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Julie Doiron – I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day

March 20, 2009

Julie Doiron – I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day [2009]

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Julie Doiron’s latest album was billed as a return to form. “She’s working with Rick White again! This is a rock record!” If it is a rock record (and I’m not convinced it is), it’s one made by the same woman who released Goodnight Nobody and Woke Myself Up. I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day is somewhat of a departure in Doiron’s solo work, but it’s not a full return to the rollicking sounds of Eric’s Trip, either. It’s quiet, and understated, and it tugs at your sleeve, and it does all that with only a little distortion and reverb scattered throughout. Not to imply Doiron isn’t breaking ground, because she is, but it’s in her words. She’s in love and starkly hopeful on this record, and her jarringly earnest lyrics about newfound optimism are never lost in the fuzz and tape hiss. She is moving forward.

Banished from my iPod? No, it can stay.

Standout tracks? “Heavy Snow” and “Nice To Come Home” were my faves. You can download “Consolation Prize” for free in the iTunes store this week, or from Jagjaguwar.

Here’s a video for “Heavy Snow,” filmed and directed by Rick White.

Buy I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day on CD or LP here

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. passerine songs permalink*
    March 23, 2009 2:20 pm

    You’re right, I’m not convinced it’s a rock record, either.

  2. March 23, 2009 2:43 pm

    I read the “about” section of her website this morning and it’s all, “rock record! rock record! rock record!” It’s not. I approve of this album, but it’s not that at all, unless you’re only comparing it to her other solo stuff.

    • Socket permalink
      March 23, 2009 5:42 pm

      Just gimme indie rock!

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