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Ripley Caine
Sweet Pickle Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Ripley Caine is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, and her brand of folk-rock is simply not my cup of tea. I'm sorry.

Lover, a full-length which I am led to believe is Caine's third release by some hints on her website, is most notable for her Natalie Merchant-like vocals. Unfortunately, such qualities do not get me very excited, and no other qualities of the release make up for that one. Not only are the vocals tedious, but, since that is really all Ripley Caine is about, all other qualities of her music leave much to be desired. I tend to be the type of person who can listen to more or less anything- not much bothers me, even if I consider it bad. I can't stand sitting through Lover, though. I've done my duty by doing so, mind you, but its very, very difficult.

So basically, if you're into folky singer-songwriters who sound like Natalie Merchant and who write lyrics I'm sure they find clever ("I read between your mind and between the lines/ but you've got that baggage at your side ready to take a trip when I arrived"- from "Labor Day") and include such original notions as "which came first/ the chicken or the egg" (from "Jealous"), you'll probably like Ripley Caine. If not, do yourself a favor and avoid it.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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