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A few rounds of heartbreak … a broken wrist … eight stitches … a blown-out eardrum … and label realignment.
It wasn’t easy getting here for Rachael Yamagata. Three years after she began to appear on the public’s radar with her self-titled debut EP and full-length album Happenstance, Yamagata will release Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart, a single record in two parts, on October 7, 2008.
The nine tracks on Elephants are darker and more vulnerable than the five gritty, defiant rock songs on Teeth Sinking into Heart. Taken together, the two halves present a complete timeline of the emotions that revolve around complicated relationships and the accompanying fallout.
Yamagata sometimes worries that her need to analyze heartache in her songwriting is too often mistaken as depressed obsession. After all, her songs are famously populated by breakups. “I see it more as a fascination with human relationships and behavior,” she says, “the struggles we create and the strength we gain.” Her lyrics display an ability to draw new wisdom and confidence from every devastating experience in the hope that the next time will be different. Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart, reveal a woman not only undaunted by such losses, but smart enough to know she deserves a lot more than she’s been asking for.