CD Watching You Think [886978380524] (CD 7014603),
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Watching You Think [886978380524]

  • 1. Unspoken
    2. Romeo and Juliet
    3. Unwinding
    4. Running
    5. Eternity
    6. Escape
    7. Stay
    8. Sidewalk
    9. Lost in LA
    10. Bone to Pick with Time
    11. Jealousy
    12. Elsa's Lullaby
    13. Masi 2010
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 838052

  • Credits
    ProducerPierre Marchand; Leonard Cohen; NEeMA
    EngineerPascal Shefteshy; Jonathan Anderson; Howard Bilerman

    Audio Mixer: Pascal Shefteshy.
    Recording information: Buena Vista Audio, Langley, BC; Hotel 2 Tango, Montreal; Pierre Marchand's Studio; Studio Neemaste.
    Photographers: Lorca Cohen; NEeMA.
    Canadian singer/songwriter NEeMA's second album, Watching You Think, was co-produced by Leonard Cohen (who also painted the cover art) and features sidemen including members of Arcade Fire. It's easy to hear what attracted her countrymen to the project, as she proves a thoughtful lyricist and catchy composer with a husky, conversational alto voice reminiscent of Melanie's. Most of the songs are her own, an exception being Mark Knopfler's Dire Straits ballad "Romeo and Juliet," a lilting street-corner romance that seems especially attractive to female singers. (It has long been a part of Shawn Colvin's repertoire as well, for instance.) That cover provides a good guide to the sound of NEeMA's own music, which tends toward folkie ballads in which she muses on matters philosophical and romantic. "Escape" has the bouncy sound of a mid-`60s pop/rock tune, but usually the singer speak-sings at slow tempos over acoustic guitar patterns with a few added instruments. The simplicity of the tunes and the poetic turn of the lyrics often recall Cohen, particularly in "Sidewalk." The singer reserves her most overt expression of love for the album closer, "Elsa's Lullaby," a song for her dog. For the album's American release, however, she has added "Masi 2010," inspired by the time she spent working with the Tlicho indigenous people of northern Canada, and it proves the disc's most political track, the wailed choruses and spoken verses sounding like a cross between Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Trudell. ~ William Ruhlmann

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