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Album Review: How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars by The Weather Station
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Tamara Lindeman’s follow-up to Ignorance can be enjoyed with or without the contextual groundwork of its sister album, for it contains fantastic songs Great albums – truly great albums – often make such an impact on listeners because they are singular, self-contained and entirely unique. Rarely (we’re talking once in a generation here, folks) do artists attempt to follow up truly great albums with ‘companion pieces’, sister albums, or records that were made in the same burst of unbridled creativity as the first. Perhaps your mind might be drawn to Beach House‘s Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars within the space of a few months.
How do you follow up the most celebrated record of your career so far? For the Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman, the answer has been in her back pocket this whole time. Arriving 13 months after year-end-list staple Ignorance, How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars was written at the same time as her acclaimed fifth LP and recorded live off the floor in three days in March 2020. In Lindeman's words, "I think of it almost as the moon to Ignorance's sun, the exhale at the end of the phrase."
How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars is a quiet album.
A day later, the Canadian Prime Minister - speaking from quarantine - announced sweeping new restrictions to limit the spread of Coronavirus. "We entered the studio from one world, and left it into another," said Lindeman of the experience. An ever-astute political and cultural commentator, Lidneman's words on Stars show remarkable - and at times, even chilling - prescience.