Boomkat Product Review:
When Judee Sill died from a heroin overdose in 1979 she left behind a fleeting musical legacy which amounted to two blistering LP's and an unreleased archive of material intended for her third album. Bringing together these eight unheard songs (freshly mixed by Jim O'Rourke) and a whole host of rarities, this gorgeously packaged 2 disc set from Water also comes with a full-fat 72 page booklet featuring extensive biogs, interviews with friends and family, archive photography and all manner of juicy tit-bits. With a sound that is deceptively breezy, Sill takes elements of West-coast pop, folk and Americana then blends it into an unfeasibly catchy selection of songs which in no way belie their 26 years of storage. Opening with the insistent piano and staccato rhythms of 'That's the Spirit', Sill sings "please lead me in the direction of my own resurrection" over some fantastically realised time-signature changes which sees the song resembling something from a Hollywood musical... sans the cloying saccharine of course. Similarly, both 'Things Are Looking Up' and 'Last Resort' are locomotive slices of pure pop gold, whilst 'Til Dreams Come True' reveal an emotionally bruised predilection that invites you to project your own outlook onto the piano etched solipsism. Elsewhere, a flurry of studio demos show just how consummately realised many of these pieces were at inception, whilst the 'Lost Songs' disc flits between shimmering pop ('Sunny Side Up Luck') and honky-tonk experimentalism ('Dead Time Bummer Blues') with enviably ease. An amazing package - limited and massively recommended.