Will Hermes
November 21, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

A Place Where I Know: 4-Track Songs 1992-2002

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Paula Frazer
Producers
Birdman

We gave it a B+

A Southern girl with a ghostly voice, Frazer spent a while fronting Tarnation, a band whose ’95 ”Gentle Creatures” (on 4AD) is a lost classic of ethereal folk-rock that sounds like the Cocteau Twins drifting through a Cormac McCarthy novel. This set of demos functions as an excellent best-of, featuring moony, naked versions of songs from her former band as well as her slept-on 2001 solo debut, ”Indoor Universe.” ORNITHOLOGY Fans of odd backcountry thrushes should check out Jolie Holland, whose ”Catalpa” (Anti-) is full of dark waltzes and creaky Cat Power-style purring.

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