Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Edgy alternative pop/rock
Most recent release, anemone, 2002
a brassier-voiced Jane Siberry, sometimes Katharina Franck of Rainbirds
Own, cowritten, occasional covers
She reminds me of a brassier-voiced Jane Siberry. Really. She has the same sensibility and kind of sound, in her approach to songs and lyrics, though her voice makes it sound much rougher and her arrangements also are rougher-sounding. Her voice when she's pushing it sounds rather like Katharina Franck of Rainbirds (in fact there's one song that when it suddenly came into my head I was sure was a Rainbirds song, but it was Mia's). (Neile)
Recommended first album:
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Mia Sheard--vocals, mellotron, tambourine, handclaps
Mia Sheard, Michael Phillip Wojewoda, Iain McNally
Edgy, creative rock that always catches me when I give it a listen. The songwriting is unusual and interesting, and walks that fine line between being experimental and being melodic. I'm not sure her cover of "The Story in Your Eyes" was such a good idea, but it certainly is a different take on it. I prefer her own songs, like "Call Me", which is a knock out. This is strong stuff. (Neile)
2000--Perimeter Records, Suite 1400, 1791 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3L1, Canada--81003 0005-2
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Mia Sheard--vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Michael Phillip Wojewoda and Mia Sheard
Like with love and squalor, this is a strong and creative collection, and is perhaps a little stronger. The songs are all individual and powerful and whenever I listen to it I love it--I wish I remembered about it more often, because it deserves more plays than I give it. The overall sounds is like a slightly muddied Katharina Franck singing more mournful songs that the usual Rainbirds fare. The songs are dramatic and strong and with a lot of range but take a while to come into focus--they're just not exactly hook-laden (though "Cover Girl" and "Call Me," a song that appears on both of her albums, certainly are). Despite the fact that it takes a while for the songs to come into focus, this isn't by any means difficult listening hour and they certainly have grown on me. Her vocals are good, and her voice unusual. There's another similarity that I can't quite pick out, besides the Katharina Franck resemblances. There are some Jane Siberry-like resemblances in her creative, unusually literate songwriting. "Call Me" should be a big hit. (Neile)
Canada, or see website for availability
Mia Sheard--vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Karen Graves--violin on 1 track
Mia Sheard and Howard Redekopp
Mia Sheard's third cd is hardly immediate, but once you let it sink in it won't let go. Her songs are strong and her lyrics poetic. A song like "Back in the 70's" is melodic and subtle. It unfolds slowly to a strong chorus and a rockin' feel. The gentle "Sunday" has me thinking about Jane Siberry. It's something to do with the way the vocals are layered, it's done in a very artful, very Siberry-ish way.
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Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for her work on this entry.
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