Lisa Germano | ReviewGermano has purposed these 12 tunes to beguile and appall Summer '06
In the Maybe World
This is album number seven over a 15 year solo recording career for this former 4AD chanteuse and John Mellencamp protégé. Germano has never been in step with the fickle world of pop trends. With acerbic and ambiguous wit, and gently charming melodies (wrapped in sufficient surprises and dissonance) she has created a little-changing, haunting vision of a world in which beauty tangos relentlessly, inextricably with pain; Germano has kept grasping for felicity forever just beyond her reach. While she has written some memorable songs, her albums never quite captured me prior to 2003's Lullaby for Liquid Pig, which I still believe to be one of that year's best recordings. In the Maybe World is very much its companion piece. Germano has purposed these 12 tunes to beguile and appall. Light and lilting lullabies are threaded with muted shrieks, over-driven keyboards, and ethereally pensive vocals. While no single song here carries the heft of the best from Liquid Pig ‹ save, perhaps, the disturbingly lovely 'Into Oblivion' ‹ neither is this record weighted with filler. And with many songs clocking in under the two minute mark, Germano allows things to work their magic without overstaying their welcome.