Phenomenal sophomore effort
-based, wit obsessed pop artist Poe
. Released on October 31st, 2000
, Haunted is an extremely personal record, so much so that it almost borders on "concept album
" status, dedicated to her father, Tad Z. Danielewski
). The following story is included in the liner notes:
A few years after my father died my brother and I came across a box of cassettes -- recordings of my father's voice. One was a letter to my brother that he had spoken into a tape recorder long ago; another was the recording of a speech he had given during his years as a teacher; and a few more contained random recordings of forgotten family noise. Hearing his voice again shook me to my foundation. At first I couldn't bear to listen to him, then I couldn't stop. Finally I began sampling him. It was an eerie process. Had I resurrected a ghost? In some ways I had. Ultimately I entered into a dialogue with that ghost. Pieces of that dialogue compose the story contained on this album.
The samples of Poe's father occur as segue
s from song to song, teaching, arguing, guiding a child of the past into her adulthood of the present. The songs themselves are self-assured, painting the picture of a strong woman who, in many ways, is still just a girl.
I think one of my favorite series of samples is from one of the father's lectures:
"This cannot be all there is to life because in our confrontation with a cold universe there is something comical to the idea that we can really enforce our will on humanity. Power corrupts.
". . . and at the end of it all lies of course the final phenomenon of deterioration -- entropy -- which is a predictable deterioration when the creative energy ceases: everything has to fall apart."
Poe has matured on this record, and fulfilled all the promises made
by her debut
. The album's title really sums up the general notions the album comes to. The stark and powerful beginnings
end in sentimentality
and a resigned sweetness
. It's as if we're witnessing the end of a mourning process
, and left with the resulting hope
- Exploration B
- Terrible Thought
- Walk The Walk
- Terrified Heart
- 5&1/2 Minute Hallway
- Not A Virgin
- Hey Pretty
- Dear Johnny
- Could've Gone Mad
- Lemon Meringue
- Spanish Doll
- House of Leaves
- If You Were Here