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Rebecca Schiffman

Rebecca Schiffman: Upside Down LacrimosaUpside Down Lacrimosa (2003)
Some Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: MeganMegan
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I like female singers. I think that a lot of times, the emotions that a woman can convey with her voice are far more powerful than that of a male vocalist. That being said, I'm especially hard on female artists because I hold very high standards. Rebecca Schiffman, to me, just sounds like a water.
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I like female singers. I think that a lot of times, the emotions that a woman can convey with her voice are far more powerful than that of a male vocalist. That being said, I'm especially hard on female artists because I hold very high standards. Rebecca Schiffman, to me, just sounds like a watered-down Juliana Hatfield. Her debut CD came out September 23 on Some Records. The album is titled "Upside Down Lacrimosa." Schiffman's voice is monotone and boring. My goodness, Bijou Phillips released a better CD than this. The lyrics are sweet, but the vocals are so low that they're hard to make out a lot of the time. News flash: just because you're in art school, doesn't mean you need to put out an album.

Well, now that all that's out of my system, you can go to the bottom and continue the usual "man this bitch needs to die" comments, or you can read the things about this album that are keeping me from using it as a coaster.
1. Although all the songs blend together, at least sometimes they're bouncy. Maybe, instead of saying they all blend together, we'll say they flow, so that it's a positive, not a negative
2. It's a no muss-no fuss bare bones recording, which is somewhat refreshing
3. "Warning to a Talented Violinist" is a good song ("The Long Ride Home" is not)
4. The songs are short and sweet
5. The way that she came up with the title of the album is fairly interesting: she played the beginning of Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem, turned it upside down, and played it. The track appears on the CD, which is fun.

Unfortunately, the blandness of this CD overshadows the potential. The emotionless vocals aren't astounding, the melodies are bouncy, but not very catchy. At least the 14 tracks only last 34 minutes.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
megan (September 29, 2003)

I hate you more Jesse. if I could give you a -9823 score, I would

mar310 (September 29, 2003)

i generally don't like female singers.... in general, they just aren't as good as male singers. except the singer from pretty girls make graves, she's good. this score is for her.

Jesse (September 28, 2003)

I hate Megan. Especially when she lets me sleep on her floor. That jerk.

ElVaquero (September 28, 2003)

um, dude, she is pn.o staff. dumbass.

-el vaquero
pndoto!

i-type-poorly (September 28, 2003)

"The only question that matters: is she hot?"
hahahaha, so true

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

Listen, if I spent an hour shitting on your doorstep, would you not be pissed because I "took time out of my day" to do it?

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

Dude, one guy ragged on her. You pompous cock.

Edgie (September 27, 2003)

You know, with the way you cocks piss on any reviewer who submits anything, I'm surprised anyone but the punknews staff puts up reviews. Megan took the time out of her day to write up a review on a CD, and all you fucking kids can do is sit there and rag on her? Get real. Where's your fucking reviews?

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

haha

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

"Her debut CD came out September 23 on Some Records. The album is titled “Upside Down Lacrimosa.” Schiffman’s voice is monotone and boring."
Brilliant journalism, no?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

I haven't heard this Cd yet.

Does Walter from from Rival Schools play on it?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

After seeing her other pics, the ones not on the Flash page of Some Records, I'd like to remove my previous comment. She is not hot, and I will patiently await the arrival of Denali's "The Instinct", featuring THEE hottest girl in indie music, Maura Davis.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Hot damn, she is hot after all! I'll just buy the damn thing and jack off over her pictures in the liner notes... because Some can afford to put pics in their liner notes, right?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

she probably gets more pussy than me...

Manman (September 26, 2003)

Wow, she was funny. Her satires of the "punk"-rock community were dead on. I love the first one where she says, "..they all live at home and eat their parents' food.." Wow, she has got something going on.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Man, if she was hot, I'd totally like her music, no matter what.

-Justin

Jesse (September 26, 2003)

Dude, this must've been reviewd by the stupidest guy ever. I hate him. Rebecca Hatfield is the greatest new artist there is. her vocals are not only seductive, but sultry in an "emo" sort of way. This girl is my pop-punk princess. Dude, totally.

Love ya Megan.

FortyMinutesWest (September 26, 2003)

Next week my friend, next week

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

where's the Street Dogs review?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

The only question that matters: is she hot?

inagreendase (September 26, 2003)

You mean she turned the sheet of paper with the music notes and bars and shit upside down and played it, right? Otherwise what the fuck are you talking about?

TahoeJeff (September 26, 2003)

man this bitch needs to die

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