Release Date: May 4, 2004
Record label: K Records
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Singer-Songwriter
A much quieter and more thoughtful album than any of her previous releases, Mirah's C'Mon Miracle doesn't grab the listener by the ears and boldly proclaim its greatness the way that her last album, Advisory Committee, did. Instead of offering the scattershot brilliance of that album or You Think It's Like This but It's Really Like This, C'Mon Miracle is more focused, more mature, and closer to a traditional singer/songwriter's work. This doesn't mean that it's conventional or boring though -- far from it.
Mirah ticks a lot of female singer-songwriter boxes: her voice is impassioned, mellifluous and lilting; her acoustic guitar ebbs and flows, embellished with violin and piano, occasionally attacked by squalls of electric sound. Unfortunately, the box with the biggest tick is the one marked earnestness. You can sense her brow furrowing as she sings of "lessons we should learn from all the fighting in days of old" in Jerusalem.
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn is worthy of adoration. The demure, blithe Philadelphia-based singer and songwriter (she recently moved back home from Olympia) possesses a gorgeously girlish soprano, which befits her lyrical sensibilities, although she employs it at times for less than pure ends. Also, while her gentle, personable debut, You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This, may have included a few underdeveloped tunes, and the adventurous production of its successor Advisory Committee sometimes worked at cross-purposes to the songs themselves, Mirah's first two albums are remarkably charming collections of quasi-folk with some exquisite songwriting.