Poe's Haunted album is a story, a mood piece, and an incredible musical achievement all in one. With strong, feisty vocals and melodic swings between daring and melancholy, Poe's CD will keep you enchanted play after play.
As Poe tells us in the liner notes, a few years after their father's death, she and her brother found recordings her father had made. Deeply affected by hearing her father's voice again, she listened to the random collection of speeches and "family noise" over and over. She then began sampling the recordings and weaving it into her music.
Haunted is, as its title indicates, a ghostly dialogue between Poe and her late father. Listening to the album from start to finish tells a story, of family dynamics, of a daughter's awe of her father, of dealing with loss. If you're really listening, I guarantee you can't get through "If you were here" without crying. We're on an emotional journey with Poe--as much as it is her story, we can all identify as well.
Aside from the overall tale and eerie tracks of old recordings and desperate answering machine messages, Haunted is a really strong and beautiful and exciting pop/rock album. The title track resonates with emotion and will stick in your head for days. Tracks like "Lemon Meringue" and "5&1/2 Minute Hallway" are quirky and fun. "Not a Virgin" is a bold and hilarious snark, while the driving "Wild" reminds me of a good, throaty Garbage song.
Buy this album and you won't be disappointed. It rocks, it amuses, and gets deeply poignant. Just an amazing project. My only regret is that Poe hasn't recorded anything since.