REVIEW: Inara George’s “Accidental Experimental”

Image Hosted by Curious about what others thought about vocalist Inara George, I typed out her name and the name of her new album, Accidental Experimental (Everloving) and I casually glanced through reviews. I only looked through one review, and she was combared to Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and Aimee Mann. I don’t know if the word wispy would be right, for I did a search for that word and came across this definition:
One that is thin, frail, or slight

Maybe one tends to hear a delicate-sounding female voice and says “oh, wispy”, but then I found this definition:
A fleeting trace or indication; a hint

I like that, “a hint”.

Inara George is a woman who seems to have the kind of love of pop that was plentiful in the 60’s and 70’s, where an arranger would receive was much accolades as a producer. She sings about the wonders of the world while pondering on the wonders of herself, through musical tales where guitar melodies are swept over by string sections. The music itself is not experimental, but it is definitely crafty and highly creative. “Can’t Say No” sounds like a semi-new wave track, but immerse yourself in the sound and its worse are as modern as they might have been in 1981:

if you believe what I believe
if you believe what I believe
I will drink all the water that you place in front of me
Bring it on and send it away
Do you remember what I said yesterday?
My machine is still working but my hands are cold as clay

In other songs you may hear xylophones and wooden percussion becoming the bed for her words, other sounds may sound like country music if the musicians had taken some peyote, and perhaps the tendency to call her a folk artist merely comes from the mood and tone of these songs. There are important messages here, but folk these isn’t, unless you want to call them modern day folk tales. Production junkies will love the way this album sounds, where everything has its place, and there’s room for surprises, such as George’s background vocals in “Greedy” with a hint of reverb that makes it sound like a curious rain. If someone like Inara George could have the same kind of attention that Norah Jones received years ago, it would show that people really do care about quality music made by someone who wants to move people as much as she wants to be moved. But Jones’ popularity was arguably pushed by publicists and… you know what, let me stop comparing her to Norah Jones. The only similarities these two women have is that wispy voice, and that’s it. For me, I would prefer to hear George over and over, as there’s something in her lyrics and the way she sings them that moves me. Her imagery becomes very vivid in my mind and I want to be taken on those journeys. Accidental Experimental makes getting lost in music a good way to spend an hour or two.

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