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Laura Veirs: July Flame
Buy! - (Raven Marching Band)
This Portland singer-songwriter’s 7th album could very well be the finest record she’s made to date. Produced by Tucker Martine (who’s produced all but one of her albums), July Flame features a beautifully arranged, acoustic-oriented sound, with Veirs’ gentle guitar (and occasional banjo) picking accompanied by an impressive supporting cast using a diverse range of instrumentation, including longtime collaborators Karl Blau and Steve Moore along with Eyvind Kang on viola, the Decemberists’ Chris Funk on various instruments and Austin’s Tosca String Quartet is even featured on a few songs. My Morning Jacket’s Jim James also contributes some heavenly harmony vocals, but it’s Veirs’ own impressive vocals, masterful lyrical imagery and gorgeous melodies that stand out the most on these magical songs of summer’s fleeting days. 11/10/2009 - Don Yates
Other Laura Veirs album reviews:

Warp and Weft - 7/1/2013
Year of Meteors - 7/21/2005
Troubled by the Fire - 2/15/2003