MIRAH | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Last year's double disc of dance remixes was hit-or-miss, but Olympia-based songstress Mirah is back to form with Share This Place: Songs and Observations (K Records), due out later this month. Conceived as the soundtrack to a series of animated shorts by filmmaker Britta Johnson, it's a swoony collection of bedroom orchestrals with Spanish guitar flourishes, featuring nimble bass and cello work by Lori Goldston and Lyle Hanson (billed here as Spectratone International). As always, Mirah has an easy way with big words and bookworm concepts, draping them in layers of soft charm. The album opener, "Community," includes lines like "The sum of all / All of us all / Outweighs humanity's obstinacies"; it's armchair sociology with a hint of entomology (the lyrics were partially inspired by French scientist and poet Jean-Henri Fabre), but Mirah's voice is so sweet you'd swear she's singing about true love. Laura Veirs opens. a 9:30 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $13. A --Jessica Hopper

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