Boomkat Product Review:
Thalia Zedek's second album for Thrill Jockey finds the ex-Come frontwoman in fine voice and backed by a band who know just how to present her songs. David Michael Curry for instance, makes a sizable contribution to the sound of Liars & Prayers, providing some necessary dramatic counterpoint to Zedek's voice with trumpet and moreover viola. When she was touring her previous album (with the unwieldy title Trust Not Those In Whom Without Some Touch Of Madness) Zedek somehow found herself having been responsible for what The Wire magazine declared one of the top 100 live shows of all time. It's hard to say exactly what that accolade's worth, but the finely spun melancholy of Liars & Prayers is undoubtedly a winning formula, sounding a little like a darker, gloomier Kristin Hersh or perhaps even a less frightening Carla Bozulich, with an array of songs that by turns conjure up classy gothic balladeering ('Circa The End') or wrench out glorious plumes of distortion ('Stars').