Martha Berner and the Significant Others

Fool's Fantasy

by David Maine

8 February 2012

 

A significant number of good tunes

cover art

Martha Berner and the Significant Others

Fool's Fantasy

(Poprock)
US: 13 Dec 2011
UK: 13 Dec 2011

Chicago’s rootsy chateuse Martha Berner possesses a rich, soulful voice which serves her well in her latest offering, Fool’s Fantasy. Opening with jerky cello before a swift segue into bluesy-jam territory, “Fool’s Fantasy” establishes the terrain of the record, both sonically and lyrically. Follow-up “Brave” is the best song here, with its spitfire lyrics and bouncing, throbbing beat; other highlights include the rough-and-tumble “Adore Me II” and the almost industrial backdrop to the otherwise low-key “Some Stay a While.” Berner’s backing band, the Significant Others, is tight throughout, offering a variety of sonic textures that usually complement the song. Not every tune is memorable, though, and the back half of the record flags, with songs like “Irene”, “Never Talked to Oz”, and album closer “Burning Candles” falling into generic singer-songwriter territory. Despite this, Berner has a good voice, a solid band, and a fair number of strong tunes on display here.

Fool's Fantasy

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times.

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Counterbalance: Elvis Costello's 'Imperial Bedroom'

// Sound Affects

"History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

READ the article