CD REVIEW: Myopia by Rachael Sage
Released on the 19th of October, Rachael Sage’s 13th album ‘Myopia’ is a real success. The release, which takes the listener on a journey of love, loss, politics, and finally optimism raises a multitude of emotions and thoughts.
‘Myopia’ sees Sage take a step away from her piano and instead focus on her guitar playing with contributions from the Hoboken based guitarist James Mastro. ‘Alive’, the first song of the album, is the perfect track to welcome in a whole new era for this NYC based multi-instrumentalist. Featuring Sage’s characteristically smooth vocals, the track speaks of new beginnings and fresh starts, sentiments shown musically through sweeping ascending phrases and a buoyant accompaniment.
‘Spark’ focuses on the excitement and in trepidation of initial attraction, whilst the albums eponymous track uses myopia (an eye condition) as a metaphor for the detrimental effect that a bigoted outlook has on society.
The album is not without its political messages, ‘Snowed In’ taps into the fear surrounding Edward Snowden and his relationship with Wiki-Leaks, and ‘Maybe She’ll Have Cats’ works to debunk the socially regressive stereotype of the ‘cat lady’.
Now we reach the end of the album, ‘Tomorrow’, a track that encourages a positive outlook for what is yet to come, and a 20th anniversary version of ‘Sistersong’ (a song about Sage’s own bisexuality) close out a superb musical offering.
‘Myopia’ highlights Sage’s talents as a musician and her dexterity as a lyricist. She navigates difficult subject matter deftly with sensitivity and compassion, and most importantly leaves us with optimism for the future – which is no mean feat these days.
From the brooding dispatches of its title track to the hollow-point harmonies of “Heaven is …