The Weather Station's fourth record is as bright as any sunny day.Paradise of Bachelors, 2017
7.9 / 10
For The Weather Station‘s fourth album, Tamara Lindeman is making a statement. After all, this is the album she chose to carry her project’s name. Indeed, The Weather Station feels like a definitive record for the singer/songwriter. Her last album, Loyalty, was solid. But her latest expands on everything good with that album. Lindeman’s strong storytelling carries over from Loyalty onto The Weather Station. Here, her life experiences influence the songs while also feeling like the thoughts of other individuals.
Many of these songs reflect the lead single, “Thirty”, which comes from Lindeman’s previous fears of turning thirty. After all, thirty can be a scary number, especially for a woman since there’s a misconception that once hitting thirty, it’s time to settle down and start having kids. Lindeman is fine being thirty without kids or some boring office job that grounds her at home. In fact, she’s having a blast, which means that you shouldn’t let someone else’s opinion dictate how your own life turns out. Still, relationships (particularly marriage) influence many of the songs of The Weather Station.
On “You and I (On The Other Side of the World)”, it’s about a marriage that’s not a marriage, just an intimate relationship that feels like one. And yet, the protagonist still wants it to be legit as if what they currently have isn’t enough. “I asked for your hand/ Like it was too intimate to ask for your mind/ Or to count on kindness/ Like I count only on your presence/ Like I don’t count on nothing else,” she sings. Then, on “The Most Dangerous Thing About You”, it appears that a couple is married to their own personal issues and can’t commit to one another. “The most dangerous thing about you is your pain/ I know for me it is the same/ It was restless – you felt it/ But never could call it by name/ It was yours for life to have and to hold,” she sings.
Many of the songs are simplistic in their approach with folksy guitar jamming and drums. However, occasional strings give the songs more body and increase their dramatic impact. Lindeman shows off her excellent vocal flow as well. She delivers her lyrics with a fast, conversational cadence that keeps you listening to every word. But really, you’ll want to hear every word because of Lindeman’s strong storytelling. Though folk music often gets a reputation as boring, that’s never the case here. Rather, The Weather Station is as exciting as the strongest rock records.