14 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Emily Wells’ fourth studio album plows through almost as many musical genres as it does musical instruments. Beautiful Sleepyhead and the Laughing Yaks treads confidently through folk, baroque pop, world, rock, Americana, and jazz. Wells also utilizes a plethora of instruments here, though right from the opening “Mt. Washington,” her breathy and bewitching voice proves to be the most salient one. Where she inflects like Feist in “Mt. Washington,” her haunting trill in “50 Year Love Affair” is more similar to Marissa Nadler’s spectral inflections. “Fountain of Youth” boasts doubled vocals that hover above the notes of a distant pump-organ as a brushed snare-drum keeps time, but it’s the string arrangements in this one that stand out, sounding weird and fantastical as if they were arranged by George Martin in the late ‘60s at Abbey Road. Of course no wistful siren song would be complete without a playful glockenspiel, which shows up at the end of the tune. “Dr. Hubris and His Vile of Turpentine” makes good on a banjo to bestow a gorgeous pop song enveloped in bluegrass trimmings.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Emily Wells’ fourth studio album plows through almost as many musical genres as it does musical instruments. Beautiful Sleepyhead and the Laughing Yaks treads confidently through folk, baroque pop, world, rock, Americana, and jazz. Wells also utilizes a plethora of instruments here, though right from the opening “Mt. Washington,” her breathy and bewitching voice proves to be the most salient one. Where she inflects like Feist in “Mt. Washington,” her haunting trill in “50 Year Love Affair” is more similar to Marissa Nadler’s spectral inflections. “Fountain of Youth” boasts doubled vocals that hover above the notes of a distant pump-organ as a brushed snare-drum keeps time, but it’s the string arrangements in this one that stand out, sounding weird and fantastical as if they were arranged by George Martin in the late ‘60s at Abbey Road. Of course no wistful siren song would be complete without a playful glockenspiel, which shows up at the end of the tune. “Dr. Hubris and His Vile of Turpentine” makes good on a banjo to bestow a gorgeous pop song enveloped in bluegrass trimmings.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

MUSIK_KRITIK ,

Favorite records of 07

This is one of my favorites. I found this record by accident, saw it as an iTunes ad on their homepage. I'm usually suspect of all things on the iTunes homepage....it's usually corporate labels in bed with Apple....but as it turns out, this record is GREAT and this artists is INDIE, I mean really indie. Her voice just makes you melt, but a great voice isn't enough. Emily is a real songsmith, just try "50 Year Love Affair" and you will instantly understand her genius.

My favorite records of this year are:

1. The Flying Club Cup -Beirut
2. Loss and Love -Son of the Velvet Rat
3. Beautiful Sleepyhead -Emily Wells
4. Song and Void -Richard McGraw
5. YS Joanna Newsome
6. Smokey Rolls -Devendra Banhart

davidAndre1 ,

Buy This!

Emily is amazing -- her voice, her vibe, her music, her words. She's wise beyond her years, and creative beyond description. Listen -- you'll fall in love...

saritphoto ,

never ceasing to amaze

well, yet again, i'm struck by music so heartfelt and full of freedom and independance, i want nothing more than to celebrate it. i'm a long-time fan of Emily Wells' music, and i encourage anyone with an open mind to listen to someone who has followed her dream with utter abandon. Cheers, Emily!

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