Over the course of ten inertly different tracks, Violet establish
themselves as a band that's almost defiantly difficult to categorize. Beginning with the opening "My Blue Son", with its haunting vocals and admittedly Nick
Drake-influenced style, Violet hops energetically between genres. It works beautifully.
Mainly an acoustic album, We Both
Know It's Out There is a blend of all that is great about simplicity and
quietness. "If Only I Could" wanders down the road of a Celtic-style lullaby,
while "Amber Falling" delivers blues a la the Cowboy Junkies.
This is not to say that Violet don't take chances with straight-ahead
rock; they do so on the rollicking "Undercurrent" with an aggressiveness that's
hard to match.
Vocalist Meredith Minogue has a voice that is soft and lilting, yet not
remotely weak. Her delivery is striking,similar in style to Emmylou Harris
or Chrissie Hynde: powerful at the right moments, but never too soon. On the
aforementioned "Undercurrent", Minogue could be an understudy for Hynde,
delivering the same swaggering, womanly attitude when it's needed most.
We Both Know... was also blessed with loving production. Violet
managed to snag Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Helium) to put his special touch on
the album, and as a result the sound is full and clear. Lasus seems to have
worked with admirable restraint, allowing for beautiful production without
sacrificing the music's intimate feel. In essence, that's what We Both
Know... is: a personal, straightforward album.
While We Both Know It's Out There won't hit you in any specific way, it shows the band at
their best. For an avid new music listener, it will
provide many tracks for a variety of mix tapes -- a song for every mood, if you