Samantha Crain – You Had Me at Goodbye (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Samantha Crain - You Had Me at Goodbye (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Samantha Crain
Album: You Had Me at Goodbye
Genre: Folk
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 181 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit


With John Vanderslice on board as producer for a third straight time, Samantha Crain’s fifth album, You Had Me at Goodbye, takes a fairly bold step away from her more rustic earlier releases toward a brighter if still earthy indie pop. Electronic keys, synths, and Brill Building-type strings, as opposed to fiddle, step in to reinforce guitars, piano, and drums. Crain has said that the record is dedicated to and inspired by strong women, and it opens with the retro sounds of early girl groups on “Antiseptic Greeting.” Glistening strings, mallet percussion, bass, and drum kit set an atmospheric groove as the singer feels the need to apologize for not being bubbly while running into people she doesn’t want to see. (“I know it’s an antiseptic greeting/Man, you think I could do better, but I don’t think I can.”) The off-kilter “Windmill Crusader” is a quasi-new wave tune with ’80s-style synths and like-minded vocal delivery. It slides into a more relaxed piano-and-bass interlude as she imagines a lover at the oceanside before returning to a more anxiety-ridden state, pleading for understanding. Also off-kilter but in an entirely different setting, the bluesy “When the Roses Bloom Again” employs piano, organ, and dissonant woodwinds. All of it still sounds like Crain, whose gritty vocal delivery and atypical songwriting style ultimately outbalance any changes in instrumentation. She includes a few mainly acoustic tracks, too, such as the sparse pedal steel-and-chimes closer and the acoustic guitar lament “Red Sky, Blue Mountain,” a reworking of a traditional Choctaw song (Crain is a tribe member). Elsewhere, standout “Betty’s Eulogy” is an earnest electric-guitar ballad that’s ornamented with strings and synths without relying on them, while on the other end of the temperature spectrum, “Smile When” embraces distorted electronics and sci-fi sound effects. Time will tell if the overall poppier disposition is a determined shift or a diversion, but, alongside the album’s dark humor and utter lack of stagnation, it’s one she handles with skill.


01. Samantha Crain – Antiseptic Greeting [00:02:59]
02. Samantha Crain – Oh Dear Louis [00:02:20]
03. Samantha Crain – Loneliest Handsome Man [00:04:43]
04. Samantha Crain – Wise One [00:03:08]
05. Samantha Crain – Red Sky, Blue Mountain [00:03:27]
06. Samantha Crain – Smile When [00:02:54]
07. Samantha Crain – Betty’s Eulogy [00:03:35]
08. Samantha Crain – Windmill Crusader [00:02:45]
09. Samantha Crain – When the Roses Bloom Again [00:03:50]
10. Samantha Crain – Wreck [00:03:04]