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  • I highly recommend this album (and artist) to people who have expressed an interest in Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, or Neko Case

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      Let the Ground Know Who’s Standing On Him is the 2004 debut album of American singer/songwriter Anousheh Khalili. The album was a great find via Internet radio service Pandora.com. Running just over a half-hour in length, it takes the listener through a spectrum of emotion with soft piano ballads, intense, dense lyrics, and the occasional accompaniment of percussion and other instruments.

      The album’s opening track is “Modern Genius.” It is one of the faster songs of the album and provides a good cleansing


      to your palette, so to speak. It also whets your ears for what’s to come. A similar track, “Parachutes,” follows.

      The following tracks take a different turn. “Ten Lives” begins as the first truly slow track on the album, though it picks up pace towards the middle. “Fistful of Handshakes,” my favorite song on the album, I claim as the darkest and most mysterious. With a somewhat ominous piano backing, Khalili flexes her vocal muscles while sharing the poetic, “All-in-all, there’s nothing as ...


      • broken as a misshapen word thrown out with nothing left to say,” following with an unfortunate confession: “I’m at the point where I’m barely enough for myself.”

        The following songs return to the softer, less poignant side of the album. The two closing tracks, “The Ending” and “Sleep,” cover what I imagine to be a personal reflection on a past relationship and return the listener to a state of mind in which functioning is possible, respectively.

        The lyrics are solid, poetic, vaguely depressing, and

        largely enigmatic. While I may never fully understand the meaning or anecdote behind these songs, I can appreciate the amount of time, skill, and effort placed in crafting the album. If you’re eager to listen, the artist presently has a few songs from this album, as well as a soft, faster cover of “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins on her MySpace.com profile.

        I highly recommend this album (and artist) to people who have expressed an interest in Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, or Neko Case.




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