One of the most creative and intellectual of today’s songsmiths … [MOPL is] a unique and thought-provoking album.
I did not start seriously writing lyrics until I was in my thirties, at which time the endeavor became the centerpiece of my life. Following are a few of the lyrics that are never absent from my head very long. There are probably hundreds more.
Now the 2020s have Lorraine Feather’s My Own Particular Life—an artistic statement about a cultural moment that is part Mary’s monster, part Percy’s demigod, as befits our apocalyptic age. This is thunderous musical performance and masterful collaboration at its highest level, guided by lyrics that are the first real literary appraisal of love in the time of pandemia.
[Lorraine Feather] didn’t let a pandemic get in the way of recording the latest in the series of her artistically consistent, distinctive, professionally produced and wry discography of odd observations and very personal experiences … haunting … remarkable … beautiful.”
Her vocal approach defies tradition, and her new album out today, My Own Particular Life, is no exception. It’s a tapestry of painful and joyous lifetime recollections layered together with engaging music and arranging by her collaborators. She uses a sing-talk narrative style that has a Kurt Weill, storytelling feel. In this regard, the album has the sound of an intimate soundtrack, and in some ways, it is.
My Own Particular Life is singer/songwriter Lorraine Feather’s latest epic addition to her prolific library. Her intricately woven pieces of life are again as engaging as ever, with words and notes working together to create wonderfully original musical short stories … Another truly fantastic recording by Feather and all involved.
Zany observations … a conversational ease … suggests Dave Frishberg in double time, mixed with the antic playfulness of Jon Hendricks.
Stunning complexities … tricky inner rhymes, offbeat stories … astonishing vocal dexterity.
Great jazz lyricists are not easy to find … Feather can turn a phrase with the best of them. Her nimble style does justice to both melody and lyrics.
Her stuff glitters and gleams and makes you think of Dorothy Parker or Norah Ephron … Feather’s voice is intimate and agile … her words witty, nostalgic, critical, fanciful, bitchy and romantic by turns.
Energetic, enchanting, and exceptional … She’s utterly comfortable and confident … sings her meticulous, clever poetry in a silvery, light voice.
What can be said that hasn’t already been said of Lorraine Feather? A pop and fizz worthy of Annie Ross at the height of her vocalese powers … pure genius.
Intricate and intelligent … her delivery easy but never facile … Lorraine Feather’s voice, lyrics, and original point of view measure up to her roots.
Easily one of the most creative lyricists of her generation … Feather’s skills as an actress and her infectious, versatile voice add to her appeal.
A natural storyteller … delivering her clever verbal conceits with marvelous clarity.
To simply call her a singer, detracts from what truly sets her apart … her ability to put into words the small and profound incongruities of life.
She shares a remarkable skill with Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Ira Gershwin … but Feather goes a different direction with her talents … twisted humor … a nouveau bebop sound …
What a joy, what a delight … surprise-filled lyrics …[her songs] seem to shimmer between past and present …
͞Emotional, sardonic, hilariously poignant and piquant …The lyrics are evocative and deeply imbued with her edgy trademarks …
Lorraine Feather is that rare artist who can make time stand still … She could very well be the O. Henry of jazz.
Brooding, dark, mournful and fun … that Feather has hit her full musical maturity is beyond question; that she has hit her peak is still in doubt.
Very strange and marvelous … [her] vocal control is breathtaking …Feather passionately shows that what we conceal reveals more than what we display.
Paints imaginative word pictures that are rhythmically complex, yet as clear as her voice.
Fierce wit and literacy … probably the most unusual singer in America, [and] the most underrated musical figure around.
Finds the sweet spot where Kurt Weil, jazz period Joni Mitchell and Dave Frishberg might have collaborated … simply a mind-blower.
A hip, happening, very unusual approach to jazz … wonderfully offbeat.
Much more than a mere jazz singer … one of the most exceptional lyric-writers of our day, a sort of hipper, post-modern Lorenz Hart.
Remarkable. The songs conform abstract thought into song … ingenious vocal acrobatics.
She’s one courageous writer. She executes this high-wire act without a net and lands on her feet every time.
The most skillful of the new crop of lyricists … her work blooms and stands out from the rest.
More than any other contemporary singer or songwriter, Lorraine Feather has captured the heart and soul of the contemporary “I”.