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Music Music April 2, 1998
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Sue Garner
To Run More Smoothly
1998

Recorded in Garner's apartment and practice space, then finished with pop genie Chris Stamey at his Modern Recording Studio in Chapel Hill, this is a delicate, lovely record. Garner's full-throated singing recalls Linda Thompson and Syd Straw, and is the focus of the music. The record is eclectic, eccentric, great: her cover of Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings" in particular is sublime, her voice wrapped like silk in Katie Gentile's dive-bombing violin overdubs. "Intuition" demonstrates the kind of on-edge Downtown pop she's come to master, propelled by a percussive, repeating guitar line, tinkling toy pianos, train whistle, and subtle percussive accompaniment.


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