On-Time Soundcheck Sunday

Edie Carey, “Love” and “I Never Thought I’d Say This”

Let the whole thing play through. Sadly this is a video from a house concert last fall, and therefore not very good (and the sound quality is a bit lacking, too). Music starts at around 1:45, if you’re impatient.

My crush on Edie Carey has been thoroughly documented elsewhere, and, wouldn’t you know it, she’s got a new album out. Which is every bit as warm and hug-inducing as “Another Kind of Fire.” I really like it; it’s the sort of record you can put on (ok, ok, “the sort of collection of digital files you can play on your music device”), put the big headphones on, and tune out the world. It’s the sort of thing you used to listen to in your room in the dark, and it has that kind of heart-tugging quality that most of Edie’s music has.

Over the summer, I criticized Sarah McLachlan’s new album for not being, well, new. “Laws of Illusion” wasn’t fundamentally anything we hadn’t seen before, and I was a disappointed that she seemed to not be making progress as an artist. I invited comparisons between McLachlan and another Sarah (Harmer), someone who seems to reinvent herself with every new album yet manages to stay more or less the same at each step. Edie Carey is heading into a third category: people who make the same kind of music on every album, which is fine, because it keeps getting better.