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Divided into two parts, the first nine making up the brooding Elephants and the final five more anthemic tunes being Teeth Sinking Into Heart, Yamagata’s second album, four years in the making, is the result of love found and lost, intense introspection, and a prodigious amount of songwriting distilled to its essence. She doesn’t shy from resting in a deep quiet. “Little Life” floats down a tranquil stream for its verses before bursting like daybreak for the chorus, French horn, gong and a string section creating an ominous sense of unease. Nine minutes of “Sunday Afternoon” delivers the overwhelming sense of emotional disorder that accompanies the failure of young love as she declares “I won’t live for you / or die for you / or do anything more for you” amongst the rising strings and strangulated electric guitars. By the time she arrives at the album’s second half for the electrified attack of “Sidedish Friend,” it’s almost a wonder it’s taken her this long to finally lash out musically with all she’s worked through. Yet she returns to her beloved piano and a lonely ballad (“Don’t”) to close things off. Often haunting and eerie and emotionally naked, the album’s a bit like reading a young woman’s diary. Proceed with caution.

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RACHAEL YAMAGATA is an amazing songwriter and amazing singer! As one of the primary c0-writers behind Mandy Moore's 2007 release "Wild Hope" (Her critically acclaimed cross-over from pop to folk), and having worked w/ bands like the Weepies, The Constantines, and more (Just to name a couple I like).... YAMAGATA set herself as one of the most intimate songwriters of this generation. Her debut album HAPPENSTANCE.... was mezmerizing.... but it's been far too long! NOW... ELEPHANTS.... her long awaited sophomore set has been released.....and I can honestly tell you, it's a great cd. The depth behind her lyrics, to the sultry comfort of her voice, make it an album perfect for a rainy day. Don't miss this one!

We were patient... and now surprised (in the best way)

Four years waiting for a sophomore album have been something really painful to some - as myself - in the case of Rachael Yamagata. After that gem called "Happenstance" and her first EP, I was eager for some new music coming from her, though a bit concerned about how good the new release would be compared to her first... I can certainly say now that "Elephants..." has totally and completely exceeded my expectations. I am aware now that - as with "Happenstance" - I will certainly listen to this record for a long, long time. My favorites of this record would be: from "Elephants", "Elephants", the moving "Duet" with Ray LaMontagne, "Horizon" (which could have easily been part of "Happenstance"), and the gorgeous "Over and Over"; and from "Teeth Sinking...", "Sidedish Friend", "Faster", and "Don't", which is the best choice to close this perfect album... If you're hesitant about buying this album, don't be... you will not be disappointed!!

Discover something Fantastic

With considerable songwriting skills, Rachael Yamagata has created a beautiful and understated album. In a world of shuffle, listen to this in order. “Elephants” is filled with beauty, emotion and heartbreak. “Teeth” rocks out with a backbone. Together, it shares with the listener, the messy emotional spectrum of love. You heard her songs all over TV a few years ago. This album has a different sound because she’s grown and created something deeper and better.


Born: September 23, 1977 in Arlington, VA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. Her parents divorced when she was two, forcing her to find a balance between her German-Italian mother's apartment in New York City and the Washington, D.C. residence of her third-generation Japanese father. Such frequent travel readied Yamagata for a way of life that would eventually lead her to a professional singing...
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