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Salt On Sea Glass by If by Yes

If by Yes

Salt On Sea Glass

Release Date: Mar 22, 2011

Genre(s): Pop/Rock

Record label: Chimera Music

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Album Review: Salt On Sea Glass by If by Yes

Exceptionally Good, Based on 3 Critics

Rolling Stone - 100
Based on rating 5/5

Petra Haden is known for mad-brilliant covers (Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," the entire The Who Sell Out LP) in which she replicates each instrumental part using only her voice. On this long-brewing project with ex-Cibo Matto sound scientist Yuka Honda, she uses her soprano more conventionally but still makes magic, mixing feathery, Minnie Riperton-style soul singing with wind chimes, Fender Rhodes, and other trip-hoppy atmospherics (including guitar colors by Wilco's Nels Cline.) On "Eliza," a duet with David Byrne, she sings elliptically about a girl who is "big and strong." But elsewhere, her swirling, untranslatable phonemes suggest a goddess who rules the cosmos. Listen to "Eliza": Gallery: Random Notes, Rock's Hottest Photos .

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PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10

If By Yes is the product of two major-label bands that were also-rans in the great 1990s alternative rock sweepstakes. Vocalist Petra Haden was a member of That Dog (more properly known as that dog. ) and had a minor career afterwards by covering The Who Sell Out in its entirety, right down to its fake commericals.

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The New York Times
Opinion: Excellent

BRITNEY SPEARS “Femme Fatale” (Jive) There’s something irretrievably last-decade about Britney Spears, once the bionic princess of the pure pop revival and now a relic of quainter times. For today’s female stars, pop is the medium, but the modes of delivery are convoluted, even counterintuitive: Lady Gaga’s moody, dizzying performance art; Kesha’s wastoid slacker rap; even Katy Perry’s doe-eyed stumbles toward complexity. Ms.

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