Boomkat Product Review:
Wisconsin-based songwriter Stephanie Dosen can boast being featured on an episode of Dawson' Creek. Given that it's been several years since that show was in production, Ms. Dosen must have been plying her trade for a while now, but good for Bella Union for snapping her up for their 2007 release roster. The music here is near unfathomably luscious in terms of its production, arrangement and most significantly Dosen's own vocal delivery, which is so effortlessly even and breathily emotive it's almost too much to take at times. It's probably worth pointing out that as Bella Union releases go, A Lily For the Spectre is certainly at the more commercial end of the scale. This is singer/songwriter fare at its most polished and confident, and although Dosen's lyrical preoccupations seem to align with the ghoulish tendencies of Marissa Nadler ('Death & The Maiden', 'Owl In The Dark'... and then of course there's the album title itself), these songs are far more extrovert and come packaged with an orchestra's worth of additional musicians. However, it's that incredible voice that shines through on this record, and stands out a mile from all the string ensembles and additional performers. Gorgeous.