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The Blackened Air

Album: The Blackened Air
# Song Title   Time
1)    Run, All You...
2)    I Go With Him
3)    This Is What It Is
4)    Oh My Stars
5)    All for You
6)    So Little
7)    Desert Fly
8)    Ugly Face
9)    In the Graveyard
10)    Ocean
11)    Rosemary
12)    Same Day, The
13)    Been So Long
14)    Very Next Day, The
15)    Little Angel
16)    That's All There Is
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Nina Nastasia (vocals, guitar); Gerry Leonard (guitar, mandolin); Dylan Willemsa (violin); Stephen Day (cello); Joshua Carlebach (accordion); Peter Yanowitz, Jay Bellerose (drums); Gonzalo Munoz (musical saw).
  • Recording information: Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL (10/1999-02/2001); Touch And Go Records, Inc., Chicago, IL (10/1999-02/2001).
  • Like many a fine singer/songwriter, Nina Nastasia spent years lurking underground in New York City before her talents came to wider attention. THE BLACKENED AIR is her second album, but the first to receive wide distribution. It presents a fully formed artist with as strong a sense of setting as of songwriting. Though the album is basically an acoustic affair, a string section and accordion (not to mention a solid rhythm section) keep things sounding full and intriguing. While the overall approach might be described as chamber-folk, with the elegant swaying of the strings over Nastasia's low-key singing style, there's a more striking modernity to the album. This comes mostly from Nastasia's distinctive, poetic lyrics, but perhaps also from a slight alt-rock influence that never becomes so overt as to detract from the artful originality of this promising artist's vision.
Professional Reviews
Magnet (6-7/02, p.99) - "...A coiled mass of human emotion, twisted and bleeding at one end and joyful and romantic at the other..."

CMJ (4/8/02, p.4) - "...The meat and potatoes of folk..."
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