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08 February 2004

Bourbon Princess, Black Feather Wings (Accurate)
Monique Ortiz picks up the remaining members of Morphine (Dana Colley and Jerome Deupree) along with multi instrumentalist Jim Moran and puts together an album that sounds well... a lot like Morphine. However, that's not a bad thing at all, and Ortiz actually betters the ghost of Mark Sandman by delivering the next best album Morphine never made (their best was Cure for Pain). Ortiz paints a dark and poetic picture of city life and relationships, sometimes bringing to mind Patti Smith but overall claiming her voice as her own. A very interesting release that should delight old Morphine fans while catching a lot of new ones along the way. "Stretcher" and "Jerkoff" are among the album's many highlights.
      — Jason Thompson

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