The Weather Station

Ignorance

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AllMusic Review byHeather Phares

LoyaltyThe Weather Station,Tamara Lindeman's music evolved by leaps and bounds. OnIgnorance, she reaches another peak. Whenthe Weather Station's tour for their 2017 self-titled album ended, she spent months researching the enormous impact of climate change. She attended demonstrations and hosted a series of discussions with other musicians and activists, butLindemanhad to explore the issue -- and people's resistance to addressing it -- in her music. She's just as insightful singing about what she calls "climate grief" onIgnoranceas she is when describing the heartache between people. The breezy "Atlantic" nails the feeling of helplessness in the face of looming disaster: "I should get all this dying off my mind/I should really know better than to read the headlines." As she challenges complacency and fear,Lindemangets out of her own comfort zone withIgnorance's music. Instead of the acoustic backdrops of her early releases or the rock flourishes ofThe Weather Station, this timeLindemandrapes her uncomfortable truths in downright luxurious sounds. Combining the silkiness of late-'70s/early-'80sRoxy MusicFleetwood Macwith the exploratory spirit of jazz,Ignorance's sophistication feels conspicuous but also precious, as though she's buffed her nuggets of truth to a mirrorlike sheen. Though she's previously shied away from theatricality, there's no denying how powerfully she uses it on the album's opening track, "Robber." Over slinky yet uneasy synths and strings,Lindemanmeditates on how the privileged steal resources in a croon embodying the seductiveness of the status quo. The silvery highs ofLindeman's voice still resembleJoni Mitchell, as do the cleverly captured details ofIgnorance's lyrics. There's even a song called "Parking Lot" that shares the exuberant poignancy ofMitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," thoughLindemansets her contemplation of the world around her ("You know it just kills me when I see some bird fly/It just kills me/And I don't know why") to perky disco strings. She brilliantly uses pop's familiar structures and steady tempos to underscore the album's feeling of disconnection, whether she emphasizes the loneliness on "Loss" with mantra-like repetition or magnifies the tiny cuts on "Separated" into chasms with crisp verses and choruses.Lindeman's words and music may dazzle, but she's always compassionate as she examines the warning signs in a relationship with a person or a planet. On the tender, percolating standout "Heart," she sings, "I am soft/But I am also angry," which could beIgnorance's mission statement. Her matter-of-fact delivery only enhances the complexity of romantic postmortems like "Subdivisions," which closes the album with a weary, late-winter glow and plenty of ambivalence. Musically and emotionally, there's so much going on that it's sometimes hard to keep up, butIgnoranceis a major statement that never feels oversimplified. While she's growing so much with each album that it seems risky to call thisLindeman最好的,这是一个安全的是另一个突出的成就the Weather Station.

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