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Amy Speace's sixth album is a lesson in "more is less." Producer Neilson Hubbard strips back the arrangements to highlight her fine voice and even finer lyrics. An acoustic guitar and a few pieces from a string section make a song like "Lullabye Under the Willow" bruise on impact. There's nowhere for Speace's voice to hide her lyrics, and the result is a nakedness that befits these songs (which, according to Speace, were inspired by her study of Shakespeare and his universal truths and timeless emotional dilemmas). The wordplay and sentiments are strong, but the music plays an important part. The title track brings the full band into focus—electric guitars snarl and drums push forth the sea-like rhythms, yet they leave enough room for everything to stay in balance. "The Sea & the Shore," a duet with Oklahoma singer John Fullbright, provides a strong contrast, with Fullbright's deep, gravelly voice counterbalancing Speace's light-as-air delivery. It's hard to believe Speace had been laid low by a serious case of acute laryngitis; here she sings unharmed throughout.

Customer Reviews

One of the best song writers I've ever heard.

This is a great album. Speace is an amazing song writer. Hauntingly beautiful lyrics.

First album I've waited for in years

I heard an interview on NPR with Amy Speace last week with snippets of some of these songs and I was so taken with her lyrics and the music. This is the first time in years I've been excited to listen to a whole album. Beautiful!

Buy this astonishing music

All of it, from the title track to all the rest will rock your boat. While I can't sleep in a stormy boat, I know what I am going to be listening to...

How to Sleep In a Stormy Boat, Amy Speace
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