Billie Myers invites you over for "Tea & Sympathy".
Oct 16, 2009
You may remember Billie Myer's breakthrough hit, "Kiss the Rain", but there is so much more to love about the energetic singer-songwriter. Her initial album, "Growing Pains" spawned the sultry and alluring, "Tell Me", in addition to more standout tracks such as "You Send Me Flying", "A Few Words Too Many", and "Having Trouble with the Language." It was her follow up release, "Vertigo", that cemented her status as one of the most clever artists around with lyrics inspiring constant critical thinking on tracks such as "Should I Call You Jesus?" and "Bitter Fruit". The sophomore effort also took an emotional look at relationships with the stunning title track, in addition to "Never Let Them See You Cry", and the gorgeous "A Room Full of View". The album was also complete with offerings to make you move. The club hit, "Am I Here Yet?", led the way for the other high energy and intelligently quirky standouts, "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Flexible."
Near nine years have passed since "Vertigo" and fans have been eagerly awaiting a new full-length Billie Myers' release. The wait was worth it. Myers again flawlessly delivers with 2009's "Tea & Sympathy". The opening track, "Lady Jane", does exactly what the first track is supposed to - it grabs you in and makes you want more. It is catchy and gets stuck in your head, but if you listen closely to the words, it is telling a compelling tale straight from Hollywood. "Tea & Sympathy" is FILLED with so many moments to pay close attention for fear of missing anything. It makes me want to stop everything, sit with headphones on, and carefully follow along with printed lyrics the way I did in high school. "Not Another Love Song" also instantly enthralled me. The title certainly does the track justice as it is actually a breakup tale of doubt and self-blame but still manages to slap the ex with lines like "Spit me out, piece by piece, leave the scraps to the hand that feeds me." On the other extreme, "Wonderful" is a love song, but it is not overstated the way so much modern music tends to be. It is refreshingly subtle but still manages to give you that rewarding tingle. The standout track on "Tea & Sympathy" is also the lead single. "I Hope You're Happy Now" is a completely captivating lamentation over a lost relationship. It is brutally honest and easy to relate to, admitting over-indulged vices with "Another pill to kill the pain, another bullet to my brain, another lover in my bed, wishing you were here instead." This song has already cracked my Ipod's most played list, quite an accomplishment since I am always repeating tracks I love and also considering I have had the device since 2006.
"Tea & Sympathy " certainly delivers and is a must have for fans of Billie Myers' "Growing Pains" and "Vertigo". If you ever have the chance to see her peform live - do it! I have seen her twice and they were two of the most unforgettable shows I have ever seen. She loves to get up close and personal with her fans. My favorite memory of her is when she poured tequila down by throat. Her inviting personality is completely evident on her facebook, myspace and twitter ( @BillieMyers )feeds. Be sure to stop by and see her some time for some "Tea & Sympathy." You will not regret it.
I have waited many, many years for the follow up to her first two albums, Growing Pains and Vertigo and once again, Billie Myers does not disappoint. What she DOES do is grab your hand through your heart strings and take you on an incredible ride while you are trying to hold on so you can peel back the layers of depth in her lyrics every single time you listen to it. I look forward to her trying to beat this one. Not a chance! Or is there? … more
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