Mary Margaret O'Hara Apartment Hunting
Published Apr 01, 2002Eccentric Canadian troubadour Mary Margaret OHara returns with her first recording since 1991s Christmas EP, and her first proper full-length since her worldwide smash, 1988s Miss America and shes trying to slide it in under the radar, since its the soundtrack to a small Canadian film that played in theatres for about 30 seconds last summer. Though there are song contributions from the films writer/director Bill Robertson, and a track from Klave Y Kongo, this is Mary Margarets show and its a stunner. Her voice has deepened and matured in the ensuing dozen or so years, and while the album opens with her take on a bluesy diva, it doesnt take long before her unique personality begins to spit and polish these compositions into her own distinct shape. Recorded on the fly in a haphazard basement studio with a variety of Toronto guest musicians stopping by, Apartment Hunting seems a perfect return for her. The pressures for her to follow up Miss America are huge and constant; with this, shes managed a beautiful song cycle that she can also separate from herself, since its narrative serves the film she also has a role in it as singer Homeless Helen. Though she was apparently reluctant to even allow the soundtrack to be released on CD, it is being quietly released very much under the radar. And since currently circulating copies are individually numbered, this may be an extremely limited run, so nab one now while you can.