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Album Review

Sort of a cross between Laurie Anderson (the ironic, winking spoken word pieces) and Jane Siberry (the ethereal, delicate art pop songs), with just a little of her friends the Barenaked Ladies thrown in (Cadell started in the same Toronto music-and-comedy scene, and bassist Jim Creeggan plays on this album), Meryn Cadell is part confessional poet, part humorist, and part songstress. The most effective pieces on this, her 1992 debut album, are the spoken word entries, in which Cadell muses on topics focusing on ironic fantasies lifted from bra advertisements ("Maidenform") and toys ("Barbie"). The songs aren't quite as effective, as Cadell's much more effective with words than music, both as a writer and as a performer, but they're pleasant enough. The album's highlight — indeed, probably the high point of Cadell's career — is "The Sweater," a tale of junior high dreams and humiliation that's almost painful to listen to but also endearingly hilarious. [The 2007 reissue features four bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Near perfect

When she's great, she's spot on. Sure, there are a few clunkers here but they're outweighed by the rich, raw and brilliant, offbeat talent of the artist. The songs are funny, ironic and...weird but all in a good way. Coming from a great time in the Toronto entertainment scene in the early 90s Meryn Cadell is in fantastically good company but certainly unique. "The Sweater" is probably the most familiar and one of the best. Try "Being In Love", under two minutes of twisted reality. Also on my regular playlist, "Bumble Bee", "Barbie", "I Been Redeemed", "Flight Attendant", "Job Application" and "The Pope". As far as bizarre yet grounded in reality poetess-songwriters Meryn Cadell's sense of humor and artistry are second to none.

Great Fun!

Twisted and funny. Can you go wrong?

Worth the Album for Bumble Bee

Even if 95% of her performance art/songwriting were not just damned funny, the album would be worth the price for her rendition of Bumble Bee, a talk/sing piece which has as much relation to either the kid's song or to the much older Blues version as do thigh high stockings with a big run down the back to support hose. If you find that piece funny, get the album!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

After playing in Toronto's nightclubs for over five years, singer/songwriter Meryn Cadell recorded a somewhat self-titled independent cassette, Mare-In Ka-Dell. Capitol signed her and released her debut, Angel Food for Thought, in 1991. "The Sweater" was a national hit, but not until...
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