This Is My Call, to Sing the Melodies of You: My Top 20 Sixpence None the Richer Songs (and Top 5 Covers)

“There’s more to Sixpence than Kisses and Covers.”

I’m pretty sure I used that rather defensive statement as a review title at some point. Can you blame me? It’s one hell of a dilemma that a fan of a band faces, when they have some really great material in their back catalogue, some of it thrillingly dark and moody, and some of it surprisingly fragile and reverent, and suddenly they put a twee love song on their newest album and it becomes a sleeper hit a few years later. And you really, really love that song, and are happy that people have finally heard of this band that felt like one of your best kept secrets up until that point… but then comes the inevitable pressure to follow it up. And the record label doesn’t quite know what to do with the rest of the songs on their record. And the band starts releasing cover songs in an attempt to stay relevant, and then things just get super weird. That’s the story of Sixpence None the Richer in a nutshell. And it’s a sadder and more tragic one than you’d likely expect from a band who showed that much potential.

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A Song For Every Year, Part 3: 1998-2007

This is part three of a series chronicling each year of my life as viewed through the lens of a song that was meaningful to me in some way that represents a significant aspect of my life experience in that year. This segment covers the third decade of my life. Be sure to catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 first.

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Sixpence None the Richer – Lost in Transition: Putting out a comeback album should not be this hard.

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Artist: Sixpence None the Richer
Album: Lost in Transition
Year: 2012
Grade: C+

In Brief: The swirly guitars are gone. The luscious string arrangements are gone. But Slocum and Nash still make occasional magic together, so I’ll give it a weak recommendation.

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The Best of the Ought Nots, Part III: 41-60

We’ve reached the midpoint of my personal hit list now – at some point in the 40’s is where we cross the threshold from the material bubbling just under the “5 star” barrier, to the material that I feel fully earned the highest marks in each glowing review that I wrote. The higher up we go, the more unbridled my joy in going back and revisiting the great music that the 2000’s had to offer.

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Divad’s Soundtrack #77: November-December 2008

I was really optimistic at the end of 2008. It had been a tough year, but things appeared to be changing for the better. Still, I think I was more aware of a lot of the turmoil in the world around me than I had been before. I can sort of see a cycle in these songs that I picked back then, which starts out with hope – perhaps hope that was placed in imperfect humans who meant well but couldn’t fix everything we wanted them to fix all at once – and then it moves into a sequence of frustration, jadedness and cynicism, fear, conflict, war, and even death. Ultimately, with the arrival of the Christmas season, it comes right back around to hope again… but it’s tempered with a lot more grace and patience and wisdom than the first time around.

In with the New:
Annie Moses Band

Out with the Old:
Jaci Velasquez
Sanctus Real

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Sixpence None the Richer – The Dawn of Grace: Up above these blankets white are angels filling up the sky.

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Artist: Sixpence None the Richer
Album: The Dawn of Grace
Year: 2008
Grade: B-

In Brief: Delicate, diverse, personal, and generally quite charming. The flaws are forgivable, because this album fits my usual state of mind at this time of year.

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Sixpence None the Richer – My Dear Machine EP: This is the last song that I write… Oh wait, just kidding!

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Artist: Sixpence None the Richer
Album: My Dear Machine EP
Year: 2008
Grade: A-

In Brief: A 4-track EP and a Christmas album probably aren’t the best way to stage a comeback… but I’m just glad Sixpence came back to begin with!

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