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Josephine Foster
A Wolf In Sheep`s Clothing

Josephine Foster — A Wolf In Sheep`s Clothing (April 11, 2006)

 Josephine Foster — A Wolf In Sheep`s Clothing (April 11, 2006)
•¬•   O tom, jak pracuje na písni: “Dívám se na něco, co chci okamžitě poslouchat znovu. Chci, aby moje rýmy byly  tak delikátní, že je toužím opakovat znovu a znovu, až na ně nemůžu zapomenout. Je to proto, že moje paměť není tak silná, takže musím pečlivě budovat píseň kvůli ní... Můj ideál je, že všechny věci, které miluji, jsou v mé hlavě a já nemůžu spoléhat na kohokoliv — takže nakonec budou všechny moje texty bezpečné jen tam. A pokud se nevejdou tam, možná, že jsou příliš dlouhé, nebo něco prostě není v pořádku...”
•¬•   O hledání inspirace v opeře: “Myslím, že když jsem poprvé slyšela zpívat operní zpěvačku, byla jsem v malé místnůstce a ona zpívala Verdiho árie. Bylo to takové, ... víte, no, jaké to je, když vaše vlasy jen tak letí tam a zpět a vy cítite vibrace? Jak to je možné, že tato žena má takovou sílu? Zdá se, že z nadpřirozena. Milovala jsem tuto zkušenost. Chtěla jsem mít vibrační hlas. Nechtěla jsem mít jeden z těch druhů bábovkových hlasů, jaké mají popové zpěvačky, které jsou zvukově stejné jako malá tenká nudle, jak se snaží být holčičí–holkami. A na to já nejsem.”
•¬•   Chicago–based singer/songwriter with a love for all things Tin Pan Alley, British folk, German lieder, and psychedelic rock.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Album release: April 11, 2006
Record Label: Locust
Genre: Neo–Folk, Experimental
Styles: Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo–Psychedelia
Related Artists: Samara Lubelski, Nagisa Ni Te, Linda Perhacs, Marissa Nadler, Laura Marling, Jolie Holland...
Duration:     42:20
Tracks:
1 An Die Musik (Schubert/Schober)     6:19
2 Der König In Thule (Schubert/Goethe)     4:51
3 Verschwiegene Liebe (Wolf/Eichendorff)     7:08
4 Die Schwestern (Brahms/Mörike)     5:05
5 Wehmut (Schumann/Eichendorff)     4:16
6 Auf Einer Burg (Schumann/Eichendorff)     11:45
7 Nähe Des Geliebten (Schubert/Goethe)     2:56
Credits:
•¬•   John Dawson Recording
•¬•   Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff Text
•¬•   Josephine Foster Arranger, Design, Guitar, Mixing, Producer, Vocals
•¬•   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Text
•¬•   Brian Goodman Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
•¬•   Eduard Mörike Text
•¬•   Plastic Crimewave Sound Artwork, Guitar
•¬•   Kris Poulin Mastering
•¬•   Franz von Schubert TextAllMusic Review by François Couture;  Score: ***½
•¬•   For her third solo album, Josephine Foster went for something simple, but extremely strange. Basically, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing consists of renditions of 19th century art songs, with Brian Goodman’s acid electric guitar providing the X factor. •¬•   Foster has selected pages by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms, which she sings in German, in typical lieder fashion (acute vibrato included), accompanying herself soberly at the acoustic guitar. Upon hearing the first few seconds of “An die Musik,” the first track, you cannot help but wonder if you have put the right disc in the CD player — is this a reissue of some old wax recordings miraculously restored? — at which point the electric licks kick in and things take an unmistakable contemporary feel. Goodman seems to operate on his own level, weaving acid lines in and out of the songs, often with little relation to them. The contrast is downright shocking at first and remains disquieting for the first four songs. By the fifth track, “Wehmut,” Foster changes her approach: an old piano replaces the acoustic guitar, while amateur harmonica and other miscellaneous instruments create something much closer to the free folk aesthetics some listeners are probably expecting from this album. The longest piece by far, “Auf Einer Burg” goes further in that direction, retaining only the ghost of Schumann’s original melody, obscured by reverb and drenched in multi–tracked psychedelic guitar improvisations. The dislocation felt in the earlier tracks is dispelled in this case, which, paradoxically, makes this piece the “saner” one of the bunch and also the least effective. “Nähe Des Geliebten” comes back to the arrangements of the first few songs, closing the album on a more positive note. Some fans of Foster will argue that her two previous solo albums hinted at something like this — Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You had a certain antiquated quality to it — but nothing can really prepare you for A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. People who make up lists of “weird albums” will most likely take a shine to this one, but don’t look at it as a novelty record; it has unique charm and can unexpectedly grow on you.
Bandcamp: http://josephinefoster.bandcamp.com/album/a-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing
Website: http://www.josephinefoster.info/
Interview: NPR STAFF, Updated October 6, 2012, 7:55 PM ET
•¬•   http://www.npr.org/2012/10/06/162295011/josephine-foster-a-vibrating-voice-to-shake-the-soulDiscography:
•¬•   2000: There Are Eyes Above
•¬•   2001: Little Life
•¬•   2003: SOS JFK (with The Children’s Hour)
•¬•   2004: All the Leaves Are Gone (Josephine Foster and the Supposed)
•¬•   2004: Born Heller (with Jason Ajemian)
•¬•   2005: Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You
•¬•   2006: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
•¬•   2008: This Coming Gladness
•¬•   2009: Graphic as a Star
•¬•   2010: Anda Jaleo (with The Victor Herrero Band)
•¬•   2012: Perlas (with The Victor Herrero Band)
•¬•   2012: Blood Rushing
•¬•   2013: I’m A Dreamer•¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬••¬•• 

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