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Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart (2 CD)

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An album by Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata has hardly been idle since her acclaimed 2004 full-length debut, Happenstance, and its Adult Top 40 hit 'Worn Me Down.' So for her Warner Bros. premiere, the singer-songwriter-pianist with the sultry voice unveils a double disc set: … see full wiki

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  • Oct 18, 2008
Rachael Yamagata practically bleeds talent, spilling it out in her voice - sometimes dark and moody, sometimes brash and bright - and over the keys of her piano or the strings of her guitar, pumping passion into the air on the notes of her songs, pouring into your heart all the feelings and ideas you can handle and then some.

Her new double-CD, 'Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart' looks at the complexities of love and relationships from two perspectives.

The nine songs on the first disc are largely the quieter ones, glowing with warmth bur rarely burning bright. Any yet, though these songs are on the softer side, they always carry a quality of strength and power. Lyrically they are the more challenging songs, such as in 'Over and Over,' which sings about a "happy ending" in which winds scream and fog breaks every door and rivers rise -- a happy ending that ends in destruction, but cleansing.

The five songs on the second disc are louder, musically more powerful and more straightforward, simpler in their presentation. Yet for all their bright chords and strident instruments, they unveil an inner vulnerability. There is a toughness here that covers up deeper feelings, a passion that protects but also lays bare the soul. "Faster" comes out like a declaration of independence, and "Sidedish Friend" makes a powerful yet intimate statement about relationships on the side.

Taken as a whole, 'Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart' shows us Rachael Yamagata refining her style and her technique, with these songs coming out more polished and produced than those on 'EP' or 'Happenstance'. However, underneath all that is still that raw heart that Rachael has always had, passion pulsing, overflowing, flooding out in her music and on the tones of her sultry, smoky voice.

Where music works best, where it really counts, is the place where it calls out to the heart, where it resonates and quickens the blood. On that score, Rachael Yamagata never misses a beat.

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Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart (2 CD)
Label: Warner Bros.
Release Date: October 7, 2008

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