(2005) Safer Here

Dawn Smithson

... read moreWith the roots that once firmly entrenched her in Jessamine shorn and withered, Dawn Smithson steps out on her own and creates a quiet, contemplative song cycle with Safer Here, a shocking but welcome transition from the clinical mayhem she created with Jessamine to the warm, isolated nature of home...

39′:18″ 9 Songs

1
Dawn Smithson
Safer Here
4:49
2
Dawn Smithson
Somewhere Far
4:41
3
Dawn Smithson
Nowhere Near
5:37
4
Dawn Smithson
Ticking Aways
3:20
5
Dawn Smithson
Speak Through Me
4:42
6
Dawn Smithson
How Thoughtless
4:13
7
Dawn Smithson
Letter To The Empire
3:37
8
Dawn Smithson
A New Day
4:55
9
Dawn Smithson
Crossroads
3:24
Released 10 October 2005, ℗ kranky

Review

With the roots that once firmly entrenched her in Jessamine shorn and withered, Dawn Smithson steps out on her own and creates a quiet, contemplative song cycle with Safer Here, a shocking but welcome transition from the clinical mayhem she created with Jessamine to the warm, isolated nature of home recording. And by the very nature and premise of home recording, the songs are skeletal and barren, stripped of everything and leaving only confessions and honest contemplation for the world to hear. The minimal amount of gloss and instrumentation only brings to the forefront the importance of every note and nuance found throughout. An impressive solo endeavor, but here's hoping that the world won't have to endure another six years of Smithson's isolationism before the arrival of a follow-up. ~ Rob Theakston