It has been a long time since I put out any music, and there's a good reason for this: I needed to break up with music for a while in order to love it again. The music industry had quashed my spirit in a lot of ways, and it had taken the joy out of playing music. So I didn't pick up my guitar for a year and a half, and it felt GREAT. Then one day I decided I was ready to record again. Within a week, I'd written some new songs. And these songs feel so good to me, even though they're largely about being broken down.
This album, "little bones," is all about moving through the world in a fragile state. The fragility comes from the knowledge that our dreams and loves do not always deliver themselves to us as we want. But there is still beauty in the tiniest things, if we allow ourselves to see it.
The music on this album is quieter than the ones I've made before. It's more intimate than bombastic, and it feels more authentic than anything I've done before. I hope you like! xo,
Previous review rom the Washington Post:
Independent Singer-songwriter Laura Thomas's sharp-tongued solo debut could have been titled "Yellow Room," a reference to the album's opening line: "Inside my head there's a yellow room, where I run away from all my woman's gloom."
She checks in frequently, after all, seeking respite from relationships that inspire song titles like "There's Nothing About You That Reminds Me of a Human Being" or give rise to postmortems that sound bitter and liberating at the same time.
On "Nutha Man," the former lead singer for Kiki and the Rockstars scolds: "When it's cold outside I can say, this sucks / And I won't have to hear you say, get tough / And I'll never have to think / What a pity I can't go touch that man." If that sounds early Alanis-like, Thomas seems ready to embrace the spirit of any woman scorned, or as evidenced by the waltzing "Curtsey," the sorrow of any woman who is free to be herself as "long as that reflects the proper taste of everybody else."
Venting isn't the only thing Thomas does well, however. Her voice is capable of tracing melodies as sinuous as the Rock Creek Parkway, and she has a soft spot for writing tender, compassionate or introspective ballads that help set her apart from the rant 'n' roll crowd. -- Mike Joyce, Washington Post