EW Staff
May 23, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

11:11

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Maria Taylor
Producers
Saddle Creek
genre
Electronic

We gave it a B+

Like her much better-known labelmate Bright Eyes, Maria Taylor (also of the Saddle Creek outfit Azure Ray) mixes intimate songwriting with spare, glitchy electronics on 11:11. Unlike Conor Oberst & Co., she eschews the polemical New Dylan role for a kinder, gentler sound. Her solo debut is like a tiny sparrow in the hand: delicate, fluttering, precisely built. Even as standout tracks ”Leap Year” and the lullaby-esque ”Song Beneath the Song” settle in after repeated playings, they still don’t feel completely possessed by the listener. But that just makes them worth hearing again.

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