Lauren Shera – Once I Was a Bird

By Eric Pettersson on June-15-2011 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , | Share

Lauren Shera – Once I Was a Bird
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3.8 (4 votes)

Artist: Lauren Shera

Album: Once I Was a Bird

Label: Such Small Hands Records

Release Date: June 7, 2011

Reviewer: Eric Pettersson

Tracklisting

  1. Endless Sea
  2. The Panic Bell
  3. Twine
  4. Bright as You Are
  5. Once I Was a Bird
  6. Tether
  7. Storyteller
  8. Stealth
  9. Another Season
  10. In The Darkness
  11. Your Battle
  12. Red Paint

Lauren Shera’s soft acoustic folk music is as calming as a gentle breeze and her thoughtful lyrics are authentic poetry, stirring the spirit with word pictures and careful observation. What started out as something that I thought might make for some good background music ended up sitting right next to The Civil Wars and Damien Rice as frequently-played relaxation music for me. Lauren’s guitar work is surprisingly complex, combining with her words and melodies to draw at least one listener into a slight trance. Drawing from a variety of influences, sometimes it sounds straightforward and American, other times a little more moody and Irish. Guest voices abound, as does the incorporation of additional instruments like a banjo or violin. Her songs cover love and spiritual themes, pain and contentment.

Overall: Once I Was a Bird is a great collection of songs that are very chill and perfect for an early morning drive or some late night pondering.

Lauren Shera - Once I Was a Bird, 3.8 out of 5 based on 4 ratings

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Eric Pettersson is from Reading, PA and a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia with degrees in Communication and Religion. He wrote regularly for IVM 2005-2011. Now he has his own website, Explore Reading, "a progressive guide to the city of Reading, Pennsylvania. Follow him at www.explorereading.net View all posts by Eric Pettersson

One Response to 'Lauren Shera – Once I Was a Bird'

  1. I went ahead and bought this thanks to your review Eric. I’ve been listening to it non-stop for the last several days and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! I recommend it to all folk fans who like a little bluegrass, ambiance, and piano sprinkled on top.

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