A veteran of the New York underground scene, Samara Lubelski has been involved in a number of innovative musical ventures. As a member of both Tower Recordings and Hall of Fame, she has ventured into some deeply psychedelic waters. She?s also engineered a number of amazing albums at the Rare Book Room, including the marvellous ?Halve Maen? by fellow New Yorkers Double Leopards. When Lubelksi is left to her own devices and ventures out solo, she allows her inner chanteuse to be released. The results are always both surprising and satisfying.
?Spectacular of Passages? continues down the same path as her debut, ?The Fleeting Skies.? Intricate guitar passages, free of cumbersome effects, are coupled with Lubelski?s honey-sweet voice and flourishes provided by a host of talented guests. Each of the ten songs featured on this release is a perfectly crafted gem, exuding a rare beauty. The music is wonderful and infectious, the crafty melodies and varied instrumentation ? whether horns, strings or analog electric piano ? will keep you guessing as to what?s coming next.
Samara Lubelski has already proven that she?s a remarkable musician and a magnificent songwriter. ?Spectacular of Passages? isn?t simply a restatement of the facts, it?s another chapter of an ever-evolving epic. Highly recommended. 8/10 -- Bryon Hayes (27 June, 2006)