The Weather Station, All Of It Was Mine

Laura Leebove

By Laura Leebove

Managing Editor
on 09.14.11 in Reviews

As The Weather Station, Tamara Lindeman writes introspective folksongs guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings. The album’s cover — Lindeman standing in front of trees reflected in a window — looks like it could’ve been made decades ago, and it’s fitting for her music. With no mention of time periods or events, her songs are strictly built on emotions and interactions, complemented by self-aware observations and warm imagery.

Gorgeous, timeless folksongs

Opening track “Everything I Saw” has references to homemade bread and freshly dug-up carrots, muddy streetlights and see-through cotton skirts; in “Traveller,” about feeling like a stranger in a familiar place, there’s chipped paint on a brick and snow to brush off a jacket. “Came So Easy” mentions quiet evenings in the kitchen and ants pillaging in a single-file line, as Lindeman sings gently about being startled and caught off-guard by a new love, shifting from wincing at “sugar-sweetness” to being tongue-tied and restless.

All Of It Was Mine channels both folk music’s early trailblazers and Lindeman’s own contemporaries. The smoky soprano in “Know It To See It” is an obvious nod to Joni Mitchell, while the reedier alto in parts of “Traveller” sound more like Laura Marling. The music is mostly acoustic fingerpicked guitars and subdued banjo, with occasional tambourine and a couple bluesy bouts of reverb. It’s simple and honest with no frills — sure to hold up through another few decades.