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When listening to Tiny Vipers' new record, "Life on Earth," one starts wondering where frontwoman Jesy Fortino recorded the album.

Was it in an abandoned chapel, surrounded by dusty pews? Was it on a pristine mountainside overlooking a village? Fortino's second album evokes images of an isolated singer, accompanied only by her guitar and memories of a shattered past.

The Seattle-based singer plays ultra-slow, pensive songs rooted in acoustic guitar and deep, wistful singing.

It's hard to single out any tracks on the album as the songs blend into one another to achieve a hypnotic flow.

The droning, echo-drenched "Young God" is the only track that carries a bit of unique character, although it's also the hardest song to listen to, with its creaky vocals and monotonous piano.

Depending on your perspective, "Life on Earth" can be seen two ways.

It could be a transcendent record that induces a meditative state.

It's challenging, even for patient, accepting listeners.

Or it could be a frustratingly slow and dreary affair.

Unless a listener can devote time to listen to the album in its entirety, Tiny Vipers' melancholy can be tedious and boring.

-- Dan Miller
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