lisa germano / magic neighbor review

spin magazine / david beavan

her touch remains as delicate as ever....

David Beavan / Spin Magazine


October 2009


Three songs into Lisa Germano’s eighth album, as an unfussy guitar line
gives way to a winsome waltz led by her own violin, she sings the
realization “That the world could be so simple.” Of course, Germano has long
since realized that it’s anything but, so she proceeds to rasp devastating
lines about “turning families into target practice” (on the title track)
while wrapping her grave words with filigrees of piano and chimes. Little
has changed since her mid-90’s 4AD heyday, but instrumental bagatelles like
“Marypan” and “Kitty Train” reveal that her touch remains as delicate as