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Saint Low

Let this album pour itself into your soul. [a]Saint Low[/a] are a redemption.

Saint Low

8 / 10 It's sounds all too familiar. An American woman with an acoustic guitar, singing folk-tinged tales that chronicle lost loves and so on. Thankfully, [a]Saint Low[/a] bares no resemblance to an [I]Ally McBeal[/I] soundtrack, but is instead a tender, elegant and decidedly understated opus.

[a]Saint Low[/a] is the solo project of [a]Madder Rose[/a]'s velvet-voiced frontwoman Mary Lorson - a collection of works deemed unsuitable to appear on any [a]Madder Rose[/a] release because of the more subdued and emotional nature of the songs. And imagine that. Yet with this self-penned album we have what should have been the parent group's commercial saving grace.

Like a hazy summer afternoon, the music here floats by. Sweeping violins, pianos and acoustic guitars, predominate, and as the lush melodies begin to blossom, [a]Saint Low[/a] becomes wondrous. 'Crash', the most exquisite track ("It's a gas/It's a ride/You could crash/You could die") shows Lorson at her most astonishingly touching. Whereas the appropriately titled 'Dreamland' reveals the other side - more positive, maybe, but still tugging at the heartstrings.

Let this album pour itself into your soul. [a]Saint Low[/a] are a redemption.

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