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HappenstanceOn Happenstance, her full-length debut, this 26-year-old singer-song-writer oozes end-of-the-affair resignation, sketching tales of failed romance...HappenstanceOn Happenstance, her full-length debut, this 26-year-old singer-song-writer oozes end-of-the-affair resignation, sketching tales of failed romance...2004-06-11
Rachael Yamagata

Happenstance

Lead Performer: Rachael Yamagata; Producer (group): RCA; Status: In Season

On Happenstance, her full-length debut, this 26-year-old singer-song-writer oozes end-of-the-affair resignation, sketching tales of failed romance over a mix of piano-based pop, blues, and even cabaret. Yamagata’s drowsy delivery, journal-entry lyrics, and slinky rhythms will inevitably draw comparisons to Beth Orton and Fiona Apple. And rightly so: With standouts like ”Worn Me Down,” which deftly details her exasperation with an unrequited crush, she proves she can hold her own with the best of the distressed songstresses.

Originally posted June 11 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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