Record Review by Adam McKibbin
This review isn’t exactly timely – the album has been out for months – but the subject of the review feels pretty timeless. Twin Cities singer/songwriter Meredith Fierke really comes into her own on The Procession, a folksy record with pop smarts and a lot of heart. When we talk “pop smarts” here, of course, we’re not talking about Lady Gaga, but rather the sort of memorable melody that eludes so many anonymous but well-intentioned songwriters on the coffeehouse circuit. Fierke has an arresting and versatile voice – it’s the star of the show – but she doesn’t rely on just the voice to carry her through. Everything on The Procession sounds carefully considered and crated, and there really isn’t an dud in the batch. Some may feel that eight tracks (and 27 minutes) feels a little slight, but Fierke deserves credit for sticking with eight songs that work together and don’t repeat each other, resisting the urge to pack on a couple pieces of filler to get up to 10 tracks or 12 tracks.
While she sprinkles in a couple of more up-tempo tracks, the prevailing mood on The Procession is definitely wintery – we’re talking funeral procession, not wedding procession. Highlights include the slow shuffle of “Train’s Song” and the somber, lovely “Backyard.” Fierke is already at work on a follow-up; it will be an album that’s much-anticipated around these quarters.
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