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Meredith Bragg

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(The Kora; US: 19 Jul 2011; UK: 19 Jul 2011)

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Virginia-based singer-songwriter Meredith Bragg’s fourth release dashes any hopes one might have of simply labeling Bragg as a chamber-pop artist or, in fact, finding any tag that might easily isolate the vastly gifted musician. Opening with the spacey, dance-y “Second Golden Age” and closing a merciful 30-some minutes later with the gentle “Waltz No.3”, Nest is laced with gems, such as the eerie “Arrowstock”, arena-ready throb rock (think: Arcade Fire) of “Birds Of North America” and the elegant simplicity of “Next Time”. Bragg’s best work is still ahead of him, though with each successive release he makes impressive strides toward perfecting his unique vision.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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