Henry Goldblatt
September 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rachael Yamagata
genre
Pop

We gave it a B-

Rachael Yamagata’s first album was one of 2004’s best, but the charms of this follow-up aren’t evident on the first listen. Or second. The problem lies in the structure of Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart — it’s a ”record in 2 parts,” consisting of nine ballads followed by five grittier numbers. The result is a slog that’ll have you reaching for the happy pills. That said, Yamagata’s delivery is gorgeous. And amid all the moroseness are some standouts, including ”Elephants,” which belongs in the canon of great spurned-lover songs, and ”Sidedish Friend,” which, contrary to its title, is not about a pal who brings candied yams to dinner. B?
Download This: Listen to ”Elephants” on the musician’s MySpace page

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