11:11 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 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… 2005-05-24 Maria Taylor Electronic
Music Review

11:11 (2005)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 24, 2005; Lead Performance: Maria Taylor; Genre: Electronic

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.

Originally posted May 23, 2005 Published in issue #821-822 May 27, 2005 Order article reprints