"By some strange design I feign to believe that this image was mine."
While Paula Frazer's otherworldly Patsy Cline croon has gained her some attention over the years, her songwriting skills have long been overlooked. Part of this is due to the slightly heavy-handed production on Tarnation's two studio albums (this is even more the case on her solo albums), which tended to push her subtle melodies and evocative lyrics down in the mix. A Place Where I Know: 4-Track Songs 1992-2002 offers the chance to hear some of Frazer's best songs shorn of all the dusty bottom-of-a-well reverb of the studio recordings. What becomes evident after hearing many of these demos is that Frazer's voice and lyrical ability are more than up to the task of conveying a sense of tragic desolation on their own. While the recording quality of these demos varies a bit, this never gets in the way of the music, and in some cases, the tape hiss actually adds to the ethereal creepiness of the recordings.
A Place Where I Know: 4-Track Songs 1992-2002
1. The Only One (3:31)
2. Halfway to Madness (3:57)
3. An Awful Shade of Blue (2:28)
4. Idly (2:48)
5. Long Ago (3:37)
6. The Hand (3:18)
7. A Place Where I Know (2:03)
8. Taken (2:52)
9. Like a Ghost (3:12)
10. We Met by the Love-Lies-Bleeding (2:42)
11. This Is a Song (2:11)
12. Deep Was the Night (3:36)