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Album Review

Based on its crisp, thoughtful, and engaging songwriting alone, veteran singer/songwriter Maia Sharp's fourth solo album is a triumph featuring the kind of melodic grace and colorful wit that have characterized the tunes she has written for everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Cher, Edwin McCain, Lisa Loeb, Trisha Yearwood, and many others. While she admits, in jangling rock fashion, that she won't be part of anyone's "Polite Society," her social observation skills about how the lesser people live are in brilliant form on the poignant "John Q. Lonely." Similarly, the way she sees romance and that one person she can't forget is beautifully insightful à la the bluesy and brassy "You Are Mine." But great songwriting is always a guarantee with Sharp. Behind the scenes, the way she hooked up with producer Don Was bears mention. Sharp met him when Bonnie Raitt asked her to do harmonies on a track for a movie; Sharp, who wrote three songs for Raitt's 2005 album, Souls Alike, and toured with her, joined Was and Raitt in the studio. Was invited Sharp to take part in a session for, a site where an artist records two songs in a single day by midnight, no matter how "finished" they are. Was dug her work ethic and signed on to produce Echo. Naturally, Raitt plays a part in the set, adding vocals to the infectious opening track, "Death by Perfection," a song whose lyrics capture the joy of those early sessions — or anything else in life that is better without overthinking the process. Adding groove throughout to a set that grows more engaging with multiple listens is legendary drummer Jim Keltner, who adds Sharp to a résumé that includes two Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, and Fiona Apple.

Customer Reviews

Great songs

I had heard Death by Perfection, a perfect song, and then bought the whole album. She's a great singer songwriter in the lineage of Carol King, Carly Simon and of course Bonnie Raitt with a bit more of a rock edge. Glad I found her, hope others do too.


I saw Maia in concert in July 2009 and she played many songs from this album. It's one of my favorite albums out there - the hit melodies and lyrics really make it special. I am amazed at how talented Maia is!!! She's an amazing songwriter. One of my favorites, in fact.

My favorite songs on this CD include "Death by Perfection", "Real Thing", and "Polite Society". All amazing hits!!!

This album seriously deserves to win Grammy Album of the Year. It's terrific!

I recommend to anyone that if you love music, buy this album! It will not disappoint. GO MAIA!!!


This is a wonderful album by an extremely talented artist. Catchy melodies, witty lyrics, perfect arrangements: it's all there. Maia, it should not have taken me 17 years to discover your music!


Born: Central Valley, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Being the daughter of country songwriter Randy Sharp (who wrote hits for Clay Walker, Patty Loveless, and others) helped give Maia Sharp a leg up on her way to a musical career. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley of the '70s didn't hurt, either; that was the era of Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and Rickie Lee Jones, and music was in the Southern California air. By age 12, Sharp was noodling around on the piano, saxophone, oboe, and guitar. Fast forward to her early twenties, and she could be...
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