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The Full Catastophe is a folk masterpiece!

This dynamic sister duo has recorded their most thrilling CD to date. As with their prior works, the songs are smart and thoughtful, with beautiful melodies and intricate skin-tingling harmonies. Katryna, who could sing the phone book, has Nerissa's brilliant songs with which to work, and Nerissa's beautiful alto provides lush texture. After many listenings, the first adjective that comes to mind is "completely joyful," followed quickly by gorgeous (of course), wise, heartful, and authentic. Even in the folk world, there are few songwriters that write so skillfully about the complexities of the human condition as well as the joys of being alive. I have many favorites in this CD, and there is not a weak offering to be found. "The Creek's Gonna Rise," destined to be a folk standard, brims with optimism in the face of life's difficulties, and is accentuated by a zydeco bounce. This song makes me feel grateful to be alive and soothes me into believing all will ultimately be fine. As for the title song, "The Full Catastrophe," wiser words have never been sung, and with a most contagious melody that will have you on your feet dancing. "Your House Is Strong" is a beautiful goose-bump inducing ballad, again with a full-hearted wisdom and optimism. Perhaps my favorite among favorites, "Between Friends," is a friendship song, a song of self-examination, and a song about living life fully and thoughtfully. This CD is meant to be listened to closely and repeatedly and never fails to reward its listener.


Even though I downloaded this album on Tuesday when it was released, I wasn't planning on writing a review for a while. I like to give albums and chance to grown on me, especially new releases by my favorite bands. It only took me five days, though, to become aboslutely engrossed in this album. Some tracks are immediate standouts on first listen (i.e. "Your House is Strong" and "Which Side Are You On?"). Others are the kind that work their way into your subconcious and start to go on heavy rotation in your mind after repeated listens (i.e. "Can I love you Too Much?," "Good Times are Here"). "Your House is Strong" is my favorite new Nields song since "Easy People." "Which Side Are You On" has a verse that is reminiscent of "Ash Wednesday" but actually improves upon it. "I am Half My Mother's Age" is a poignant song that manages to hit the sweet spot between humor and longing in the way that some of my favorite Mousse era songs did. I won't mention every song but, as I said, they are all excellent and all fall into the category of immediate standout or slowly-sneak-up-on-you favorite. A Nields fan since 1997, I have to say how inspiring it is to have a nelease that shows one of my all-time favorite bands squarly on their A game with song writing, performing and recording. I look forward o spending this spring and summer with this album as my companion. I can't wait to see what song, verse or moment will be the next to claim me for a day. Thank you, Nields!


Formed: 1991

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Nields are one of the most exciting of the new breed of contemporary folk-rockers. A review of a Nields concert described their music as "equal parts Beatles, Cranberries and Joni Mitchell." Although they began as an acoustic trio in 1991, the Nields have evolved into a high-energy quintet. While Nerissa Nields' songs, sung by her sister, Katryna, successfully fuse intelligent lyrics with heartfelt sensitivity, arrangements are kept at a feverish pitch by the Pete Townshend- and Adrian Belew-influenced...
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