'Something Fierce' is Marian Call's much-anticipated third album, funded entirely by fans and informed by experiences on her 50 State Tour of the U.S. (Canada too!). Marian is a music theory junkie and a poetry nerd, and both passions are indulged completely on this record. Lovingly recorded in homes and studios all around the country, nearly all of Marian's large music community and family can be heard on this record, as well as contributing fans.
Song topics include Jane Austen, Windows Vista, the last few NASA space shuttle missions, heartbreak, divorce, winter driving in Alaska, a newbie's view of SxSW, avocados, sea urchins, beer, and breast lumps. It's alternately a gut-wrenching spiritual therapy session, a happy Muppet dance, and a mellow picnic in the park in sunlight that's slightly too cold (with good company and a delicious unassuming red wine that makes the breeze bearable).
To preview the whole album for free, visit http://mariancall.com/listen.php. To view liner notes online, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariancall/sets/72157627571585902/show/ -- for plain text lyrics you can copy and paste, see http://marianmarginalia.wordpress.com/something-fierce-lyrics-and-liner-notes/. **If you want to download in *uncompressed* audio, you can do so at http://mariancall.bandcamp.com/album/something-fierce.
In an era of instant digital downloads, Marian Call has produced a beautifully packaged double CD with 16 pages of full-color photos and lyrics. Ideal for those listeners who miss discovering a record in big headphones over long hours of luxurious listening. The lyrics are quotable, funny, and heartwrenching; the music is clever and surprising; the artwork is essential instead of an afterthought. Photography by Brian Adams http://baphotos.com and illustrations by Karen Luke Fildes http://karenlukefildes.com. **The double album and 16-page lyric booklet are printed on post-consumer recycled materials and subscribe to Oasis CD's carbon neutral program. Download if you like, but know that the physical double album is a thing of beauty (and carbon neutral using post-consumer recycled materials/carbon offset purchases too!).
If you have any questions about anything (really, anything at all), you can connect with Marian on Twitter (@mariancall), Facebook (/mariancallmusic), or G+ (plus.tl/mariancall).
*Also available to add to your wish list on Amazon.com if you can't pick it up now -- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005WM70B8/ref=cm_sw_su_dp
Listener Reviews from Amazon.com:
"This is a beautiful album that showcases her gifts as a singer, composer, and songwriter. If you are fan you cannot go wrong in buying it. If you have never heard her music, this is a great place to start." - Shervyn
"Vanilla, Call's previous "serious" effort was a great album, but this follow up takes her to a whole new level. The songs are more varied, more confident, and the production is note perfect. Nothing can match the energy of her live performances, but this is probably as close as you can get. Highly, highly recommended." - J. Clark
"I was completely amazed at how really really good and engaging this album was. Far surpassing all of her previous albums. I put it on my iTouch. When I drove to NJ, I put played it once on the way up and twice on the way back. Mr. Darcy is my favorite (and she even has a video to go with it on yourube). I have not been much of a fan of jazz, but this is opening a new vista. Her voice has matured. Strong, confident and spot-on. The timing and rhythms hold my attention. Definitely my favorite for 2011." John Stewart
"I've been looking forward to this album for a long time since I first discovered Marian Call, and shortly thereafter got to see a live performance, in early 2010. I can't really compare it to her previous work as this is a different album all together. It displays her growth as an artist and as some have said displays a greater "emotional dynamic range." Not only is the music fantastic, but the packaging is amazing. The liner notes are loaded with artwork and shows what is increasingly being lost as a result of digital downloads." - B. Brusell
"I've been listening to Marian Call's music for a few years now, and always appreciated the folk and jazz influences; however, the lyrics of the songs were what ultimately made me a fan. Ms. Call has a knack for reflecting the feelings and experiences of many people with a simple phrase (for instance, the first time I heard her song "Vanilla" I kept saying to myself, "Yes, that's what I've always felt, too, I just didn't have the words to express it!") ...'Something Fierce' has increased my appreciation of Ms. Call's music tenfold. From the heartbreaking honesty of "Anchorage" and "All New" to the energetic "Dear Mr. Darcy" and "Temporal Dominoes." The tracks are nicely varied and well-paced, and I often find myself putting the entire album on repeat for hours. This is the sort of album that you'll want to buy two of: one to keep and one to loan out to everyone else. Highly recommended." - Joi Weaver
"Broadly speaking, 'Something Fierce, vol 1: Good Luck With That' is about her life and what's happened to her over the last few years, and 'Something Fierce, vol 2: From Alaska' is a love letter to her adopted home, but that's far too vague a description for both. It's not as geeky as her previous releases...but she is a proud geek, and so the flavor remains. It's not a single thing at all. There is sad here, very sad, and there is thoughtful, and there is bouncy fun that I guarantee will stick in your head for days. There are the thoughts of someone who has traveled far and done a lot, and there is the expertise of dozens, even hundreds of friends, family and fellow musicians with whom she crafted different parts. ...There are sections she recorded in hotel rooms and in studios, with raucous crowds and by herself, and with every instrument you can think of, including, of course, typewriter, rainstick and deceased cat. ...But what it really is, is Marian. It's a look inside her head. It's her thoughts and her humor and her heart. It's the powerful voice we knew she had, further tempered into a finely wrought tool by, basically, life." - C.A. Bridges