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Mary Lorson and her project Saint Low get intimate on their second album, Tricks for Dawn, and this time around Lorson is much more sweet and comfortable. She's coming into her own as a singer/songwriter and casts a sophisticated beauty similar to the likes of Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly. Tricks for Dawn combines threads of jazzy grooves and intricate indie rock, and Lorson's airy vocals exude a sincerity on tracks like "Anything Can Happen" and "Friends, I Have Been Drinking." "Morningless Dreamer" floats over layered horn and woodwind arrangements, and Lorson's budding confidence captures pop music at a classy level. She's conscious of an old, dark romance on "Blast Off," and the dream pop earthiness is refreshing. She's a lovesucker on "Long Way Down," a piano-driven, lovelorn melody featuring Evan Dando on guitar, but "Accelerate" shimmies in pure Madder Rose style. Tricks for Dawn is a poetic soundscape and it's solid. Mary Lorson finds a comfort zone within the multiple dimensions of love, and it's uniquely charming.


Born: United States

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter Mary Lorson is known for her role in the indie rock outfit Madder Rose, the New York band she fronted beginning in 1990. Madder Rose released four albums during the '90s, with their 1993 debut, Bring It Down, receiving favorable praise in the college press. In 1999, the group split and Lorson put together a new group, Saint Low. They issued one album under that name, 2000's Saint Low, before changing the name of the group to Mary Lorson & Saint Low and releasing Tricks for Dawn...
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