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Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer's 2000 debut,You Were Here, was justifiably lauded and it made her a star in her homeland, racking up platinum sales. Four years later she's brought forth an equally engaging set of 11 finely honed songs. After the friendly mid-tempo opener and its tale of roaming the countryside in winter, she fearlessly kicks up the decibel meter with the smartly propulsive "Almost," presenting a lustful crush with appropriate passion and the wallop of a rocker. Throughout it all, Harmer has a gifted eye for the small details that give human scale and resilience to the lyrics. The sense of place evoked is unmistakably linked to her home in Ontario's Quaker Valley, and perhaps not surprisingly,All of Our Nameswas recorded primarily at her rural abode. The album has all the breadth and depth of a work created in a big-city studio, but it also exudes a warmth and intimacy that can be attributed to the care and comfort afforded by the setting.--David Greenberger
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Label:  Zoe Records
ArtistSarah Harmer
Release Date:  March 23, 2004
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review by . August 27, 2004
posted in Music Matters
I first heard the song "Almost" on a compilation CD from Paste magazine. It was easily the best song on the CD (which had some other great songs on it), and I found myself playing and re-playing that song in particular. It's catchy but not at all annoying; memorable and surprisingly subtle. After the tenth listen or so, I knew I'd have to have this album just to see if the rest of it was as good.    As it turns out, it's even better. The variety of songs on "All of Our Names" …
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