Toronto singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman’s newest self-titled release with her band The Weather Station takes a change of pace when compared to previous outings. The lyrics give the word “thoughtful” a whole new meaning. While it’s no question that Lindeman is truly a gifted songwriter, the themes of The Weather Station come across in such a realistic and understandable way because her word choices are so relatable. The every-day situations she writes about are so simple and elegant and not overthought at all, something that most musicians struggle with.
The eleven-track album is currently featured on NPR Music’s First Listen series, and one way to describe the shift in mood between past and present work is the fact that these songs seem much more “urgent.” Lindeman calls this her “rock and roll album,” but not for the typical way that you’d think. This album isn’t heavy in the literal, auditory sense – they’re emotionally heavy. But Lindeman does a great job of channeling all of this extra and raw emotion into something truly understatedly beautiful.
The Joni Mitchell-esque vibe that this album conveys channels that same “fluidity and flow of words that are complicated but sound effortless,” and that’s not an easy task to fulfill.