Under One Roof: Singles & Oddities

by Barbara Manning

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about

Barbara Manning is a modest genius. She has spent the better part of her musical career sharing the spotlight in various bands: 28th Day, World of Pooh, and as bandleader of the SF Seals. But it's as a solo artist, like on the miniaturist masterpiece One Perfect Green Blanket and also on 1212, where she has shown the full extent of her gifts. This compilation of singles and one-offs gives diehard fans an opportunity to have all of Manning's far-flung work on one album. For the uninitiated, it gives an overview of an eccentric indie internationalist with a penchant for New Zealand jangle-pop, British punk, and neopsychedelia. With her plainspoken delivery and skillful guitar playing, Manning brings a rough-hewn beauty to the 18 songs on Under One Roof. The six self-penned tunes are the nuggets here, with "Haze Is Free" and "Being Cheated" being standouts. The 12 covers include songs by the Verlaines, Robert Scott of the Bats, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants. The Celtic-tinged version of Paul McCartney's "Don't Let It Get You Down" and Jackson Brown's "Baby We're in Love" are the only two stumbles. This collection ends with Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, Manning, and friends on the shambling "I Can't Watch You Play Drums," a celebration of camaraderie by and for music geeks everywhere. - Nate Lippens, The Stranger

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released July 16, 2003

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