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MoE bewitches us with her intelligent, thoughtful lyrics, reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson accompanied by a soupcon of jazzy blues evocative of Kate Melua, while managing to forge a style definitively her. You’ll likely be smiling and clapping or snapping and crooning along to her infectious joie de vivre. She has an uncanny ability to give an effervescent feeling to otherwise weighty subjects. Oftentimes, one doesn’t realize what an enormous impact her song has had until long after the last note. She draws emotions like sucking poison from a wound...when you weren’t even aware that you were injured.
She has an incredible talent for harmonizing, so that she is able to make you believe you are listening to a room full of people when in fact all that talent is bottled up in one person (though sometimes two people, when accompanied by her twin sister, Jessie). The Djinn genius unleashed in songs such as "Chiaroscuro" or "Summer Rain" cannot be contained once let free. Drawing from such divers sources as Khalil Gibran’s, The Prophet, sea chanteys and Greek mythology, MoE has given us a lot to contemplate in works such as "Sand Castles" and "Neikos". She follows that heady fare with charming songs such as the prose-like "For the Love", imparting encouragement with the lyrics “for the love will carry us through, through the painful times that we knew. When the seconds in life don’t feel like enough, what we do, it is all for the love”.
Of course I would be remiss if I neglected to mention her humorous offerings. Just the first few vampy bars of "Trouble" and we know we’re in for some. "Cherry Topped Getaway"? How could that song not be epic? MoE is a perfect listen for those rainy nights huddled in a blanket with some tea, those twilit hours keening for that nameless something and for days of sunshine with the top rolled down. Who could ask for more?
- Elizabeth Beck (Americanogig)