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(a)spera

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Released  March 10, 2009
Release date  10 March 2009
Genres  Indie rock, Chamber pop
Artist  Mirah
Label  K Records
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(a)spera is the fourth studio album from Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter Mirah, released on March 10, 2009. Produced by Phil Elverum, it met with a largely positive reception from music critics. According to PopMatters about the album, "The musical marriage of Mirah and Elvrum is one of those rare perfect meeting of the minds—Jay-Z and Kanye, Butch Vig and Kurt Cobain, Phil Spector and… basically anyone who can sing.

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Production, release

(a)spera was the first album after a four-year hiatus by Mirah, after time spent working on collaborations and remixes of previous albums. Phil Elverum produced and engineered the album, as with many of her previous releases. It was released on March 10, 2009, on Portland label K Records.

Reception

The track received positive reviews, including 4/5 stars from Allmusic, a positive review in Dusted Magazine, 7.8/10 by Pitchfork Media, 8/10 by PopMatters, and 3.5/5 stars from Spin.

According to PopMatters, "The musical marriage of Mirah and Elvrum is one of those rare perfect meeting of the minds—Jay-Z and Kanye, Butch Vig and Kurt Cobain, Phil Spector and… basically anyone who can sing. One could easily imagine Mirah being just another songwriter, singing turgid ballads about loneliness over an acoustic guitar (and indeed there is the occasional disturbing flash of this in her work), but through the intelligent production of Elvrum, and indeed, some of the other producers on (a)spera, she is able to set her thoughts upon soaring mountains of musical genius."

Track listing

All tracks written by Mirah, except where noted.

Personnel

Songwriting, etc.
  • Mirah - vocals, songwriting, etc.
  • Christopher Doulgeris – Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Producer, Organ (Pump), Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
  • Production
  • Phil Elverum – Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Piano, Cymbals, Organ (Hammond),
  • Bryce Panic – Producer, Percussion, Bongos, Drums, Vocals, Kalimba, Bells, Claves, Vibraphone, Hi Hat
  • Tucker Martine – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Kane Mathis – Producer, Kora
  • Adam Selzer – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Barry Corliss – Mastering
  • Liz Haley – Photography, Cover Collage
  • Instrumentals
  • Jef Brown – Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
  • Chris Funk – Dobro, Mandolin, Celeste, Hurdygurdy, Dulcimer (Hammer)
  • Lori Goldston – Cello
  • Cory Gray – Trumpet
  • Radio Sloan – Guitar
  • Doug Jenkins – Cello
  • Robert Andrew Jones – Double Bass
  • Emily Kingan – Caixa
  • Justin Mackovich – Violin
  • Lisa Molinaro – Viola
  • Cynthia Nelson – Flute
  • Tara Jane O'Neil – Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Bass)
  • Toussaint Perrault – Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
  • Mehmet "Memo" Vurkaç – Caixa, Pandeiro, Repique, Surdo
  • Songs

    1Generosity3:44
    2The World Is Falling5:00
    3Education5:18

    References

    (a)spera Wikipedia


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