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Paula Frazer and Tarnation
Now It's Time
Birdman

Rating: 7/10 ?


May 4, 2007
Although Tarnation had always been singer/songwriter Paula Frazer and a loose cadre of musicians, the Georgia-born performer embarked on a solo career after two albums with the band, 1995's Gentle Creatures and 1997's Mirador. While the former record won Frazer and her group a fair amount of attention, since they had the distinction of being an alt-county band on the atmosphere-steeped 4AD label, the latter met with an underwhelming response, no doubt a factor in the Tarnation name getting shelved.

Nearly a decade after Mirador, Frazer decided to take up the Tarnation mantle again, albeit with the altered billing of "Paula Frazer and Tarnation." The result, Now It's Time, features Frazer and company's signature twang on some tracks, particularly the woozy "Sleeping Dreams," but it often leaves that aesthetic in the background while playing up folk-tinged chamber-pop elements. A wavering warble that sometimes sounds like a fusion of Neko Case and Blue-era Joni Mitchell, Frazer's voice is well-suited for these delicate arrangements, as revealed on the light, piano-led "Bitter Rose" and "First Sign," which boasts swooning strings reminiscent of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe." Though there are few lackluster tracks, most notably "Nowhere," a number that blatantly lifts the chiming guitar line of R.E.M.'s "Drive," Now It's Time is a welcome reminder of Frazer's talents, even if it doesn't quite recapture the verve of Tarnation's finest work.

Reviewed by Eric Schneider
A freelance writer and editor based in Saratoga Springs, New York, Eric Schneider is a regular contributor to LAS.

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