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Like It Never Happened

Elizabeth & The Catapult

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Album Review

After parting company with Verve Forecast after 2010's The Other Side of Zero, Elizabeth Ziman began learning how to play guitar and busking in New York subways. Since her previous two albums were written on piano — her first instrument — new possibilities presented themselves for this offering. There are nine new songs on this set, as well as a cover. Former bandmate Dan Molad helmed most of these sessions, and this cast of players is small. The dynamic nature of the guitar is evident in many of her new compositions, though she hasn't forsaken her piano. Opener "Happy Pop" continues to reflect her similarity to Sara Bareilles, but the leaner production aesthetic is more dynamic. The title track, with its meld of acoustic and electric guitars, brushed percussion, string pads, and layered backing vocals, is breezy and stirring. "Someday Soon," with acoustic guitars and Rob Mouse on strings, melds Americana and pop, employing a simple yet effective melody and a lovely lyric. "Please Yourself," with its crunchy guitars, stacked organs, and brittle percussion, is lyrically poignant as well as melodically infectious. The faux doo wop on "Wish I Didn't" underscores a bitter love song whose lyric is a tad cloying as it goes out of its way to highlight curse words against the sweet backing vocal track and a fine musical arrangement. Ziman's reading of Daniel Johnston's transcendent "True Love Will Find You in the End" may not be quite as powerful as the songwriter's, but it is truly effective and will likely make this song more palatable to listeners not exposed to or drawn in by his own singing. As a whole, Like It Never Happened benefits from its lower-budget production. It is, if anything, more imaginative than her previous albums. And Ziman's songwriting, while consistently in the grain she previously established, is more intimate and immediate here.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant and.. Perfect

You can tell this entire album was carefully written, even lyric, every note, every key.. Elizabeth is one of the best out there and this album easily proves it. I haven't been able to stop listening to it for a week

Fantastic third album from a fantastic singer!

Elizabeth Ziman never ceases to amaze. Her first two albums have shown a gradual and impressive growth as an artist, and Like It Never Happened shows the culmination of all of the hard work and love that she puts into her music.

Musically each song is different than the last, and Elizabeth doesn't shy away from trying something new (Sugar Covered Poison), something familiar (Happy Pop), something vulgar (I Wish I Didn't), and something beautiful (More Than Enough).

You can tell her friendship with fellow singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has influenced her music, especially in the hilarious and previously mentioned "Happy Pop" and "I Wish I Didn't". Is it just me or does anyone else find hearing female piano playing singers curse like sailors completely hilarious?

As always, this album is five stars of beautiful music that deserves to be played on repeat. Highly recommend for any previous fans of EATC, and definitely recommended for any new listeners.

Perfectly perfect...

She is just a master of meaningful songwriting. Her music has changed me, and this album does not disappoint in anyway. It's witty, it's deep, it's honest, and it's beautiful. I can't recommend it enough!

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Elizabeth & the Catapult focus on the songwriting talents of Elizabeth Ziman, whose music makes room for pop, coffeehouse folk, and downtown jazz. An active musician since childhood, Ziman trained as a classical pianist until the age of 16, at which point she shifted attention toward her voice. The budding entertainer then joined Patti Austin on tour in 2002, singing background vocals for the soul legend for the next 18 months. After returning to New York in 2004, she began piecing together a...
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