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"Album Review"

Publish Date: 26-Aug-2004
Marnie Mains (Independent)

"You captivate my awkward state," Marnie Mains sings in "Ferris Wheel". Fortunately Mains, who has been kicking around the local coffeehouse circuit for a few years now, is past her awkward stage when it comes to recording. Her debut full-length is the work of a confident, experienced artist who, along with her producers, is willing to take chances. Horns and handclaps add a mariachi flavour to the ode to alcohol "Liquid Nurse", and some heavy guitar rocks up "Don't Turn the Light On". Mains even sounds like she's paying tribute to Pretty on the Insideera Hole with some Courtney Lovestyle distorted vocals on the song "Beautiful on the Inside". Thanks to smart arrangements and Mains's sassy, sometimes vinegary voice, the disc rarely falls prey to the boring sameness that afflicts a lot of singer-songwriter efforts. The only thing missing is that one elusive kick-ass track that would make Marnie Mains really stand out, although "Stood Up" comes close.

Shawn Conner - Georgia Straight

"Album Review"

Publish Date: 24-Sept-2004
Marnie Mains (Independent)

As the story goes, Marnie Mains once had a boyfriend who refused to teach her how to play her guitar. So she dumped him and taught herself, becoming yet another singer/songwriter chick in the process. She’s better than most. Evidently a lover of words, the White Rock native paints a lot of pictures, mostly about relationships, mostly about wanting ‘em and losing ‘em. “Beautiful on the Inside” is typical of her smart and sassy style. She owes a lot to producer Stefan Sigerson who expanded and toughened up much of the material. A little star making machinery could do wonders here.

John P. McLaughlin

- Vancouver Province

"Album Review"

Publish Date : 26-Nov-2004
Marnie Mains (Independent)

Marnie Mains's self-titled debut album is simply beautiful. The Vancouver singer/songwriter has an angelic voice similar to the likes of Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton, and her lyrics rise from the depths of the soul. The first track, "King of the Universe," immediately hooks you with its twang-pop melody as Mains's soothing, hypnotic voice pulls you through the remainder of the album. What makes this album work is the honesty of the lyrics; in "Misguided" Mains casually sings, "When I said you were a piece of work, I never meant that you were any good. Tragically, you misunderstood."

Although the underlying theme of the album focuses on a failing relationship, the music provides an upbeat, everything-will-be-okay-in-the-end kind of feel. Unlike most upcoming artists whose albums bare little substance apart from the hit single, each one of Mains's songs has its own unique sound that holds its own strength - lyrically, musically, and vocally. This album marks the beginning of a promising artist.

- Knesha Yu - The Peak

"Album Review"

Release Date : June, 2004.
Label: Independent.

There appears to be a trend in the gals in Vancouver these days. It started years ago with scene breakers like Holly McNarland and Lily Frost, and Sarah McLachlan to a point – girls who were adorable but kinda hardassed and strong-willed at the same time. The new generation of girls in the city is carrying the torch. We already know about Michaela Galloway from Hinterland, Adrienne Pierce, Marta Jaciubek from Girl Nobody… and now we can add Marnie Mains to the list. She comes off as a bit of an Ani DiFranco, without being such a stark revolutionary. She’s more tangible, more effective for your average girl who needs a musical role model. So this disc, it’s not bad, if not groundbreaking. She has bluesy moments, squeaking vocals oozing with cute, sometimes she’s jivey and bossa nova. Track nine, “Liquid Nurse,” is ridiculous! I’m on vacation in Mexico. And sometimes she’s just slow. It’s pretty music for an independent woman. “Beautiful on the Inside” is supposed to be loud and I think supposed to come off as sounding vicious and powerful, but it’s recorded weakly and has some odd effects that dilute it too much. But that song is quickly followed by a pretty tune again. The last official track remind me of “Godless” from the Dandy Warhols. You know I always like a Dandy Warhols reference…

The music – some flowy acoustics, all swirling chiffon scarves and white candles. Some pick up, like it should be a Sheryl crow song if the voice weren’t so fluttery. It all sounds very accomplished. The instruments mix well, the songs are pretty diverse. I think her slower songs are her better ones as well – powerful. There’s backing vocals (her tracking over herself) that are stunning. It’s a great voice. Some of the songs have strange intros – backwards songs or random noises. Possibly superfluous because it’s on so many of the songs, but not in such a way as to make it a solid theme. And three guesses what the hidden track is numbered at.

Lyric of choice : You’ve got a nice face / bad taste / I think you’re good at what you hate.

Song of choice : "Ferris Wheel" – it’s that droney Chris Isaak guitar in the background I think. I’m a sucker. No no, it’s very movie soundtrack, quite nice.

-Andy Scheffler - Cord Music Magazine

"Marnie Mains Interview"

Singer / Songwriter Marnie Mains has something to prove. While the modern day pop music norm for guitar clutching heroines consists of well practiced angst-filled looks and a set list of repetitious themes and sounds, Mains finds success with diversity. Unlike her peers, she brings a forgotten sensibility to her craft, in part due to years of formal vocal training across the disciplines of jazz and choral. This translates to a pleasing listen of her just released self titled full length CD.

The disk offers a notably mature follow up to her 8 song EP (locally selling over 800 copies through suit case sales and word of mouth). The creation of the full length album was a labour of love for Mains, as it was carefully recorded over the last few years in 3 stages, 4 songs at a time.

“I wanted to do it right - I wanted really good production”, says Mains. “Each song is kinda different, each song is innate to itself. It’s not a straight rock or a straight pop, a lot of the songs have jazzy influences, influences from the 30’s. This album is about me finding my voice. Ultimately, I’m pretty eclectic as a song writer. I kinda like it all, and I think that shines through.”

Over the course of 60 minutes Mains takes her listener on a journey of introspection, revelation, and sultry fancy. Throughout, Mains tends to each song individually allowing every track to stand on its own sentiment and sonic merits.

“They’re all my children, but I love them for different reasons. I gravitate towards the more soulful pieces. The higher the notes the better it feels for me. I love the feeling of singing. Not surprisingly, the higher ranged songs are usually songs deeper in meaning. That’s not just flippant, there’s a greater meaning for me.”

The album has already received attention overseas, as Mains recently toured in the UK.

“The album saw England before it saw Vancouver. I went on tour in England in June. They seem to really like singer song writers, because they received us really well. We had no idea what to expect, but we were asked to perform encores right from our first show.”

Beginning in September, Mains will bring her music to a more local stage, initially with shows across Ontario, then returning to British Columbia. Mains promises a captivating show, both intimate and interactive.

“I’m gonna be playing my guitar, with only my lead guitar player accompanying me. I want [the] shows to be more charming and low-key, to showcase my vocals. My vocals are why I step on stage, and why I write songs.”
- Cord Magazine


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When her boyfriend categorically refused to teach her to play guitar, Marnie Mains broke up with him & taught herself. Actually, she stole his guitar first and then broke up with him. She still has it. He’s long gone and she's going world wide. Now available in Japan, MM's music is on the move.

Marnie’s stomping ground is the human condition and it should come as no surprise that she is adamantly honest, a little ironic and certainly complex. And while her music is angelic, soft and captivating, Marnie’s lyrics are not so anodyne. They’re witty, thought provoking and true, and she is certainly no stranger to the double-entendre

Having attracted audiences from London, England to Las Vegas, Nevada, Mexico and Japan, Marnie has toured predominantly alone with that pilfered guitar. Gracing stages such as the Opera House, the El Macombo, Healey's and the Reverb, she’s been tearing it up in the Canadian music scene. Tokyo's new sweetheart, this blue-eyed songstress can be seen and heard with her latest release hot off the press in Tokyo.

Opening up for acts including Swollen Members, Alexisonfire, Glass Tiger, Missy Higggins, Meaghan Smith, the Daughters, and the Corb Lund Band, this native Vancouverite has also enjoyed national television exposure on CBC's Music Dream, where she beat out 1000 other applicants to secure the time slot. Recently recording with talent from the Mars Volta, she has been an entire choir of vocals behind Devon Townsend and Strapping Young Lad. Her latest EP she independently produced with Daniel Powter's producer, Jeff Dawson.

Marnie recently came back from Las Vegas where she played The Palapa Lounge at the Palms, The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Brendan's Pub at The Orleans. At The Joint, swishy industry types fell for her like the rest of us. Justin Timberlake's producer called her "mesmerizing", "profound" and a "beautiful singer". We already knew that though, didn’t we?