If you've heard of Canadian Christine Fellows it may have been when The Mountain Goats voice and brain, John Darnielle, included her in a mix of songs on his own blog, Last Plane To Jakarta, a year ago. Here's what JD said about her song "Vertabrae":
This is the song of the year by a country mile, and also by a city mile, and by a nautical mile, too. Nobody else is writing at Christine’s level.
Maybe he should have included kilometres, as that's what we use up here in Canada (and most of the rest of the planet), but you get the idea... he thinks she's fantastic. Darnielle also brought Christine out on tour as his opening act which no doubt snared her a number of new fans, but what this post is about is that you can glom onto Fellows and her music. She deserves a bigger audience and has just released a brand new record called Nevertheless, on which she continues to display an editor's, or better, a poet's touch, when penning her tight concise lyrics, a skill developed over three previous solo efforts: 2 little birds (2000), The Last One Standing (2002), and Paper Anniversary (2005). But it isn't just the minimalism that appeals to me, it's her voice, as well. It's not showy, or affected, it simply rings and chimes from her throat with honesty, completely unfettered, a perfect vehicle to deliver her lyrics.
An interesting aside, Fellows is married to John Samson, the leader of Winnipeg band, The Weakerthans, you might want to check out them, too.
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Nevertheless Track List:
01. Let Us Have Done With The Umbrella Of Our Contagion
02. Not Wanted On The Voyage
03. Saturday Night On Utopia Parkway
04. The Spinster's Almanac
05. To A Prize Bird
06. Cruel Jim
07. What Makes The Cherry Red
08. The Parlour Rollers
10. Poor Robin
11. The Goddess Of Macramé
13. A Pantry Ballet
14. 14 Yours, And With Ever Grateful Wonder
15. What Are Years?
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