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Mirah - You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This

Couldn't Like it Better, Even If We Slept Together
by: marla tiara

The first time I heard Mirah’s first full-length
album, I was across the room talking to a friend, not
really paying attention. I remember thinking that this
album was very sparse in a good way, full of breathing
room between the plinky sounds of the guitar or the
out of tune piano. The next time I heard the album, I
sat down and really listened. And I haven’t stopped
listening since then.

In between the empty spaces framing her songs, Mirah sings in a plaintive, girlish and yet rough voice, about love lost, about relationships and friendships, about sex and loss. If I had to compare Mirah to anyone, I might say she is a touch Liz Phair, a smidgen of Chan Marshall, a drop of Mary Lou Lord.

Her lyrics don’t always contain the most original statements ever made in music; the refrain of la familia has the familiar question, “If we sleep together would it make it any better, if we sleep together would you be my friend forever?” Yet the delivery of the lines make them newly spine tingling and terribly sad at the same time.

Other songs, such as Murphy Bed, are more explicit. The song begins with her singing to a missing lover, “How’s the road? Are you getting lots of action out there? I hope so.” Later in the song she adds in a cautious yet oddly seductive manner, “And when you get home you can tie me to the murphy bed, lets do all the things you said,” and you know exactly what she’s talking about.

One song simply states, “You’ve got pollen on your nose,” and you feel like you’ve been let into a private scene where two people notice the smallest things about each other.

Every track on this album is a standout, and I can’t remove the CD from my CD player. It’s hypnotic and refreshing. Mirah is definitely someone to watch in the indie-girl arena.

Artist Mirah
Album You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This
Label K Records
Date 06.06.00

4.0 out of 5.0