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Classic Album Review: Sarah Harmer | All of Our Names

The singer-songwriter's third album is truly and completely a homespun affair.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Home is obviously where Sarah Harmer’s heart is. And where her music comes from.

I mean that last one literally — the former Weeping Tile singer-songwriter’s third solo CD All of Our Names was “engineered, mixed and produced by Sarah Harmer and Martin Davis Kinack at her house,” we are told in the liner notes. Not that we all should be too surprised by that. One listen to these gentle roots-pop tunes would have led anyone to the same conclusion. Unlike the edgier approach of her breakthrough 2000 disc You Were Here, this 11-cut offering is a laid-back affair, with easygoing grooves, unvarnished performances and no-frills production that dovetails wonderfully with Harmer’s (yes) homespun melodies, earnest lyrics and earthy, unaffected vocals. From the strummy pop of Almost and the jangle of New Enemy to the stark balladry of Tether and the closing lullaby Go to Sleep, All of Our Names is a perfect soundtrack to a rainy night alone.