songs.

Biography

Born: Roberta, GA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Meiko's songs find common ground between indie pop and coffeehouse folk, with her distinctive alto vocals sharing the spotlight alongside acoustic guitars, pianos, and unique arrangements. A longtime songwriter, Meiko was raised in the small town of Roberta, Georgia, where she discovered her love for public performance after singing at a Southern Baptist church. She then took up the guitar, playing her father's Gibson before receiving her own instrument as a birthday present. At the age of 18, Meiko...
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