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November 06, 2006

Monica Schroeder -- So Far

Hey folks, have I got a treat for you. Monica Schroeder is one of my favorite singers, on account that she's got one of those fabulously rich and warm voices that make you just melt, and she's got a brand new album out, called So Far, which is just absolutely terrific all the way through: Schroeder's wistful words and voice lay over a bed of subtle resonant electronics and invite you right in. If I had to describe it in an "X meets Y" sort of way I'd say "Sarah McLachlan meets Blue Nile," which in my book would be a fabulous thing.

But you don't have to take my word for it: Schroeder's given me permission to play you the lead single from So Far, called "City Lights." Click on the player below and you'll hear it. Bask, people, bask!

Told you it was nice.

Want to hear more? Here's her MySpace page, which features two more songs from the album. And once you've decided that you can't live another moment without owning this album, you can get it off Amazon, CD Baby, Different Drum and iTunes (note: the last one of these will pop up the iTunes store).

Let me know what you think --

Posted by john at November 6, 2006 12:00 AM

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Chang who is naturally defoliating | November 6, 2006 06:18 AM

If I had to describe it in an "X meets Y" sort of way I'd say "Sarah McLachlan meets Blue Nile," which in my book would be a fabulous thing.

You said The Blue Nile!

Which album though? the debut or Hats? The debut is the daddy. Love that record.

Pretty stuff. Kind of Imogen Heap-y, but this is not a bad thing. I suspect - and I am going out on a limb here - it may produce certain reactions in certain women of interest. I will do field studies to confirm.

Any relation to Jean or Alan Schroeder?

Pablo | November 6, 2006 07:16 AM

Sounds like Dido to me...

Chang who is in pants... mostly. | November 6, 2006 08:30 AM

I really like that she is a normal looking person and not some dolled up supermodel with a voice. Nothing against imogen, dido and nelly f.

Tripp | November 6, 2006 10:49 AM

Very nice in a mellow easy-listening kind of way.

Anonymous | November 6, 2006 11:08 AM

I think you once reviewed a former cd of hers. Although I really liked it, I wasn't in the financial position to acquire it at that time. Do you recall which cd it was? If so, how does this compare (i.e., should I buy the old or new one - assuming that I can't purchase both cds)?

Janiece | November 6, 2006 11:13 AM

I have asked for it for Christmas...so you can brag that your post resulted in at least one sale!

John Scalzi | November 6, 2006 11:37 AM

Anonymous: The previous album was "Orbit," and she had one prior to that called "The Expectation of Home." I think they're all fairly consistent in terms of quality, so in that regard one is as good as the other. I think of the three "Orbit" is my favorite, but they're all pretty damn good, and I'd recommend them all.

Yaron | November 6, 2006 02:12 PM

She's good. Thanks for the tip.

rayyy | November 6, 2006 06:48 PM

Nice find. I put the three freebie downloads from MySpace on the old iPod and I've have had them on repeat all afternoon.

*Extremely* listenable. A CD I'll buy.

Any more suggestions?

Hao | November 7, 2006 03:50 AM

Curse you iTunes with your cheaper price! I guess there's still a premium for non-DRM full-bitrate music. I like looking at the liner notes during the first few playbacks anyway.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Mike | November 7, 2006 05:04 AM

Lovely voice! Thanks for the tip, you've definitely made her a sale here :-)

amazon.co.uk doesn't seem to have her, except for a few resellers at exorbitant prices, so I'll probably have to use amazon.com and get them shipped ...

Yaron | November 7, 2006 07:35 AM

Mike, use CDBaby instead. The discs themselves seem slightly cheaper than at Amazon.com, but the main advantage is in the international shipping cost. It's extremely and drastically lower than Amazon's.

Mike | November 8, 2006 11:42 AM

Hi Yaron,

Thanks for the tip - I'll take a look at CDBaby, but I'll probably want to browse amazon.com for some books that I also can't seem to get in the UK. Two birds with one stone, et cetera :-)

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