Lisa Germano | ReviewIf you donÂ’t buy this record, you are stupid. 1996
Excerpts from a Love Circus
For anyone who has ever had their heart broken and wallowed in their own insecurities, I recommend saddling up next to a stereo with a bottle of booze and the soon-to-be-released Lisa germano record, Excerpts from a Love Circus. From the first notes of “Baby on the Plane” to the closing number, “Big Big World,” this record sounds absolutely sad in the most beautiful way; compelling way. She often revels in a state of hopelessness with verses like “pretty lonely ugly woman getting mail from you. Pretty lucky. Are you real or am I simply ugly, ugly?” It isn’t just the words themselves that sound so, well, sad. It’s the way you can hear every breath she takes between phrases. Her vice sounds so close and so huge, as if she were hiding half drunk in your ventilation system. Much of the credit for the way this record sounds undoubtedly goes to Paul Mahern. This is the most natural sounding recording I have ever heard Mr. Mahern do, and that says a lot considering h has produced just about every great band from this town. The widely varied instrumentation sounds so real, you don’t want to get up from you couch for fear that you will trip and fall into the string section of “Big Big World,” causing some musical disaster. It is absolutely no surprise that the music on this record comes off so magnificently, considering that some of Bloomington ’s finest players created it. Along with the talents of Germano and Mahern, we get Kenny Aronoff (Mellencamp’s band), the Hicks brothers (El Nino), Mar Maher (Chosen Few), Josh Silbert (Johnny Socko), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), and John Strohm (Hello Strangers), just to name a few. There are also several appearances by a cat named Miamo-tutti. This helps to further create a picture of loneliness. Miamo-tutti and Lisa Germano in a lonely room, each trying to be a comfort to the other.