Mirah and Spectratone International
Mirah seems to blend many of the compelling characteristics of her fellow indie songstresses: Jenny Lewis's swaying sweetness on "Community," Shannon Wright's controlled caterwaul on "Song of Psyche" and Joanna Newsom's childish delivery on "Gestation of the Sacred Beetle." In fact, Newsom might be the most consistent sound-alike for "This Place," from the percussive plucking of Kane Mathis's oud (a Middle Eastern string instrument) to Mirah's enchantingly over-pronounced vocabulary. Rather than sounding like a knockoff, though, Mirah captures the insect world with a charming joy, even with such improbable subjects as "Love Song of the Fly" (sung for a human as the critter is dying on flypaper).
-- Catherine P. Lewis
.: Originally published: The Washington Post: 11 January 2008, Page WE08