Warp and Weft

Laura Veirs - Warp and Weft
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2013 Ratings: #409 / 955
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Based on 19 ratings
August 19, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

This is a creative and varied set of songs that spiral high and swoop low, sometimes both at once – and there isn’t a weak link amongst them. 

80
The 405

As she challenges our preconceptions of the genre, she also crafts a sublime LP, full of the ups and downs of life and parenthood, accompanied by beautiful melodies.

80
musicOMH

This is possibly her most satisfying album to date; it is, at times, quite spellbinding.

80
PopMatters

Warp and Weft is no hippie-dippy New Age paean to the goddess within, but more of a hard-edged look at life that doesn’t ignore nonphysical reality.

78
Paste

Displaying more of her raucous side, Warp and Weft is filled with tracks that easily find themselves among the best of her impressive catalog and manage to exceed expectations.

74
Pitchfork

Warp and Weft conjures a low, angular desert with percussion like rattlesnakes, guitars like scorpion stings, and pedal steels and string bends like reeling stars, all reverberating into shrouded gray distances. Veirs' voice runs through as clear and even as moonlight.

70
Drowned in Sound

The instrumentation, songwriting and melody-making effortlessly comes together thanks to the clever layering and lovingly crafted placement of each and every sound.

70
AllMusic

Laura Veirs returns to her electric guitar on Warp & Weft and delivers a dozen new songs that wind through skillfully textured, slightly psychedelicized rock, pop, and Americana, covering everything from the fears and joys of motherhood ... to disillusionment to homages to heroes to gratitude and spiritual awareness. 

70
NME

It all amounts to a rich, evocative expression of a mother’s optimism and anxieties.

50
DIY

A lot of the time 'Warp & Weft' is just very slow, and whilst there are a couple of earworms to be turned up here and there, it's mostly pretty stodgy

CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
78
Laura Veirs recorded this album while she was pregnant with her ​​second child, which had much to do in how the recording process was handled. Her songs do not speak directly of pregnancy or having children, but talk about the immediacy of the moments in life and of how to take advantage of them. With some help from Neko Case and some members of The Decemberists, Laura manages to express those ideas into beautiful folk songs, amplified with textures that transcend genres.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#56/musicOMH
#79/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Sun Song
  2. America
  3. Finster Saw the Angels
  4. Dorothy of the Island
  5. Shape Shifter 
  6. Ghosts of Louisville
  7. Say Darlin' Say
  8. That Alice
  9. Ikaria 
  10. Sadako Folding Cranes 
  11. Ten Bridges
  12. White Cherry
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