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Very eclectic. Specific tracks evoked jazz and independent rock to me; other tracks resemble other genres, but I was unable to identify specifically which ones. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Most recent release, The Charm and the Strange (2007)
Wikipedia's entry on Simon Wilcox
Rickie Lee Jones, Liz Phair, and a host of others I could not put my finger on. (email@example.com)
Own, occasionally co-written
Wilcox has shown herself to be an extremely talented singer-songwriter with a good command of a wide range of styles. I hope we'll be hearing a lot more from her in the future. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Mongrel of Love
Mongrel of Love
Very highly recommended
Simon Wilcox—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Dave Patel—drums, drills, stapleguns
I really wish that this disk had come with printed lyrics. It's clear that Wilcox is a gifted wordsmith; I'm very taken with the cerebral words she has come up with for this music, but it is likely to take repeated listenings to absorb it all—not that it wouldn't continue to be very pleasurable to listen to. The musical styles represented are diverse; not all tracks reminded me of specific artists (arguably a sure sign of an original talent), but the jazzy first track, "Pigeontoed," exhibits the hipster sensibilities of early Rickie Lee Jones (cf. my review of Rachelle Garniez), while the title track evokes a tough-minded sexual independence reminiscent of Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville album. All in all, it's one of the best debut albums I've heard in the years I've been doing reviews for the Guide. (email@example.com)
Wide in Canada
Simon Wilcox—keyboards and vocals
Justin Abedin—acoustic & electric guitars, dobro
Every time I get to the end of this album, I'm jolted. It all seems over so quickly, and at 36 minutes, it is. Maybe because I get swept up in the sound and feel of the album, swept along from song to song, without any songs that drag on or make me look at the clock. I put it on, get into the groove, and don't really notice where the time goes.
The Charm and the Strange
Wide in Canada
Simon Wilcox & Ron Lopata with additional production by Saam Hashemi
Simon goes for more of a rock sound on her third album. I enjoy it, but people looking for a return from her foray into the mainstream will probably be disappointed. (JoAnn Whetsell)
"Empty Sky" appears on the Brothers soundtrack (2009)
Thanks to Mitch Pravatiner and JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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