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Little Bones

by Laura Thomas Band

In Laura Thomas's fifth album, she delivers piercing lyrics with a stripped-down sound.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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2. Wrecking Ball
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3. Right Now
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4. How to Break
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5. Surrender
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6. Headlights
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7. Play Me Something
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8. Old as Bones
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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,

Laura


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


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Linda

Intense and Compelling
Little Bones strays from some of the rock sounds of Laura Thomas' previous work, but does a better job of showcasing her rich voice and her complex and clever lyrics. Little Bones is as compelling and intense as we have come to expect from Thomas. She is able to create a sincerity in her music while still producing an immediately accessible musicality. Soft and lovely melodies combined with her strong voice and fresh lyrics make for a quality album.

Lindsay Sterling

Heartbreakingly Beautiful
In past albums, Laura Thomas's fiery attitude, poetic tendencies and pipes led me to describe her as a cross between Alanis Morissette and Ani Difranco. In Little Bones, however, we get something quite different. The rock band is gone. Poetry has come to the forefront. The pace has slowed down. This is a surprise. It's an acoustic folk album, and she's almost solo. Her vocals are even more luminous in the spare atmosphere. The feeling of the album is intensely quiet like steam rising after a storm.

The theme is utter and complete devastation. "Headlights" is about when love disappears. "Wrecking Ball:" when you build your whole life around something and watch it get destroyed. My favorite song on the album is "Surrender." I might just sing that chorus through the next decade. There's little defiance, if any, in this album. She's more getting to know the way things are. Her ability to dive into disappointment without trying to get out of it reminds me of Lucinda Williams.

In "Play Me Something," a devastated girl begs for a beautiful song. Thomas gives us a whole album of them. According to me, Little Bones is a must-have for every adult who could use some camaraderie in reckoning with how things turned out. In short, incredible songs performed by an incredible artist.