Fair or not, the comparison can be made when listening to Thaoï¿½s We Brave Bee Stings and All. The voice is a dead ringer for Marshallï¿½s, so much so that the similarity is impossible to ignore. But the comparison ends there. Thaoï¿½s playfulness and instrumentation give her music a depth of its own. Sometimes itï¿½s catchy piano riffs and other times itï¿½s spastic banjos plowing along as Thaoï¿½s voice skips to keep up.
Her songs are filled with the depth of high school poetry, their subjects ranging from heartbreak to problems with geography to trouble at summer camp, but her mature voice gives these silly little problems a serious outlet. Thao pulls deep feelings from the most trite subjects and makes it really, really important. Itï¿½s the kind of emotion that 17-year-old girls spend the rest of their lives trying to get past.
We Brave Bee Stings and All is the perfect name for an album that is bold in its silliness and brings real emotions to the table. This grown-up sensibility mixed with youthful innocence makes Thao stand out on her own. Once the word gets out, sheï¿½s the one others will be compared to.
We Brave Bee Stings and All
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