Review of Lynn Teeter Flower Album by Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor
Lynn Teeter Flower
Album Review

Maria Taylor Lynn Teeter Flower Album

Maria Taylor left the band Azure Ray to release 2005's 11:11, where her sweet, grown-up voice added a lovely lilt to what was a promising set of songs. So often, an artist who is 'one to watch' then goes on to disappoint. But Lynn Teeter Flower continues the evolution nicely. Like a mix of Sarah McLachlan and Alanis Morisette, the songs are given real, solid depth by her excellent intonation and storytelling. It doesn't take much of a listen to fall for the whole approach - the delicate layering of tasteful guitar, organ and harmonies contrasting nicely with a Gemma Hayes-like attack on some tracks.

If there is a parallel, Lynn Teeter Flower deeply resembles the disarmingly hypnotic spell of a Gemma Hayes album. And that is a great recommendation - this is a wonderful album, a whole step on from her solo debut (especially if you edit out the odd Irish Goodbye). Staying well away from the 'quirky-is-good' rubbish that characterises so many female singer-songwriters today, this shows that real talent can play with a straight bat and still make great music.


Mike Rea

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