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Album Review

Hailing from the Northwest, Laura Love had made a name for herself on the coffeehouse and folk festival circuit by the time she released Octoroon, her major label debut, in 1997. Following several independently released efforts that garnered critical acclaim, Octoroon is a mesmerizing mix of styles that incorporate folk, world and traditional pop melodies and instrumentation. Love's vocals can be a bit harsh at moments, but they grow upon the listener and it is difficult not to be impressed with the elasticity of her delivery. "Bad Feeling" is percussive pop with horns and accordion giving it a slightly funky feel (aided by the inclusion of a bit of Sly Stone's "Everyday People"). "Capricorn & Hominy" incorporates chanting background vocals and fiddle to good effect. She stretches a bit too far on an ill-advised cover of Nirvana's "Come As You Are," but redeems herself with a spirited run-through of "Amazing Grace" and the closing acapella "Blind Bartimus."

Customer Reviews

Unlike Anyone Else

You haven't heard of Laura Love because her record label couldn't pigeon-hole her, she wouldn't compromise and be someone she isn't, and ultimately, her indie sensibilities led her right back to the independent musician's path. She writes an incredible fusion of funk, soul, folk, and she tosses in celtic and roots music for good measure. Hard to tell if she is a poet or a musician foremost, Love's music is gritty, real and not for the middle of the road ear. Oh, and you can so cover Nirvana, especially if you're not trying to BE Nirvana. Rock on, Sister Laura!


i just listened to laura love for the first time in about 7 years, and immediatly fell in love with her songs all over again. It brings back so many memories i am still in shock i remember all of the songs.


My babysitter used 2 play this all the time growing up! Rock on Laura!


Born: 1960 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Over the past several years, Laura Love has become quite acclaimed in the Northwest music scene as an unparalleled vocalist, bassist, and songwriter. Love's style is a synthesis of inner-city funk and folk-ish sensibility. One of the most difficult tasks for a musician is to find an apt label for her music; folk/funk, African/Appalachian, and House/Celtic have been bandied about for Laura Love. Whatever you choose to call it, Love's original music is at once fresh, def, and rooted in tradition. ...
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